|Software:||Play ‘n GO|
|Game Type:||Video slot|
|Bet Levels:||0.20 - 100|
|Free Spins:||Yes (Max 15)|
Diamond Vortex is a new online slot for 2020. Created by Play’n Go, it’s one of the more interesting slots to come out this year thanks to its irregular set-up: it uses a 4-5-6-7-6-5-4 hexagonal grid and has you win by forming clusters of matching symbols. This grid is made up of three rings: the outer blue ring, the middle pink ring and the central orange ring. The very centre of the grid is wild on every spin.
The slot’s volatility is medium to high and its RTP is 96.02%, which is pretty good. It’s ideal for those who enjoy original slots that don’t stick to the traditional slot layout and try to do something different. It’s themed to outer space; it’s set in the depths of space and has swirling pink and white gas clouds in the background.
Symbols and Payouts
There are eight standard symbols that can land on the slot’s grid as you play. There are four stones, each one of which is a different shape and colour; there are also four crystal formations. To win, you need six or more identical symbols to land in a cluster. To count as a cluster, the symbols must be touching. Whenever you win, only the highest win per cluster is counted. The bigger the cluster, the more you’re paid. For example, if you form a cluster of six red crystal formations, your win is 1x your bet. If the cluster contains 35 or more red crystals, the payout for this is 100x your bet.
The slot has two other symbols: the Bonus symbol and the standard wild. The Bonus symbol is linked with the free spins feature, while the standard wild, just like the one that’s always in the grid’s central position, substitutes for all standard symbols.
Each of the grid’s three rings has a Zone – this is the topmost position of each ring and is highlighted. Each rings also has a Spot, which is a background that matches the ring’s colour. Zones stay where they are, while Spots can move.
Whenever you win, winning symbols are removed from the grid and the Rotate feature kicks in. All rings rotate, which causes the symbols and Spots on them to move. Once this has happened, empty gaps are filled by symbols dropping down from above. This can cause you to win again. If it does, the winning symbols will disappear and the Rotate feature will be triggered again. There’s no limit to how many consecutive wins you can earn from a single spin.
As well as the wild that’s always in the central position of the grid, you can land multi-coloured wilds. Whenever there’s one on the grid and you win, the wild moves one ring closer to the centre of the grid as the rings rotate. It remains on the grid until it reaches the middle or you get no new wins. Each wild that reaches the central position increases the multiplier by x1; it can reach a maximum value of x20 and is reset when no more consecutive wins are produced.
The slot’s Transform feature triggers whenever a Spot lands in its corresponding Zone. All symbols on that ring transform into the same symbol. If all three Spots land in their Zones at the same time, all rings will display the same symbol and you’ll receive quite a large payout.
There’s also a free spins feature. Landing a Bonus symbol in a Zone awards you five free spins. Fill all three Zones with Bonus symbols to receive 15 free spins. While using your free spins, the central wild’s multiplier increases every time a standard wild reaches it, but its value doesn’t reset; it keeps on growing until the free spins have all been used up. This can potentially give you some pretty big payouts.
Verdict: Diamond Vortex
Diamond Vortex is an interesting slot that, at first glance, doesn’t look much like a typical online slot at all thanks to its layout. However, it still has plenty of familiar slot features, such as free spins, consecutive wins from a single spin, multiplier wilds and cluster pays. Some of the more original features that the slot has to offer include Zones, Spots and Rotations. If you’re after a slot that does things a bit differently, be sure to check out the creative and exciting Diamond Vortex and see how big of a winning cluster you manage to form.