Fri, May 24, 10:23pm by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:23pm
Midnight Diamonds uses the same game-play concept as the popular Code Red pokies – also from Bally. While there is little difference between the features of these pokies, the designs are strikingly different. Midnight Diamonds is darker, allowing the sparkling gems to shine. These spin over what look like mechanical reels, thought the graphics and quick changes in the symbols soon reveal that you are looking at a modern HD screen, not a mechanical pokie.
There are jackpots to be won, and two notable features. One is a simple addition of wilds to your regular spins. The other is much more complex, with arrows above each reel giving special awards every time a diamond appears. Here are the reasons you should not wait until Midnight to enjoy this lively Bally pokie:
Diamonds appear in the base game as bonus symbols, though they become much more useful during the main bonus feature. You need 3 of them to trigger a wheel spin. This wheel then appears as if you are looking at the outside of a truck tyre. It has multi-coloured segments, which rush past showing cash amounts, the names of progressive jackpots (which you can match with the amounts on the top of the cabinet) and free spins bonuses.
You swipe to spin – and wait for your award.
While the jackpots are always welcome, the most common result is the free spins bonus. You can win 8, 10 or 12 free spins.
The reels then change from black to silver / grey, and some new designs appear above them. These look like downward pointing arrows, with either a cash award (in credits) or ‘Locking Wild’ written in them.
Nothing happens with these arrows until you get one or more diamonds on the reels. There is then an animation, and you get whatever the meter / arrow shows. Locking wilds get progressively more useful as you move through the bonus. With some lucky hits you can get a lot of the reels covered in these by the time you reach your final few spins.
When you hit cash awards, these are awarded, then the diamond involved becomes a non-locking wild while the regular line wins for that spin are calculated.
There is an extra feature in the base game worth noting. This only lasts for a single spin, though has the potential to create big wins. When you get a stack of wild symbols surrounded by small sparkling diamonds – you get even more wilds.
Animations and sound effects kick-in, and you get between 1 and 3 extra wilds on the reels. This might not sound like very many, though keep in mind they can combine with this wild stack and any other regular wilds already on the reels.
Nothing unusual to report about the setup. This is as standard as they come with 5 reels, 3 rows and 30 win-lines. Keep in mind that many casinos require max bet to be in with a shot at winning the biggest of the progressives.
The only unique symbol is a ring, with the obligatory diamond in it. Other symbols are pokie classics including bells, cherries, bars, dollar signs and money bags.
The pseudo-mechanical reels of this game look amazing. When you get wilds (or diamonds in the bonus feature) on the reels the animations soon give away that these are not your ordinary mechanical cylinders. The lighting effects and overlay graphics (flames, sparkles and so on) are also impressive.
While you spin an intense brass / funky tune will play. This changes during the main bonus feature, becoming even more upbeat. There are separate animations when each of the diamonds receives its special extra from the arrows above the reels.
If you enjoyed the already popular Code Red, then you’ll find this game entertaining too. The game play is more or less the same, though the designs are strikingly different. Regular wins can get a boost of extra wilds at any time in the base game. It is the wheel spin with potential for either locking wild free spins or progressive jackpots that really bring some sparkle to the Midnight Diamonds pokies.