Bally has a track record of taking the elements of classic slots from years gone by, and remixing them into engaging new slots. This is exactly what has happened with Midnight Diamonds. You’ll find many of the classic symbols including bells, bars and cherries on the reels – and a spinning wheel bonus game too. Alongside this there is some innovative game-play, for example a free spins game where extra wilds drop from above the reels. You will also find a lot of animations and music involved in this game – as you would expect from Bally this is very smooth and professional.
While this is a different game, the overall style would make me put this into the same category of slots as the ‘Quick Hit’ range. Bally has experience going all the way back to the 1960’s – and it shows best when it comes to creating the relatively simple, though very playable slots.
There are a lot of wild symbols in this game, all of which will help you win by substituting for many of the other symbols. You can also mix wilds with the diamonds. As usual on Bally games, your biggest wins will come when you get wilds over the reels in such a way as to trigger multiple wins at the same time – and not from one individual sequence of symbols. Wins are laid out on the pay table as multiples of your total bet, and can be up to 20x for the wilds or wilds / diamonds combinations.
Your bigger wins will come from the Midnight Diamonds bonus game. This is triggered by hitting 3 of the bonus diamonds, which appear on reels 1, 3 and 5. You will then get the opportunity to spin the giant wheel which comes with this game. Some of the win amounts are large, and some of the segments on this wheel give you free games instead of a cash win.
Free games have different reels, which contain a lot more stacked symbols (which can cover all 3 rows on any reel). You will also find a line of wilds above the reels. When you hit a diamond symbol, one of the wilds drops down from above – and gets locked into place for the remainder of your free spins. When you get all 3 on a reel, the word ‘locked’ appears. For the last few spins you can end up with a lot of wilds in place, and with stacked symbols elsewhere on the reels, this can result in a lot of winning combinations.
The base of this game is a standard 30 line slot with 5 reels and 3 rows of symbols. Bally slots use a system of fixed pay lines, so you only need to decide how much to bet on each spin to get started. The smallest amount is 30c (1c per line) and the largest possible bet is $450. If you prefer, there is an auto-spin option, which allows you to set up to 25 spins to run without clicking.
You’ll need a minimum of 3 symbols on a win-line from the left hand side to trigger a win. These are topped by the wild and the wild / diamond combination in terms of payouts. There are plenty more classic symbols on the reels including a silver seven, diamond ring, money bag with a dollar sign on it, dollar sign with a red background, bells, bars and cherries.
Each of these has an animation, which gives the slot a very lively feel. One example is that the money bag will bounce when it is involved in a win, with the bonus symbol having an attractive rotation. Sounds are unique for this game with a jazzy riff playing when you spin (2 different variations of this). You’ll get a different tune if you manage to trigger the free games round.
In many ways, this type of slot is what Bally do best. The classic slots symbols have been given a modern make-over, and incorporated into a solid game which keeps you engaged. Wheel spin bonuses are always a popular addition – and there is some innovation with the extra wilds during the free spins game too. Overall this is a great slot, and would make a great change up for those who enjoy the ‘Quick Hit’ series.