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The novelty themed slots seem to be the only ones that consumers now pay attention to, with the less attractive ones taking a backseat, reserved for gamers with a particular passion for retro. Enter the real cash slot Diamond Monkey, both an old school and heavily themed title all rolled into one big set of 5-reels.

Despite having been released in 2013, the graphics have a very distinct feel to them, taking us back to when games stomped along instead of moving with fluidity. It’s nostalgia inducing, and as such, it invokes a positive response from the vast majority of us. Even though it harks back to the old school, there’s no storyline to get involved with, with the brand having assumed a very casual position on the whole matter. Entertainment = more players = more money.

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Tastes of India

The visuals of this slot are a feast for the eyes, though those sensitive to light might want to decrease the brightness of their devices, or at the very least wear sunglasses; Amatic have gone for all the vivid colours. However, the primary shade of choice is a royal blue, with intricate patterns embedded into the colour palette to make the design even more nauseating.

In some respects, it’s nice to see such a culturally inspired theme, and yet the developers have gone so overboard it overwhelms and takes away from what’s actually happening on the 50 paylines. So instead of getting too involved in storylines, you get bogged down by the aesthetics themselves…

Monkey Madness

The wild and scatter share a common element in this title – they’re both the same tile. Yes, just to confuse you all, they’re the same grinning, gold crowned monkey.

To tell the difference, you have to know what each does; the wild simply substitutes other icons, and gives a cash payout of between 500 and 5,000 credits. Not to mention you collect a gemstone every time one appears. Whereas the scatters need to show up in a combination of three or more for 10 extra spins to be gifted to you.

Let’s imagine that you’ve lined up over three, and are now about to start your free games; you’ll be shown a wheel of symbols, with one of them selected at random to become your Expanding Symbol. This is essentially what the Super Symbol was in Big Panda. This exciting addition isn’t ruled by the traditional consecutive combination wins, and so can payout more freely.

To sweeten the deal even further, more games can be activated during this round, meaning you get a lot more bang for your buck.

Unique Betting Format

What we most enjoy about the interface of Amatic titles is how they visualise the lines and betting amounts, although there’s the widgets underneath the grid, there’s also a column on either side of it. They both allow you to use a (-) and (+) option to alter the settings, thus giving you two ways to customise instead of just one. On a logical level, there’s no need for this, but from an ease of use point of view, the columns offer more clarity about what you’re betting rather than the plain buttons below.

The most winlines you can play with is 50, however those looking to up the volatility and therefore challenge of the activity, can reduce that number down to 10. When you do that, you can expect a lower RTP percentage; it isn’t something we’d recommend novices to opt in for. Though in truth, this probably isn’t a game that well suited those unfamiliar with the dynamics of real cash slots in the first place.

Monkeying Around

Diamond Monkey is one of the quirkier titles from Amatic, and not simply because of its looks, but also because the scatter and wild are one and the same. Nevertheless, whilst it stands out from its peers, it doesn’t do so because of exceptional gameplay or rewards, thus reducing the enjoyment of the title. Much improvement would be needed to make this a regular game on your list, but for those that want a quick in and out punt, it’s ideal.