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A Fairy Tale Slot with a Short Yet Sweet Free Spins Bonus
You can always tell a fairy tale slot from the sounds. True to form, Diamond Queen from IGT has that ‘tinkling’ sound when you spin the reels. This is a beautifully produced slot, with detailed graphics and magical animations. The queen will wave a wand, acting as a wild symbol to produce extra wins. She is joined on the reels by a wizard, an elf and a diamond tiara.
For the most part, this is a solid and enjoyable slot – with the emphasis on a relaxing base game. When you trigger the bonus, you might be surprised to only get 3 free spins. This may be a short bonus game – though as you will find out, it is also very sweet!
Diamond Queen Base Game Setup
There is nothing too magical about the base game. Diamond Queen uses a regular 5-reel, 3 rows setup, with 20 win-lines. You can adjust those lines, though the structure of the bonus game makes this inadvisable. Instead, I recommend you stay with the default 20 lines, and adjust your coin size to work with your bankroll. If you are playing online, you’ll find an auto-spin option – which allows you to sit back and enjoy the show!
Logo symbols are the highest paying, these are worth 1,000 coins if you line up 5. This symbol pays all the way down to 2 from the left. All the other symbols need a minimum of 3 to trigger a prize.
Two other characters are the next highest paying symbols. A classical wizard, complete with wizard’s hat, pays 300 coins for 5. Next is an elf, who is reading a book. This is worth 250 coins for the maximum 5. A sceptre, which holds a pink jewel, and a silver tiara complete the higher paying symbols.
Smaller wins come via the playing cards. You will find aces down to jacks on the reels.
The Diamond Queen is a wild symbol. She will substitute for the regular symbols with a wand-waving animation. Note that this wild does not replace the bonus symbols.
Magical Free Spins Bonus Game
Bonus symbols show a scroll, and only appear on the middle 3 reels. If you get only 2, there is a small scatter prize. You’ll get 2x your total stake. If you get all 3, you get to play the free spins bonus game.
It might come as a surprise to only see 3 free spins awarded when you trigger this bonus. Fortunately, these are not your usual free spins. They involve completely wild reels.
For the first spin, you’ll see reel 2 completely wild. While this can help create wins (especially if you hit any regular wilds), things get even better. After that spin, an animation appears, where the queen walks from reel 1 to reel 2. You now have two reels wild, which guarantees the 3 of a kind wins. Things get even better for the final spin. Now you have reels 2, 3 and 4 all wild. This ensures 4 of a kind wins – and if you get matching symbols you might get several 5 of a kind wins as well.
You can retrigger this bonus with just a single bonus symbol. This will need to appear during the first two spins – as all the middle reels are covered during the final spin.
Fairy Tale Slot Design
Around the reels you will see trees, shrouded in a purple mist. Gems are used for the line markers on either side of the reels. All the symbols are detailed, with the gems on the sceptre and tiara appearing to sparkle. The wizard looks amazing, with classic white beard and pointed hat.
When you win with any of the higher paying symbols, animations bring the game to life. Look out for the Diamond Queen – she will wave her wand, sparks appear, and the symbol then becomes wild. Sound effects are electronic, though manage to complete the mystic theme well.
Will You Live Happily Ever After with the Diamond Queen Slot?
For fans of solid, beautifully produced slots, Diamond Queen is recommended. While many games these days try and out-do each other in complexity, this game keeps things solid and enjoyable. The graphics are detailed, and the animations are worth seeing. Things get exciting fast in the free spins game. While you only have 3 spins, the potential for big wins is high. For your 3rd and final spin, all 3 middle reels are wild – meaning those 4 of a kind wins are guaranteed. You’ll still have the opportunity for that 5th symbol – more than enough to live happily ever after!