|Maximum jackpot in coins
|from $0.05 up to $6
|Coin Bet Range
|from $0.01 up to $0.6
|Coins per line
There's quite a bit of history to be found in different classic-style slots and all of the motifs like fruit, bells and bar symbols that can be found in them. Gamomat knows this, so they put together the Maaax Diamonds slot to give players a chance to experience those older concepts and style of visuals in the context of a more modern video slot. The end result is an entry into the subgenre of throwback games with a little more of a focus on features than what you'd typically get in a three-reel title.
Something this developer does that we really like is that they often give players some options between how many paylines they want to play with, but unlike other companies, they don't penalize you if you want to play with a lower number. In this particular slot, there are five reels with three horizontal rows, but you can choose to play with five or ten paylines. It doesn't affect the payouts themselves, and it doesn't affect the return to player percentage (ie: the payout rate). It simply gives you a way to customize your experience a little bit more than you'd normally get.
That's especially important here since five-reel classic slots were popular, but 10-payline video slots also get quite a bit of play. You can get either style of play here, which is an interesting thing to note about this game. In terms of betting, coin sizes run from $0.01 to $2 apiece. That puts the betting range between $0.05 at the low end and $20 per turn at the high end. You can surely find a bet size that fits what you're comfortable with along these lines unless you're a super high roller.
Expanding Wild Diamond Symbol
No matter how many paylines you choose to play with, you'll still have the diamond symbol show up on the second, third and fourth reels. This diamond symbol is a wild, and that means that you're going to get more chances to hit winning payouts than you would have received without them. This is an important feature for this game because it's based on a classic slot motif, and they almost never had wild symbols like this. Moreover, diamond symbols have a habit of being really important for jackpots in three-reel games, so there's a tie-in there.
To make these wilds worth even more, they expand every single time they show up. No matter which position they fall into, whenever they appear on the reels, they will expand vertically in both directions to cover the whole reel. This gives you a tremendous opportunity for multi-line payouts, and it drastically increases the value that the diamonds give you overall. On top of that, it makes it much easier to hit several payouts on the same spin if you get two or three of them on the reels at once, so you can end up getting yourself a major jackpot-sized win thanks to these diamonds.
We want to point out first and foremost that these payouts are based on having coin sizes of $0.10, but the number of lines you're betting on does not matter. If you adjust your bet size per line, the prizes will scale up or down accordingly.
First up is the lucky red seven, and five of a kind will get you a 250x top win. The bar and bell symbols make up the rest of the top-level pays, and they're both symbols that were originally for one specific type of game, and they each come from the name of a company. They also each give you 50x for five of a kind on an activated payline.
Fruit Symbols and Wins
Five different types of fruit make up the remaining symbols. Watermelon or grapes earn 25x for five, and five of the orange, lemon or cherry will get you 10x. These fruit symbols come from an original game that would give players different flavors of gum as prizes in an effort to skirt gambling laws that centered around money-based prizes. It's fun to know where things like this come from because many people just take them for granted.
If you're into games that are throwbacks to classic slots, then the Maaax Diamonds slot by Gamomat will likely be something you can get into. However, that's really the only crowd that will probably get much replay value out of this particular title. It's suited to a specific niche instead of trying to be competitive with all over video slots, and that's why the graphics and feature set are less impressive than what you see from most other titles by this company.
With that having been said, it definitely sets out to do what it was designed to do, and that's to give classic slot fans a stepping stone to try to enter into vidoe slot territory that they can enjoy.