Mexican flames are one of the hottest, and Diablo Reels is living proof. Quite ironically, we are in the midst of the Dia de Muertos celebration, so perhaps ‘’living’’ wouldn’t be the best way to put it. Diablo Reels slot comes as a seventh instalment in the ELK Studios Classic Series. Initial expectations are quite high on this one.
As being part of the Classical Series, Diablo Reels is using the default 3 x 3 layout, which is historically the most renowned slot layout. Of course, ELK Studios have spiced up the Diablo Reels so it would be entertaining for all generation gamblers. Let’s see if Diablo Reels should be celebrated or left dead.
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Diablo Reels Review
Diablo Reels Design
Straight off the bat, Diablo Reels has some especially beautiful visuals. Diablo Reels makes you feel like you’re sitting in the middle of a nice relaxing lounge bar, playing your landbased slot machine. There is a bustle all around – people talking, other slot machines making noise, coins dropping. The cheery on the top is the wonderful background music that most certainly is a relaxing composition. As it is traditional to the day of the dead, marigold flowers are scattered all across the table, maybe not so traditionally we also have a cigar and a tequila bottle.
Symbols and Payouts
Being part of the Classical Series, Diablo Reels features classical symbols and slot sounds. ELK Studios have put their twist on the classic symbols so they would fit better with the theme. Watermelons are still there, but new additions are chillis and lime. Symbol of number 7 still makes an appearance, as does the diamond symbol, which is the highest paying one. In total, there are 8 regular symbols, with bell, horseshoe, and bar being the final ones. Visually they are nothing too overly exciting, but for a classic slot, they do their part well enough.
Diablo Reels payouts don’t bring in anything particular, as they are what you would expect from a regular 3 x 3 slot. There are some variables, as the layout changes to 6 x 6 during the bonus feature; naturally, the paylines change to 10 as well. ELK Studios have rated Diablo Reel’s volatility 8/10 that makes it medium to high. The RTP is 96.30%, which makes it a pretty good average rating. The max payout is a nice 2500x. The sole set back would be the hit frequency, which is a humble 18.1%. When it comes to betting opportunities, the range should satisfy most of the players; it is 0.20 - 100 EUR.
Diablo Reels Bonus Features
Diablo Reels is a classic slot, but that doesn’t mean that it’s shy of features, quite the opposite, there are 3 bonus features, that will keep the slot exciting and flaming.
Full-stack of three wilds will trigger a Wild Stack Respin feature, which grants players an extra respin on both upper and lower reels. It means that the whole 6 symbol reel will be covered with wilds. This feature can be combined with the Nudging Wilds feature. When this happens, the whole wild reel becomes sticky.
Nudging Wilds come with a different purple look, as opposed to the regular wild symbol, which is red. Once a nudging wild lands, the Nudging Wild feature is activated. It’s quite self-explanatory, the reel featuring the wild will nudge one step upward after each spin. It goes on until the nudge wild leaves the game screen.
The big boss Diablo represents the Diablo Reels scatter symbol, it’s a skull with horns, the same one we see on the left side of the table. To get the Bonus Game, players must land exactly 3 bonus symbols. During this bonus, both of the reels sets are active, so we are looking at a 6 x 6 layout with 10 paylines. The upper reel set is quite more rewarding, as it has no low-value symbols, only the high paying ones. Nudging Wilds can come with additional multipliers during the bonus game. There is also a chance to retrigger the Diablo Reels Bonus feature - the player can do it by landing 3 additional scatters.
Dia de Los Muertos theme has been used a couple of times before, but this didn’t stop ELK Studios to create quite an aesthetic slot. We think that Diablo Reels deliver the expectations well. Naturally, for a classic 3 x 3 slot, you expect less, but that wasn’t the case here, as Diablo Reels presents the classic layout in a different shed of light. Keep in mind that the hit rate can be quite harsh at some points, so watch out that it doesn’t dig too deep in the pocket.
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