It’s been another disappointing month of slot releases from Microgaming this month, with Karaoke Party being the main release of the month, and frankly, there is nothing new to be found in this 9 line slot worth actually reviewing, it’s a tired and rehashed slot from Microgaming that really offers nothing new to players, along with this release players will also find a new Monkey Keno game, along with a slightly more interesting slot release from Rabcat titled Frozen Diamonds slot.
The Rabcat slots are now being distributed on the Quickfire Platform, so generally wherever you see Microgaming slots you should also find a few of the Rabcat slot releases which include slot machine titles such as Castle Builder, Dragon’s Myth and Forsaken Kingdom.
Frozen Diamonds is a regular 5×3 reel layout slot with 20 fixed pay lines, the main mechanic of the slot is a tumbling reel effect so if you are a fan of slots such as Gonzo’s Quest with successive wins then this is likely to appeal.
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Frozen Diamonds Base Gameplay
During base game play if you manage to get a win on a payline, the winning symbols are then removed from the reels and the remaining symbols drop down into any empty space, with new symbols added to the top of the reels, this tumbling reels effect will continue until no more wins are created on the paylines.
You will notice on the bottom left-side of the slot there is a small meter, this records your current win streak, when you manage to fill the meter with 3 wins the main bonus round is triggered which will grant an initial 5 or 10 free spins, this is randomly selected after the bonus trigger.
Frozen Diamonds Slot Bonus Round
The same tumbling reel effect is used in the bonus round, the meter will still record your successive wins, but if you manage to fill this during the free spins it will grant 1 extra free spin at the end of the bonus round that has some extras attached to it.
After the normal free spins are completed you will then to get to play out any extra spins earned during the bonus, these are slightly enhanced from the normal spins as they come with a 2x Multiplier, and you are guaranteed a middle reel that will be full of the wild symbols, making it much easier to create winning combinations on the reels.Wild Reel of symbols on the middle spin for every one of these extra bonus spins.
A fairly standard release from Rabcat, Frozen Diamonds seem to be a fairly low variance slot from which is similar to their previous releases in terms of volatility, if you are fan of tumbling reels slots then it might be worth a look.
One thing we did find disappointing was the strange paylines, for players familiar with many regular 20 payline slots you will sometimes find yourself looking at this slot and thinking “How is that not a win?“, on closer inspection of the paytables, there are some very unusual and “shared” paylines on this slot, by that we mean for the first 3 reels there are several paylines which use the same pattern, and then only differ when you reach the 4th and 5th reel.
This means that although its a 20 line slot, it can actually be a little more difficult to score those 3 successive wins in a row than you may think, as most of the wins which will trigger the bonus round will be 3 of kind type wins.