This title improves on its predecessor with features that generate more excitement and potential.
Landing 3 dynamite scatters triggered the bonus round and I was subsequently allocated 10 free spins. All the reel positions were covered by rock but special dynamite barrel symbols blasted it away wherever they landed to reveal a diamond or coin symbol with cash values attached. The diamonds added 1 extra spin each and when a dynamite barrel landed on a cleared position it would sometimes generate a plunger icon that would clear 2 to 4 surrounding positions of rock. Exploding all the rocks on a reel awarded a corresponding jackpot. Clearing reels 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5, awarded the Mini, Minor, Maxi Major, or Grand jackpots worth 10x, 20x, 50x, 100x, or 1000x my bet, respectively.
Landing 3 diamond or coin symbols during the base game launched the Link&Win feature where only blanks, coins, or diamonds could appear. 3 respins were awarded and every time a diamond or coin landed it displayed a prize value and became sticky for the duration of the feature while resetting the respin count to 3 each time. The feature ended once the respins ran out or if all positions of the grid were filled with symbols. Landing one diamond on each reel awards the Diamond jackpot worth 5000x the stake, otherwise, the combined value of the symbols in view will be paid out.
The diamond jackpot also pays out if 5 diamond symbols appear on a single spin during the base game.
Gold Collector: Diamond Edition slot manages to make up for some of its predecessor’s flaws, but still retains some questionable elements. With higher volatility and a more than doubled top prize of $260 000, this title is a far more appealing prospect than its forbearer. The free spins round has gone from mediocre to an excitement-filled experience with a fun element added to build tension and excitement.
My main gripe is that the graphics remained largely unchanged and this would have been a good opportunity for the developer to add some polish so that the presentation of the slot matches its enhanced feature set. This title is the kind of redemption we like to see and all the enhancements have made this a far superior game that is definitely worth a look.