Licensed from Big Time Gaming, Diamond Mine is Blueprint Gaming’s first Megaways slot, and is modelled on BTG’s Bonanza slot. But here are you are mining diamonds, and literally so. The glistening diamond on the reels is the highest-paying symbol of the game. There are six reels, with one extra horizontal reel, above the reels 2, 3, 4, and 5. The symbols on the reels vary from 2 to 7 with every spin. Seven symbols on all the reels, excluding the horizontal reel, can make up to 117,649 pay-lines.
The slot has some great visual appeal that players have come to expect from BTG. The game is set in the wild American west with a dry landscape, clear skies and some cacti thrown in. The least valuable symbols are the usual 9-A cards. The other symbols are pickaxes, lanterns, spades, a live stick of dynamite, and the lone miner holding what seems to be a diamond. The symbols are all associated with the title and theme of the game. The mystery symbol can be literally explosive, as we shall see a little later.
The reels cover the mouth of the mine and fall in cascading fashion. When winning combinations land, they disintegrate to allow other symbols to cascade from above, and hopefully disintegrate again after making other rewarding combos. The live dynamite is the wild that can replace every symbol to create winning combinations apart from the sack of gold, which is the scatter. You want to see 4 or more sacks of gold across the reels, since all the fun begins with the free spins. The wild only appears on the horizontal reel, but can still help make pretty explosive combinations.
Diamond Mine has a return to player rate of 96.43%, which is fractionally higher than most games. It is a medium-to-high volatility slot, which leans on the higher side. You’re mining diamonds, and this is where your winnings lie. The diamond is the highest-paying symbol. If you can get them to land at once on 2, 3, 4, 5, or all 6 reels, their respective values are multiplied by 2, 5, 10, 25, and 50. For the top jackpot, this may not seem too impressive, but you have to remember this is not the only payout you will receive.
Diamond Mine is a Megaways fixture, and the games mechanism potentially gives you 117,649 ways to win. Still, with 6 reels and extra rows of symbols, you can hit significantly rewarding combinations in the base game itself. However, the maximum wins are to be made during the free spins rounds, which pay in unlimited multipliers. When the mystery symbol lands, it turns into any of the standard symbols on the screen, except the scatter. The rewarding potential of this feature is immense.
Diamond Mine has an innovative feature called the Mystery Symbol and it can be quite a blast. The symbol itself is a barrel labeled TNT, and there is no saying into which symbol it will transform. When the TNT barrel lands anywhere on the screen, it turns into any of the other symbols at random. This sets off a series of symbol-combination blasts, given the cascading action of the reels.
The TNT barrel effectively expands the sequence of identical symbols across the reels, creating higher-paying combinations.
Though a combination of scatters can always produce payouts, their main function and attraction is to trigger an event in the game, usually a free spins round. In Diamond Mine, you need to get four sacks of gold to appear anywhere on the reels to trigger a round of 12 free spins, plus another 5 spins on the house for every additional scatter that appears with it.
The free spins round comes with Unlimited Win Multipliers, which starts at 1x for the first winning combination, and then increases by 2x, 3x, and so on with every additional hit during the round. Another attraction of this round is that if three scatters appear again, you get 5 additional free spins and the number increases to 10 if four gold sacks appear.
You can take the Diamond Mine anywhere you want since it is fully-compatible with all major mobile operating platforms. The game supports virtually all mobile devices and tablets that run on Android, Windows Phone, iOS, and Blackberry. Therefore, you can play on virtually the entire spectrum of mobile devices, from budget smartphones to the flashiest iPod of the day.
Diamond Mine is also coded with HTML5, which means the game automatically adjusts to the small screen. The game plays out in full HD clarity and original audio quality, just like on desktops or laptops. As long as your mobile device supports one of the modern browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Windows Edge, and Safari, etc., you are good to go. This also means you should have a stable internet connection wherever you are playing from.
Players have already given their verdict by repeatedly spinning the reels of this Megaways engine all over the world. Though the Megaways mechanism is built into many other games by Blueprint as well, Diamond Mine was its first Megaways title, and will always be celebrated for that. Since the game was published some time ago, the younger generation may find the graphics a bit simplistic, but that does not take anything away from the slot, least of all its popularity. Diamond Mine is an extremely productive slot, both in terms of playing entertainment and its rewarding potential.