Diamond Dogs Slot
Diamond Dogs is a 5-reel, max 25-pay line online slot from NetEnt. People coming to this slot for the first time may be a little confused, as they might be expecting a David Bowie tribute. 'Diamond Dogs' was the name of the Thin White Duke's 1974 glam rock album, which contained such classics as 'Rebel Rebel' and 'Rock 'n' Roll With Me'. This game, however, has absolutely nothing to do with Bowie or his music. The 'diamond dogs' in this instance are all pampered pouches who have managed to find a way of enjoying all the fineries in life from a canine perspective. This is no dog's dinner of a slot – unless you count a dog's dinner as a juicy steak washed down with a couple of glasses of bubbly!
All the symbols in this slot are doggie-related, from bow-wrapped bones to gold-lined kennels. Playing card values jack through to ace also make an appearance – as gold-plated doggie tags. The stars though are a posh-looking chihuahua and a rottweiler sporting a diamond-encrusted golden chain. We're guessing the rottweiler serves as security detail.
This slot has a maximum of twenty-five pay lines and all are selectable, so you can choose how many you want in play with each spin. You can do this by either using the 'bet lines' button at the bottom of the screen, or clicking the number at either side of the reels. You can choose your bet level – effectively the number of coins you want to risk with each spin from one to five, and the size of your coin from 0.01 to 0.50. Your final bet-per-spin is your bet level multiplied by the number of lines you have in play, multiplied by the size of your coin. When you're ready to go walkies, hit the 'spin' button.
Payout & bonus rounds
The lowest paying pooch-accessories in this slot are the jack and queen golden doggy tags, landing an identical three of which will win you two coins. That 'security detail rottweiler' is the top dog when it comes to pay outs. Landing five of the fanged fiend will win you ten thousand coins.
Mr Rottweiler is also wild (no surprise there) and substitutes for all other symbols aside from the scatter and bonus symbols.
The chihuahua is the scatter symbol. You only need to land two scatters to win a two coin prize, and landing three or more will earn you ten free spins. All reel wins are tripled during free spins.
A doggie paparazzi acts as the bonus symbol here. Land three on an active pay line and you are through to the bonus game in which you take polaroids of the prize pooches (one of whom does look like a poochified Bowie). Select a dog to snap and if your snap comes out fine then you're awarded a cash prize and you can take another pic. If your photo is a blurry mess then it's curtains for you and the bonus game is over.
This game is one of NetEnt's earliest efforts and you can easily tell, due to the simplicity of the graphics and gameplay. Despite NetEnt going on to create better games, this slot does not deserve to be dismissed so easily, and is still worthy of your slotting attention before it 'bow-wows' out forever.