The layout here is much smaller than most modern activities you’ll come across, and so it might initially put new gamers off, however if you can overcome the dynamics of the title, you’re sure to have a lot of enjoyment.
Instead of being driven by unknown twists and turns, Diamond and Fruits derives its entertainment from several symbols upon a fixed 5 paylines model. It’s precise, compact and nononese. By having these smaller parameters to work with, it does mean that navigating can be tricky, as wins don’t turn up all that often.
9 Is the Magic Number
In total there’s 9 symbols to engage with, all of them delivering money based prizes – there’s no scatter, no free spins, there’s even no wild. This is as plain as a slot machine can get. Therefore, you’ll have to keep your eyes focused on earning that top figure of money, which happens to be a reasonable but low paying 1,500 credits.
As far as payments go, this is a minute sum to be awarded. That being said, when you consider that the maximum stake is only worth 10 coins, it soon becomes clear as to why the top prize isn’t larger. Sadly though, it means that high rollers needn’t bother with this one, as at most they’ll walk away with pocket money rather than a jackpot of millions.
Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!
So far it’s been very mundane with Diamond and Fruits, but the ante is about to be upped in the form of the gamble feature, of which there’s two: a card and ladder option. These are seen across most of Merkur’s titles, and so will be all too recognisable.
Both games have a simple system to work with; in the card game you need to select the right colour to double your money, whereas with the ladder game you need to land a sum higher than the initial amount selected. The most both of these can award you is 140 credits, which for a double or nothing is rather impressive. That being said, the likelihood of making it that far is small because the volatility seems more intense here than anywhere else in the game.
Fortunately for everyone, there’s a perk to be found here, and that’s in the form of the collect half widget. This beauty ensures you only put a fraction of your most recent win down, rather than the whole lot, meaning you won’t be bled dry if the round goes pear shaped.
Diamond Encrusted Fruits
To some, the theme of gemstones and fruits will be more than titillating enough, for it harks back to the golden days of retro gaming, but for others it will be dull and lifeless. Seeing as the design is so subjective, we’ll instead look more closely at the paytable; in short, it lacks impact. Variance can only be found in the fact that different symbols are used, which isn’t exactly inspiring for those looking to play for real.