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Although the Italian was an undoubted genius across many disciplines, it is his skill with a paintbrush and canvas that is celebrated in the exciting and hugely popular Da Vinci Diamonds slot game from IGT.
This slot has undoubtedly been a huge success in online casinos since its initial release, so let’s take a closer look at it to understand exactly why.
Overview: Da Vinci Diamonds
At first glance, the Da Vinci Diamonds slot looks rather uninspired. It is a 5×3 slot, with a tumbling reels feature in operation.
This means rather than reels spinning, on each spin the symbols tumble into place on the reels from above, and then, when a winning payline is created, the symbols part of the payline disappear and are replaced with fresh symbols from above. This can trigger multiple winning paylines from a single spin.
The slot also features a number of coloured gems as the in-game low symbols, while a number of Da Vinci’s most famous portraits act as the high symbols. The Da Vinci Diamonds logo is the highest paying base game symbol (5,000-coin jackpot).
There is also the usual wild symbol, plus a free spins bonus round activated by landing three or more bonus symbols across the reel.
Who will the Da Vinci Diamonds slot appeal to?
There is no doubt that the Da Vinci Diamond slot will appeal to lovers of the work of this Italian genius. However, there’s also a lot to enjoy for the humble slot fan too.
Fans of free spins bonus rounds will find trying to land the bonus symbols a challenge, while regular base game wins of all sizes mean that punters who enjoy lower variance games will find plenty here, too.
Where to play Da Vinci Diamonds in New Jersey
It almost seems as if there are as many legal New Jersey online casino sites offering the Da Vinci Diamonds game as there are facets on a diamond.
Gameplay: Da Vinci Diamonds
With 20 fixed paylines, you can wager from as little as $0.20 up to a maximum of $500 per spin, which means that players of all bankroll sizes will enjoy Da Vinci Diamonds.
The setup on the reels is very easy to follow with the gems as the low symbols, the portraits the high, the Da Vinci Diamond logo the highest paying symbol, plus the wild and bonus symbols.
The graphics are bright and cheerful and the masterworks of Da Vinci are beautifully recreated in digital form. The soundtrack is also evocative of the Renaissance period and suits the game rather nicely.
The base game jackpot is 5,000 coins for five of the Da Vinci Diamond symbols across a payline.
The tumbling reels feature is in operation throughout the base game and in free spins and it can be a useful way of landing a few additional wins.
However, while the music ramps up the tension with each successive tumbling reels win, the lack of a multiplier, or the ability to trigger free spins or indeed any sort of bonus linked to it (other than the basic base game win), does mean that the feature is a little wasted at times.
That’s not to say it is worthless. You can rack up some nice multiple payline wins on this feature if the reels tumble down in a positive way for you. It’s just that often, you don’t gain any real benefit from the feature, which is a shame.
The other key features of the slot are the wild symbol which substitutes for all symbols in the game bar the bonus symbol. This can lead to some decent wins, especially when you can land the higher value symbols across the reels. Although once again, no multiplier comes with a wild win.
The real key to wealth in Da Vinci Diamonds comes from the free spins round. This is activated from the base game by landing three or more bonus symbols across the reels.
For this, you get an initial six free spins. Most of the time that is all you will receive, however if during free spins you can hit three, four or five bonus symbols again, you can be awarded with an additional two to 15 free spins, depending on the number of symbols you hit.
It is possible, if you can hit this feature multiple times, to land up to 300 free spins.
Of course, the more free spins you can hit, the greater your chance of success. Smaller free spins rounds tend to pay out smaller amounts, but hit more free spins and your chances of a massive win from this feature are hugely increased.
Special features: Da Vinci Diamonds
Known as rolling reels or cascading reels on other slots, in this game the symbols fall into place on the reels from above and when a winning payline is made, the symbols part of that win disappear, to be replaced by new symbols falling down from above.
This can trigger multiple wins from a single spin.
Another common feature is the wild symbol. This replaces all the high and low symbols within the game on paylines to help create wins.
Once used in a payline, the wild symbol disappears along with others used to create the win.
Free spins bonus
Land three or more of the bonus symbols across the reels to earn an initial six free spins. Then, re-trigger the free spins bonus during the free spins round to increase the amount of free spins you earn up to a maximum of 300.
Da Vinci theme
There’s no doubt about it: From the base game round through to the free spins, the Da Vinci theme works very well. The paintings are beautifully recreated and the soundtrack is perfectly suited for the slot.
Although the link with the gems is tenuous (seemingly based on nothing more than alliteration), the game works extraordinarily well.
Mixed base game wins
Although some players may find the different base game wins a negative, I think it is actually a positive. It means you get regular wins, and although many are small, some do give your bankroll a healthy boost without having to hit free spins to claw back your cash.
Massive free spin potential
The chance to earn up to 300 free spins is truly groundbreaking in a slot, but the chance of getting anywhere close to that are slim.
However, the free spins bonus game does offer significant winning potential, even if it can be somewhat tricky to land from the base game.
Hard-to-trigger free spins
As we’ve hinted at above, it can be very tricky to hit the free spins bonus round from within the base game. The number of near misses before landing your three or more bonuses is a little frustrating, but does make that free spins round all the sweeter when you trigger it.
If there’s one criticism of this game it is the lack of multipliers, especially in conjunction with the tumbling reels feature and also for wild wins. This would have given the game the little push it perhaps needs.
Tumbling reels flops
Tumbling reels can trigger more payline wins from a single spin, but as the music increases in pitch and the tension builds, there’s nothing actually for it to build to.
You don’t receive any bonus for successive wins in tumbling reels, which leaves this feature a little flat.
Graphics and soundtrack 3/5
Presentation levels in the game are generally very high. Da Vinci’s work is especially eye-catching and the fact the symbols change in free spins is a nice touch.
However, a little more Da Vinci ephemera would have given the game an extra pop of appeal.
Originality and creativity 3/5
The tumbling reels feature is growing in popularity, so it is nice to see it here, and the free spins bonuses are always welcome. Add to this the Da Vinci theme and a very decent base game jackpot, allied to the chance to win 300 free spins, and there’s lots to find here not readily available on other slots.
Play value 3/5
A solid mix of base game wins of all sizes combined with some decent free spins wins and a nice-sized jackpot of 5,000 coins means that you shouldn’t find the Da Vinci Diamond’s slot a huge drain on your resources, especially given how easy it is to play for smaller amounts of cash per spin.
Jackpot potential 2.5/5
The jackpot of 5,000 coins isn’t huge, but when played at higher levels it can translate into some serious cash. However, for the smaller stakes player, the wins won’t likely be life-changing.
Repeat play 3.5/5
Given all these elements, and despite a couple of drawbacks, it is easy to see why the Da Vinci Diamonds slot remains so well-liked. This is definitely a slot you’ll go back to time and time again.
Total score 15/25
Da Vinci Diamonds is a good slot on the cusp of becoming a great one, but just misses out because a couple of the key features don’t quite hit the mark. Don’t let that put you off what is otherwise a very enjoyable slot.