Diamond Queen Video Slot Review
Diamond Queen is a 5 reel 20 payline slot developed by IGT. It has a mystical and magical theme and is a popular land-based game in casinos across the US. The symbols feature gemstones, diamonds and tiaras so you’ll be reminded of the classic Da Vinci Diamonds slot. It has a 1,000 coin jackpot which you can activate by getting 5 Diamond Queen logo symbols. In terms of the betting range, you can play for 20p a spin to £200 a spin.
The main attraction is the Mystical Diamond Free Spins Bonus feature which is triggered by getting 3 Mystical Diamond Bonus symbols on reels 2, 3 and 4. You will then be awarded with 3 free spins. This doesn’t sound good but I can assure you that you’ll be happy. Firstly, every time the Extra Spin symbol appears on reel 1, you are awarded an extra free spin. You can get an additional 20 free spins in the bonus feature. That’s 23 free spins in total.
More importantly, the feature will begin with the 2nd reel completely wild for the first free spin. The 2nd free spin will have the 2nd and 3rd reels completely wild and the 3rd free spin will have the 2nd, 3rd and 4th reels completely wild. This can prove immensely enriching and is a feature that is sure to become an online hit just as it has in land-based casinos.
IGT have stated that Diamond Queen is a high volatility slot meaning its high variance. Furthermore, the bonus hit frequency is low meaning that triggering the bonus feature won’t happen often. However, when it rains, it pours as they say so expect big wins when you get in eventually. Just be careful and play at low stakes so you’re comfortable. I managed to get a £3,330 win from playing at £20 a spin in the feature – that’s 166.5 times my stake!
The main negative about Diamond Queen is that I found the gameplay to be sluggish and slow – it does drive me crazy as I like fast-paced action. Cleopatra II is fast-paced (despite being around for a while) so are the newer Playtech slots like Cat Queen.