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Waking up after a wonderful dream just feel fantastic. Dreams can be so wonky, as even the most unlogical things happen in them, but what if you could control them? We are not talking about lucid dreaming today, we are talking about a new slot, which will let you control your own dreamland. We will have to dream with our eyes open because you don’t want to miss the chance to score some beautiful wins. Dream Diver explores the ever so peaceful land of dreams. It’s an interesting choice of a theme from the guys at ELK Studios, but we have to see if this really is a dream, maybe Dream Diver is just a nightmare in disguise.

ELK Studios have been a top tier provider for some time now. Their pledge to be unique and special has stayed true so far because they have brought us some great slots. Before Dream Diver we got Tropicool and before that, we saw Nitropolis 2 and Cluster Slide which all are great and distinctive slots. Dream Diver in many ways is different from these game, for better or worse. Hopefully, some of these changes won’t affect this slot poorly. The best way to find it out is to play the game, so let’s get to it.

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Dream Diver Slot Review

Provider
ELK Studios
Game Layout
5 Reels x 4 Rows
Paylines
178
Volatility
Medium
RTP
95%
Max win
2,500x
Bet Range
0.20 - 100
Bonus features
yes (3) Stacked Wilds, Pick Me Feature, Pick’n’Click
Release date
1st of June 2021

Gameplay and Payouts

We all have our own interpretation of how a dream theme would look and sound, but we believe that ELK Studios have done a good job of reflecting the general idea. Dream Diver has that love and peace attitude, you know, on that was popularized by hippies in the 60’s and 70’s. Dream Diver does have a certain Magical Mystery Tour look to it, which makes sense because songs on that album were very popular among the movement. The actual Dream Diver music sounds more like the soundtrack you hear in teen movies, which are about college and the summer break. Instead, we see a grey-haired man sleeping in the bed with his cat.
dream diver symbol
The same visual design also applies to the Dream Diver symbols. The game itself is played out on a 5 reel 4 row layout which comes with 178 paylines, a bit of an odd number. There are just 7 regular symbols in total. They are styled as original fruit machine symbols, but, of course, the design follows the dreamy/hippie/fantasy look. You will find the classic fruits like cherry, orange, plum and apple as well the bell, red seven and the diamond. If it weren’t for the colours, it would be hard to distinguish these fruits.

You can’t dream forever, so at one point you have to wake up and face the harsh reality. Perhaps we are exaggerating a bit, but the payout stats for Dream Diver aren’t the nicest, especially if compared to some of the recently released ELK Studios games. The RTP is just 95%, which surprisingly low and the volatility is a medium (6/10) so also quite uncommon for the ELK. Dream Diver max win is 2,500x, which again, is not what we have seen in other recent games. It makes sense that payout is lower due to the medium volatility, but still, we are so accustomed to receiving stunning payouts from ELK Studios, that’s why 2,500x feels low, even though it’s a great win on its own.

Bonus Features

One certainty though is the fact that ELK Studios always provide a good amount of entertaining bonus features. The blue cat is the Dream Diver regular wild symbol, but for more serious wins, you’d best trigger the Stacked Wilds. These Stacked Wilds only appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 and they always nudge to become fully visible. Their appearance also triggers a respin, which gives you a great chance to have another go with the 4-row high wild.

stacked wilds respin dream diver

The path to success is in your hands, so to get the main Dream Diver Bonus Game, you will need to make an important decision. First of all, you need to land 3 Bonus symbols. This will trigger the Pick Me Feature. Then, you need to pick 1 of the 3 bonus symbols. Each symbol contains a hidden reward which could be an instant cash prize or the main Bonus Game.  

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Dream Diver Pick’n’Click Bonus Game consists of 6 levels. At each level, players are given 6 objects. These objects hide random modifiers, such as monetary wins, a multiplier, which is distributed along with the remaining levels and an extra life reward, which provides players with a second chance. Each set of 6 symbols contain one “next” and one alarm clock symbol. The “next” symbol moves you to the next level while the alarm clock ends the bonus feature. The task is simple, one by one reveal the objects and try to score “next” instead of the alarm clock. Each level brings a larger total multiplier, which can be increased with multiplier symbols. If your bonus ends prematurely then the total win is multiplied by the total multiplier. If you manage to reach the final level, then you will be awarded a Dream Wheelspin. Dream Wheel will reward you with two random multipliers which will be added at the end of the feature. Dream Diver also comes with the X-iter feature, which provides the chance to buy bonuses and wilds for a certain fee. For example, the regular Pick’n’Click bonus game can be bought for 100x.

dream diver wheelspin

Conclusion

Dream Diver definitely isn’t a nightmare in a disguise of a dream, but it’s also not a dream u wouldn’t want to wake up from. The true visual beauty of the game starts with the bonus game because there we can see more animations and sceneries. The Dream Diver main game is just okay-looking to be fair. Potential wise, Dream Diver is quite the step back from what we are used to from ELK Studios, although, as we said, 2,500x isn’t a bad max win, we were just expecting more. For what it’s worth the Pick’n’Click bonus game is quite entertaining, it’s just a shame, that ELK Studios sacrificed the payouts stats in the process. Still, you can expect some decent wins, just keep your expectations realistic. 

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