Wed, Feb 27, 5:07am by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:26pm
The original ‘Da Vinci Diamonds’ pokie from IGT was clearly a very popular game, as now there is a sequel. This new dual play version of the game features two different reel sets, one set stacked on top of the other. Interestingly, both of the main features of the game can bring these sets of reels together to work with each other.
Like the original game, the game is focused on three particular Leonardo Da Vinci paintings – ‘Mona Lisa’, ‘Portrait of a Musician’ and ‘Lady with an Ermine’. Da Vinci’s Diamonds Dual Play is an interesting and quite unique pokie, centred around the following bonus features:
At first glance it seems like this IGT designed pokie is a five-reel pokie, with each of the reels six symbols high. However, on closer examination, it’s clear that this is two games in one, with two 5×3 reel sets one on top of the other. Hit spin and you’ll notice that instead of the usual spinning reels, all of the reels are filled by the symbols simply falling into place.
Any time you win, after being paid, the winning symbols will disappear, with the symbols from above falling into their place, with new symbols appearing when needed. The reels will now be re-evaluated, with any new wins paid out, and then subsequently disappearing again. This sequence will continue until there are no new wins to be had. This gives the possibility of a series of wins at just the cost of a single spin.
While the two reel set ups pay out on their own, the tumbling reels feature does see some interaction between the two, as symbols will fall from the upper reel set onto the lower reels.
The bonus symbol in Da Vinci Diamonds Dual Play states the words ‘Extra Paylines Bonus’. Land this symbol on reels 1, 2 and 3 on a win-line and you’ll enter this bonus feature.
Once again, in this feature there is more interaction between the two reel sets. In the base game, both the upper and lower reels each play host to 20 win-lines. However, in the feature, there are an additional 20 win-lines in play, these lines straddling between both of the reel sets.
You can retrigger this feature at any time too, with 6 more spins added to your existing total. These retriggers can continue until you hit the enormous number of 300 spins.
Da Vinci Diamonds Dual Play offers one of the most immersive base games online. The 40 win-lines over the two reel sets grab your attention with each spin. The top prize is an impressive 5,000 coins – awarded when lining up five title symbols in a row. The wild symbol is on hand to give a boost at any time, substituting for any symbol apart from the scatter. ‘Mona Lisa’, ‘Portrait of a Musician’ and ‘Lady with an Ermine’ pay 1,000, 500 and 300 coins respectively. The low end of the pay table is filled by colourful gems in red, green and yellow.
This IGT designed pokie plays out with both of the reel sets displayed within one large, golden frame. Encrusted in the ornate frame are a series of gems, each pointing to one of the win lines. The addition of the three paintings to the reels is one all art lovers will enjoy. Check out the gentle diamond twinkling sounds when the symbols fall on top of each other having hit spin.
In the modern pokie world, it can be difficult to come up with a unique concept, but Da Vinci Diamonds Dual Play has certainly achieved it. The dual reel set scenario gives the game an originality and an involving nature, where each spin really grabs your attention. With tumbling reels and the free spins feature, the game has a nice variety, while wins are never far away. This pokie is like a visit to the art gallery – only with big cash prizes!