In January 2018, Microgaming released a game called Deco Diamonds, which was an Art Deco themed slot developed by Just For The Win. That game has been a big hit among players, and so it wouldn’t have surprised anyone to hear that a sequel would be forthcoming. What might be surprising is the fact that it is already with us, less than two years after the launch of the original, in the form of Deco Diamonds Deluxe.
Sequel or Upgrade?
Whether Deco Diamonds Deluxe is actually a sequel or simply an upgraded version of the original game is a question that we will leave online slots philosophers to argue about for the rest of time, but there is no doubt that this latest release is every bit as satisfying as Deco Diamonds fans could have wanted.
The Deco Diamonds Deluxe Format
Deco Diamonds Deluxe is, like its predecessor, a five reel slot with three rows and nine pay lines. The game has the same Art Deco theme which hearkens back to the ‘roaring twenties’ when jazz music was all the rage and ‘flappers’ celebrated their growing freedom from the previously accepted conventions of how women were supposed to behave. It was a time of societal progress, and the music and art which was popular at the time has continued to be associated with that sense of progress and liberty, which is one of the reasons why the Art Deco style is still loved by millions.
The visual setting of this game is fairly simple, and comprises a loose diamond pattern of brass-coloured lines against a dark red background. The five reels have been designed to look like the mechanical drum-shaped reels of the time, and the symbols used in the game all have clean, simple lines that fit the theme perfectly. Symbols include cherries, plums, lemons, watermelon slices, bells, golden 7’s and blue diamonds, as well as a Deco Diamonds Deluxe logo, which serves as both a wild and a scatter that can trigger two different features.
Music plays a key role in helping you to enjoy a genuine 1920’s atmosphere as you play this game, with a soundtrack that would have no doubt delighted the flappers of the time. A variety of more modern sound effects accompany wins and other game events, and these work surprisingly well with the retrospective soundtrack to provide a rich and engaging experience.
Deco Diamonds Deluxe Respin Feature
As we said a few moments ago, the Deco Diamonds Deluxe symbol can help you to trigger two different features, and the Respin is the first of these. You will need to get two, three or four of these symbols on the reels to trigger the feature, and when you do so the symbols will be locked into place and the remaining reels will spin again. If more Deco Diamonds Deluxe symbols appear than those will also be held for another respin, and so on, until no more symbols appear or until all reels have them.
Bear in mind the fact that the Deco Diamonds Deluxe symbol also serves as a wild symbol and the possibilities here are enormous.
Just For The Boost
A Just For The Boost feature is one that you can enable at any time. Doing so will increase your bet by 50% and will give you a shot at triggering the Deco Diamonds Deluxe Symbol Nudge. The curvature of the reels allows you to see not only the symbols on the three rows in play, but also glimpse the symbols on the rows above and below. With the Just For The Boost feature active, if any Deco Diamonds Deluxe symbol lies just above or below the main three rows, the corresponding reel will nudge one move to bring the symbol into play so that it can serve as a wild or help you to trigger a feature.
Bonus Wheel Feature
The main feature of this game is the Bonus Wheel, which can be triggered by getting three, four or five Deco Diamond Deluxe symbols on the reels. You will then gain access to the Silver, Gold or Diamond Levels of a Bonus Wheel, according to how many special symbols triggered the feature.
The Bonus Wheel comprises a number of segments, each of which is set to trigger the payment of a different prize. The Silver and Gold level wheels also have segments which allow you to progress to a higher level, so it is possible to go from Silver to Gold to Diamond, and the Diamond level wheel will give you a shot at winning up to 1,000 times your bet.
A Captivating Sequel
‘Building on the popularity of the original Deco Diamonds game released in January last year, Just For The Win have successfully built a captivating sequel,’ said James Buchanan, who is Director of Global Operations at Microgaming. ‘The Just For The Boost with Deco Diamonds Deluxe Symbol Nudge is a perfect addition to this title, allowing for the opportunity to turn near-misses into fantastic wins and triggering a spin on the coveted Bonus Wheel.’
Johan Persson, who is CEO at Just For The Win, was keen to emphasise the value of the new mechanics and features of this game. ‘Deco Diamonds Deluxe is a glamorous, art-deco inspired slot with all the charm and excitement of the Jazz Age,’ he said. ‘Glistening diamonds, fruits and a full cast of glittering symbols zoom across the reels in this fast-paced title complemented by a superb soundtrack. Deco Diamonds Deluxe pairs new mechanics with enhanced original features to create a truly spectacular game with the potential for significant rewards.’
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