Full Moon Diamond Slots
This slot is based on the wildlife of America before it was settled. Buffalo, raccoons and wolves grace the reels, with an attractive lake and frozen mountain backdrop above the reels. When you load up this Konami slot, you will immediately spot the unusual setup of the reels. Instead of a 5×3 or 5×4 grid, these are in a 4-5-4-5-4 pattern – 5 reels in total with interlocking hexagons allowing for the unique pattern.
There are 40 win-lines crossing this layout from the left. With plenty of stacked symbols, you’ll get wins in groups. The background to the reels has a snowflake pattern, which adds to the frozen north atmosphere. Your biggest wins will come from the free spins game, where the look of the slot completely changes!
Moon Diamond Slot
Despite the unusual reel setup, the standard ways of winning apply. You’ll need 2 or more matching symbols on a win-line from the left hand side. The top paying symbol is the wolf, which is a portrait of steely eyes looking right at you. This is worth 1000x your line bet for 5, 200x for 4 50x for 3 and 5x for just 2. Next in the pay table comes the buffalo (which strangely is a purple color), stag, raccoon and then the salmon. Playing card symbols are also in play for the smaller wins; these require a minimum of 3 on a pay line to trigger a win.
Diamonds are the wild symbols (known as the ‘substitute’ symbols by Konami). These replace any of the animal or card symbols to create wins, though they do not replace the full moon bonus symbols.
The full moon pays a scatter prize, and also triggers the free spins bonus game. The scatter ranges from 1x your bet for 2, 5x for 3, 10x for 4 to a generous 100x your total bet for 5. If you get 3, 4 or 5 of these you will win 10, 15 or 25 free spins.
Free Spins Bonus Game
When the bonus game kicks in the serene atmosphere of America’s frozen north is rudely interrupted. The background instead goes red, like the plush upholstery of a theatre. The Konami face icon appears at the top, and some show time type music plays.
Each of the reels now has a diamond above it, which will change colors while you play. Some spins will have identical symbols on reels 1 and 5, while others will have identical symbols on reels 2 and 3. What is more, the reels will stop in a different order to normal – with the center reel being last on many occasions. If big wins are possible, this speeds up with a sound effect on top.
While it does take you out of the theme, this is an entertaining bonus game – those identical symbols do give you the chance of some bigger wins, especially when you combine them with some of the substitute (diamond) symbols.
How Full Moon Diamond Works
Hexagonal symbols and the 4-5-5-5-4 setup might seem confusing, though you will quickly realize that game-play is very simple. There are 40 win lines, and this number is predetermined. All you need to do is select the size of the coin you wish to play for, and hit the spin button. The minimum coin amount is 2c, which means 80c per spin. You can bet for $20 per line on this game, a massive $800 per spin! Auto play and mute are optional extras.
The design of this slot is well done – in particular the visuals around the frame of the reels looks good. There is a glowing full moon, with some running wolves, a frozen lake, mountains and a very detailed tree. On the reels the animal symbols have a lot of detail 100. Whether they fit together so well is a matter of personal taste (I would question the purple buffalo for sure!).
One thing which lets all the Konami slot machines down for me are the sounds. Nothing spoils the serene atmosphere of the frozen north like tunes that sound like they were created on a 1980’s home computer.
Full Moon Diamond – Conclusion
This really does feel like a live casino slot, even when played online. The game-play is solid, and the unusual reel configuration is a stand out feature in the otherwise crowded niche of American native wildlife. The best part of this slot (the free spins game) dispenses with the serene theme altogether, instead giving you a show time tune and red background. If you win big on this, I am sure you’ll be able to forgive the interruption!