The theme for this 5x3 reel slot is a frozen retro-feeling game but designed modern. All of the symbols on the reels are encased in ice!
The high symbols are four different coloured gems, purple, red, green and orange, with the lower value symbols represented by, yes you guessed it, the usual playing card low symbols (this time from 10 through to King).
That's not a huge number of symbols you may cry and in truth it isn't. There's just one more symbol on the reels that you need to take notice of. That is the in game Wild, which is a multi-coloured star shaped symbol. This symbol can replace any other symbol in the game to create a winning payline.
All in all, there isn't a huge amount to think about when you load up the new Frozen Diamonds game and look at the basics, however it is in the game-play itself that the nature of the game is revealed and the true appeal of the game can be felt.
The first thing to note in the game is that the Tumbling Reels feature is in operation. This feature means that when a winning payline is activated on a spin, then the winning symbols contained on that payline will flash and disappear and fresh symbols will tumble down from above to replace them, which can then trigger further winning paylines from the same spin.
If you can trigger three sequential winning paylines on a single spin from the Tumbling Reels feature then you will activate the Free Spins feature. Here the game will randomly award you either five or ten free spins and during this game, the Wild symbol is stacked across the third reel to help the player achieve bigger wins. You will always land two or three Wilds on the third reel in free spins, with the chance of landing additional Wilds on other reels too.
Tumbling Reels is in operation during the free spins round too and the great news here is that each time you hit another three win combination on a free spin, you will be awarded an additional free spin to add to your number.
Furthermore, on every win during free spins, all money receive by the player is subject to a 2x multiplier which doubles the value of the round in an instant.
The game-play itself of the Frozen Diamonds slot is somewhat simplistic, with so few symbols (comparative to other slots on the reels) and the Tumbling Reels feature in operation, you always feel very close to a decent sized win. You can hit regularly two wins from a payline during this feature, but landing the three to trigger free spins is obviously more difficult.
It is worth persevering though as when you do trigger the free spins, the abundance of Wild symbols on the third reel, does mean that you can hit some excellent payouts. With a Return to Player (RTP) rate of 96.47% this is a low to medium variance slot, with my impression that this is more towards the lower end of the scale. Wins are regular but generally smaller, though bigger wins are readily available during free spins.
Essentially, Frozen Diamonds is a slot game that takes a very simple 9-payline game and gives it a little twist with the icy theme and the Tumbling Reels feature. It isn't the most complicated slot to play and it isn't packed full with features, animations, sounds and other additional items as some other slots, but what it is, is a good, honest and fun to play slot that rewards players well and does keep interest levels high.
The lack of a truly big jackpot (and no progressive) will likely see the slot appeal to mainly the lower stakes and low variance slot enthusiasts but the good news is that with the Tumbling Reels and Free Spins features, there's more than enough in the Frozen Diamonds slot to keep them spinning the reels until the next Ice Age is upon us.