Diggin’ Deep Slot from Rival Gaming
You’ll know that you are in for a good humored experience right from the intro video with Diggin’ Deep.
A yellow minor with a big beard will attempt to bash the rocks to reveal the slot logo.
The game will not disappoint, this is top class in terms of gameplay, graphics and depth – with bonus rounds nested inside the free spins game.
Winning Big by Diggin’ Deep
There are plenty of different ways to win on this 20 line video slot. I have started with the regular payouts and expanding wilds, then the covered the free spins game and the nested mining bonus.
Goblins are the biggest paying symbol. This is not the Lord of the Rings style goblin, more a fairytale comedy green one. You’ll get 1000 coins for lining up 5, with 100 coins for 4 and 30 coins for 3.
The number of wins you can hit is helped by the expanding wild symbol. This is the yellow minor guy. Where it is possible to make more wins, this symbol will cover all 3 of the spaces on a reel with wild symbols. This can be for more than one reel at a time – and as you will see below, wild symbols come with a multiplier during the free spins and the super round.
Next on the pay table comes different mining tools. Lamps have the best prize, worth 500 coins for 5, with picks (300), mallets (250), wheelbarrows (175_ and shovels following this. Carts, gems and a bucket take the place of playing card characters in making up the smaller wins.
Digging Deep Bonus Games
Hitting the cog wheels which start the regular free spins round will allow you to get to the other bonus games. As usual the number of free spins you receive depends on how many are visible on the reels for the triggering spin. You get 10 free spins for 3, 25 for 4 and 50 spins for 5.
The main difference during the free spins is that all wins involving the expanding wild symbol get a 2x multiplier. This can be very useful those times you get multiple wild reels.
New symbols also now appear on the reels. One is a crate with a purple question mark on it. This triggers the pick-a-crate round. This is a simple game; you see crates on a conveyor belt and choose one by clicking on it to reveal a prize in coins.
If you hit free spin (cog) symbols during the free spins round, you’ll get a second type of free spins called the ‘dig for gold super round’. Here the wild symbols have a 3x multiplier – and there are now gold bar symbols on the screen.
Hitting 3 of the gold bars triggers the break out bonus, which involves digging for gold. You see a cross section of the ground, with several starting points shown at the top. Your minor can dig by clicking on the squares, and can go in any direction or even start new mines. You will discover gold and gems, which give you cash prizes as you dig. Once you hit a troll, you will see a big troll in front of the screen – and your bonus round will end.
Gameplay and Design for Diggin’ Deep
With a real money slot game this well designed and with complex bonus games – it is easy to overlook the basics. This is a 5 reel video slot, with 3 rows of symbols on each reel and 20 (selectable) win lines. You can choose to play from 1c to 25c coins – and up to 10 coins per line if you wish. This puts the lowest spin for all 20 lines at just 20c.
There are some really nice touches with the design of this slot. The yellow skinned minor has an avatar which ‘hosts’ the slot from the bottom right of the reels. He pulls a lever, which makes cogs move as you spin the reels. Those reels are transparent, showing a detailed mine view behind. Animations are well done, and a lot more detailed that the flashing or movement you will get on many slots. For example winning with the cart will show you an animation where a track appears and the cart zooms away.
The mining bonus game reminded me of computer games in the 1980’s. This is very entertaining and avoiding those trolls can result in some big wins too. There is a happy tune playing while you spin, as well as various mining noises to tie in with the theme.
A wonderful slot – I’ll be back to take it for another spin for sure. With enough bonus games to keep you engaged, plenty of ways to win and that all-important element of humor, this slot has all the right elements to become a hit.