Diamonds Down Under Slot from Rival Gaming
The central character in this slot looks like an over the top Crocodile Dundee, complete with corks hanging from his hat, shark teeth and a huge knife. The theme is mostly the well-known Australian clichés, with a diamond mining bonus game tagged on. This is one of the older real money video slots in the Rival Gaming range, while it is enjoyable to play the graphics and animations are starting to show their age.
There is a free games bonus round, break out diamond mining bonus and you can win up to 5000 coins a line in regular play too – plenty of reasons to give Diamonds Down Under a look.
How to Win on Diamonds Down Under
The pick axe is the symbol you’ll want to see on the reels – this is both the wild (it will substitute for all of the regular symbols, not scatters) and has the biggest prize attached. 5 of these on one of the 15 lines will get you 5000 coins, with 1000 for 4, 100 for 3 and 10 for just 2.
Following this is the central character with his cork hat – worth 500 coins for 5 and also paying down to 2 on a line. Remaining symbols pay from 3 or more from the left. In descending order of prizes these are; diamonds (400 for 5), boomerang (350), platypus (300) crocodiles (150), kangaroos (100), koalas (100), a can of beer (65) and a kangaroo on a road sign (also 65).
There are 2 more symbols; these are not tied to the win lines – triggering the bonus games instead.
Diamonds Down Under Bonus Games
Free spins are triggered by the symbol with the aboriginal in it. The number of spins you receive depends on how many are visible anywhere on the reels when you trigger the bonus. 3 gets you 10 free spins, 4 is worth 20 spins and 5 is good for 100 free spins. There is no difference in the game play between the regular game and the free spins – though all wins are worth 3x the amount listed on the pay table. A small counter in the center above the reels will keep count of your remaining spins and total your wins.
Hitting 3 treasure maps will trigger the break out bonus game. Here you will see a mine scene and a map will appear over the reels. There are 7 areas of this map, and you get to click 3 of them – revealing a prize in coins. You then go back to the mine, where you see an animation of a minor and then cart bringing diamonds towards you – which then shows your total win. This game is basic compared to more modern bonus games.
Setup and Gameplay for Diamonds Down Under
Like most Rival Gaming video slots, you’ll find a 5 reel setup with 3 rows of symbols on each reel. This one uses 15 pay lines, though you are welcome to play fewer than this. You can choose your coin size from between 1c and $1, and choose up to 5 coins per line. This makes the maximum spin a large $75, with the smallest spin amount 15c for all of the lines.
The reels are transparent, with some kind of aboriginal design behind them and a digeridoo on top and below. You can see the trademark red rocks of Australia either side of the reels. Symbols do look older and some of them are just plain bad in their design. The koala in particular looks more like a child’s drawing than something you’d expect on a slot. There are the usual basic animations with boxes around the symbols when you hit wins.
In the background while you play is a digeridoo sound – this is not as bad as it sounds, as it is in the background with the different slot sounds coming over the top. The animation for the bonus round is retro by the standards of many slots, though this is perfectly functional in relation to the game.
I have seen better mining themed slots, better Australia themed slots and better slots on many subjects by Rival Gaming. This is by no means the worst slot I have ever played, and there is the potential for some big wins – especially during the free spins game. If you enjoy these themes, then why not take Diamonds Down Under for a spin!