Fri, Feb 22, 6:12am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:29pm
Da Vinci Diamonds is a pokie featuring a series of classic paintings from the Italian born renaissance artist. During the base game you’ll see three famous paintings represented on the reels – ‘Mona Lisa’, ‘Lady with an Ermine’ and ‘Portrait of a Musician’. As you might expect, if you line up these paintings in a row, you’ll have the opportunity to win big. Enter the bonus feature and you’ll enjoy reels filled with a whole new set of paintings and the wins become that much easier to come by!
This IGT designed gambling machine gives you the opportunity to win many times on just one spin, with Tumbling Reels amongst the bonus features. Here are the classical highlights:
The first thing you’ll notice when playing Da Vinci Diamonds is that instead of spinning reels, you’ll find the symbols simply fall on top of one another which each ‘spin’. This is due to the tumbling reels format.
This format sees any winning symbols disappearing after paying out, with the symbols from above falling into their place, with new symbols appearing at the top of the reels. At this point the reels will be re-evaluated, and any new wins will see the sequence started all over again. This leads to the possibility of a number of wins, all for the cost of just one spin!
You’ll enter the free spins feature when you land three bonus symbols on a single win-line. This will give the immediate reward of six free spins. On the reels in the feature you’ll find images from three more paintings – ‘The Virgin and Child’, ‘La Belle Ferronnière’ and ‘Virgin of the Rocks’. These new images pay out as scatter symbols in the free spins feature, with awards when landing 3, 4 or 5 anywhere on the reels.
One of the most interesting aspects of the feature is the way you’ll retrigger the free spins. Any 3 bonus symbols will award an additional 2, 3 or 4 free spins. Land 4 bonus symbols and you’ll enjoy an additional 4, 6, 8 or 10 free spins. Hit the maximum five bonus symbols and 6, 8, 10, 12 or 15 free spins will be added to the total.
Da Vinci Diamonds plays out on the popular 5×3 reel set up, with a fixed number of 20 win-lines. Your highest paying symbol displays the title of the pokie and is worth 5,000 coins for the maximum five in a row. ‘Mona Lisa’ pays 1,000 coins as a top prize, although it has to be said, she doesn’t look overly pleased about it! ‘Portrait of a Musician’ and ‘Lady with an Ermine’ (the ermine isn’t visible, so perhaps the title should be ‘Lady without an Ermine’?) pay 500 and 300 coins respectively. The low end of the pay table features red, green and yellow gems.
Art lovers will certainly be drawn to this IGT designed pokie. Seeing an array of some of the finest works from one of the world’s most famous artists is sure to please many others too.
All of the action is housed within an ornate golden frame, where colourful gems line up either side of the reels, each one representing one of the win-lines. Each of the paintings on the reels is housed within a square frame, while the black backdrop makes for a nice contrast to the art. The soundtrack is a nice mix of the twinkling of diamonds, added to by classical music from the Da Vinci era.
Da Vinci Diamonds is an enjoyable art based pokie. One of the best aspects of the game is initially in identifying the paintings, which continues into the base game. Some of the rewards are eye catching too, just like in the art world. The tumbling reels feature adds greatly to the game, ensuring win after win, while the free spins is a feature you’ll strive to land, especially with those interesting retriggers. IGT have come up with their own work of art in Da Vinci Diamonds.