IGT's Diamond Queen slot was relatively quick making the transition from land-based to online and the
version above is pretty much identical in all respects to the one I've played at casinos in London. There are a couple
of differences in that the stacked Diamond Queen symbols don't appear in the base game and the animations in the feature
are a bit drab but otherwise, same game and in fact, the online version probably has a higher RTP (theoretical return) too.
The thing about this game is that it is very high variance. Compared to playing Cleopatra
or the classic tumbling reels game Davinci Diamonds you
can go for really long periods with not a lot happening which can be frustrating but what you are playing for is the free
spion feature which introduces wild reels. You only get 3 free spins but each one adds another entirely wild reel to the equation.
The third spin is usually the most lucrative as you would expect but it can also be a dud.
I generally prefer high risk games and there are quite a few online slots here that match up but this one
has never really grabbed me. Where other higher variance games like IGT's Cleopatra 2 or one of
my all-time favourite games, the Great Blue slot by Playtech keep you more interested with
more regular features or stacked wilds, you are only playing Diamond Queen to get the free spin feature and even then, only the 3rd
spin does anything worthwhile generally.
One thing I have started to notice more and more in the land-based casinos round here is that the lower variance
games that used to dominate, games like the Wolf Run slot, Enchanted Unicorn
and Cleopatra are getting replaced gradually with more volatile games, including Diamond Queen. To be fair, some are
getting a bit long in the tooth now and the new multi-slot kiosks give more options but it is definitely a
trend, perhaps inspired by Novomatic's Gaminator machines which have some very volatile games on them like
the very popular Book Of Ra. Or maybe it's coincidence, who knows.
IMPORTANT: Please note that IGT slot games are blocked in some countries including the USA and Australia
meaning the play for fun option on Diamond Queen probably won't work either - for now.