September is traditionally the month when online and mobile casino game developers roll out their best titles of the year, in the hopes of securing a bigger market share through the busy (and profitable) autumn and winter months. It comes as no surprise, then, that Play’N Go would have a brand new title launching this month in the form of Mermaid’s Diamonds.
What is a little surprising regarding this release, however, is the fact that the game fails to really demonstrate any of the innovative and imaginative flare that the developer has been becoming so well-known for of late.
Its most recent releases before now – the Sailor Moon inspired Moon Princess and the whacky and “out there” Leprechaun in Hell – have both demonstrated creativity above the average slots developer. That is why it’s odd to see Play’N Go develop a game, which conjures so many standard tropes from the industry.
About Mermaid’s Diamonds Slot
As anyone with half a brain can probably grasp from the name of this game, Mermaid’s Diamonds is a slot set under the sea. The protagonist of the game is, of course, a beautiful mermaid, and your task is to get your hands on as much of her underwater wealth as possible. This watery slot (and yes, we mean ‘watery’ as in weak and tasteless, rather than water themed) offers 720 ways to win across reels with a staggered 5x3x4x5 layout.
While we’re happy to sit here all day and badmouth the theme of this slot, the game isn’t without its fair share of special features. For instance, there’s the mermaid expanding wilds, whereby the mermaid serves as the wild symbol, and if two or more appear on the same reel, her fishtail is stretched out to cover the entire reel and greatly increase your chances of winning. If Poseidon appears, he might even grace you with extra random wilds on any spin, increasing the chance of expanding wilds and wins.
Then there’s the treasure chest scatters. When five (yes, five) appear on the reels after a spin, you’ll be able to choose one of the chests in a ‘choose your bonus’ style mini game. You might reveal up to 25 extra spins which will allow you to enjoy wins with no risk!
Are We Not Done With Under The Sea Slots?
We hate to be those people, who just bang on about crap tropes in games, but really, the whole ‘mermaid/under the sea’ thing is surely played out by now? Not only does this game simply look and feel like a re-framing of Microgaming’s Mermaid’s Millions slot, Play’N Go’s own game Pearl Lagoon has a vibe so close to this new release that it really makes you wonder what the point of making it was.
We mentioned in the intro that this is the time of year that developers tend to gear up for their busiest time and it seems amazing to us that Play’N Go are genuinely content with this cliché being their main release at this time. We sincerely hope that the developer has some surprise to pull out of the bag, otherwise we’ll be sorely disappointed. We really hope the great developer who brought us Grim Muerto and Tower Quest hasn’t lost its teeth.