As you wait for the game to load, a giant nebula appears, and you wonder whether you’re going to look for diamonds in space. But soon a hexagonal, looped grid is set against the nebula, which is full of what look like fruits and other space stuff, you presume. On closer look however, they turn out to be various kinds of cosmic crystals and space rocks. The mayhem begins once you start spinning the reels and the cosmic dance begins. We can try to script Play n’ Go’s wild choreography, but playing the demo version will give you firsthand experience.
Diamond Vortex is a hexagonal grid slot with a 4-5-6-7-6-5-4 arrangement, which Play ‘n Go has used to good effect in its earlier titles. The format is fluid and affords much flexibility in innovating new mechanics and payline algorithms. The 4 to 7 reels are made by three concentric loops through which symbols cascade, but cluster wins are made within the loops. 6 matching symbols constitute a cluster, which is then released from the loop and new symbols cascade on the reels, potentially creating more winning clusters.
Each cascade win triggers the Rotate Feature, which can accelerate the game’s pace while you desperately try to stay in the loop, figuratively speaking. Each concentric loop contains a ‘Spot’ and a ‘Zone’. Zones are fixed at the top of each loop, while ‘Spots’ begin at the bottom of the loops and rotate as progressive cascade wins occur until they reach a zone, triggering the ‘Transform’ feature of the game as we shall see. There is also a bonus symbol or scatter, which triggers free spins.
Diamond Vortex has two types of wilds: the standard wild, which is called the Core Wild and the Sticky Wild. Both wilds substitute symbols to form win combos, but each has different properties. The lone Core Wild sits in core of the grid at all times. The Sticky Wild is more of a jumping jack; whenever it forms a win, it hops to a new loop. When it becomes one with the Core Wild, the ‘Consume’ feature is activated.
Well, it’s a space game, and everything depends upon the stars. Diamond Vortex is a mid to high variance game, which is good news, since the overall win potential becomes higher. The various innovative features of the game account for a return to player rate of 96.2%. Betting starts at the $0.20, though high rollers can go up to $100.00 a spin. As mentioned, wins are made in clusters when 6 or more matching symbols are trapped in the concentric loops.
There are four high paying quartz-like crystals and four low paying inter-stellar objects, all painted in various colors. Cluster wins can involve many matching rocks. Wins involving more than 35 low paying symbols can pay 10 times the base bet. When the same amount of pinkish, high paying crystals constitute a cluster win the bet multiplier can go up to 100 times. As with many similar games by Play ‘n Go, the maximum win potential of Diamond Vortex is 5,000 times your bet.
Every cluster win activates the Rotate feature, where the innermost and outer loop move clockwise, while the center ring moves in the opposite direction. This has the effect of the non-winning symbols moving with the loops, which new symbols cascade down from above. This can help create new cluster wins, which will retrigger the Rotate feature.
You will remember that the Sticky Wild hops closer to the Core Wild after every cluster win. When the Sticky Wild hops on the Core Wild, it gets ‘consumed’ by the latter. The game’s win multiplier increases by 1 whenever a Sticky Wild gets thus ‘consumed’. The win multiplier is applied to any cluster wins that involve the Core Wild. The win multiplier can go up to a maximum of x20, but resets to x1, when the feature comes to a halt.
The Transform feature is activated whenever the Spots travel to a Zone. When this happens, all the symbols in the ring, or loop, get into the same pay symbol, creating cluster wins where there were none. The feature has the potential to transform all the symbols in all loops, filling the entire hexagonal grid with just symbol and creating exponential wins. But after that, the Spots return to their original places at the bottom of the ring.
The earthy scatter and free spins may seem out of place in all the inter-galactic action taking place, but it can be another useful feature to give you more cluster wins without affecting your bankroll. When the bonus rotates into Zone, 5 free spins are awarded. When this happens during the Consume feature, Spots do not go back to their original place between spins and the Core Wild multiplier is also not reset. If the bonus scatter moves to the Zones, you get another 5 free spins.
By all means, play this game while on the move, but only once you’ve understood how the game works. Diamond Vortex carries HTML5 coding which supports all mobile platforms like Android and iOS, etc. Hence, this game can be played on all Smartphones and tablets that run on these systems. You will a reliable internet connection at all times to play in real time. We suggest landscape mode to optimally enjoy all the aspects of the game.
Diamond Vortex is a winning addition to Play ‘n Go’s portfolio of slots with cascading reels and cluster pays. But the developer has really gone to town with the 4-5-6-7-6-5-4 grid engine. Yes, it can take some time to figure out the game’s features and other dynamics, but ultimately Diamond Vortex is a game that pays out in more ways than one.