Central America has a rich history, and that's where you'll be heading to play Diego Wild, the online slot from Blueprint Gaming. The Mesoamerican cultures were renowned for their gold and wealth, and with this game, you'll be aiming to claim a fair share of the spoils. And there's plenty up for grabs, with a top payout of x50,000.
There are some themes which studios return to time and again, such as the Aztec world. With their abundance of gold artefacts, it's perhaps not too surprising that Mesoamerican cultures are so popular with games! Diego Wild has a main protagonist named - you guessed it! - Diego Wild. Regular slots players may feel as if he looks familiar, and that's because he's almost the spitting image of John Hunter, the adventurer in the Pragmatic Play slot series. John Hunter appears all over the world, but with titles such as John Hunter and the Aztec Treasure plus John Hunter and the Mayan Gods, it's not difficult to see where Blueprint may have gotten their inspiration from!
The main game of Diego Wild is played out on a 5x3 grid which includes 243 ways to win. This means players just have to line up matching symbols on adjacent reels rather than following a strict payline pattern. Betting runs from 0.20 to 40.00, which is relatively lowly compared to others. However, the x50,000 top prize and high volatility may convince big money hunters to join in with play.
You'll be playing in the middle of what appears to be dense rainforest with golden Aztec treasures gleaming in the backdrop. Ancient temples can just be glimpsed, and there's a feeling of being a very long way away from civilization…
On the paytable, the usual royals make up the low pays, while the premium symbols include a bracelet, a treasure chest, a statue, and a vase. If you land a full line of premium symbols, you could receive up to x50.
Diego himself also appears on the reels, complete with an Indiana Jones-style fedora hat. He is the wild and can substitute for any of the regular symbols to help you create matches.
In addition to the regular prizes on the reels, there are some extras which can help to increase the amount you can win.
The free spins bonus is triggered when you land three or more scatters in a single turn. Three scatters will give you five free spins, four scatters gives you ten free spins, while five scatters gives you the maximum of 20 free spins.
During the free spins round, you'll be playing on the standard 5x3 grid, but two locked rows will be visible above. These extra rows can be unlocked if you land any of the special Aztec coin symbols. These can land anywhere on the board and unlock a single position on the reel they land on. In this way, the extra reels are gradually unlocked rather than released all at once.
If you manage to land the maximum number of Aztec coins, the board can expand to 5x5, jumping from 243 ways to win to 3125 ways to win.
Every time the coin lands, they will arrive together with a scatter symbol. This means, as well as unlocking a tile; they will also reward you with another free spin. These scatter symbols can land during the free spins bonus without the Aztec coin too. When this occurs, you'll receive the extra free spin, but no tiles will be unlocked.
Diego Wild from Blueprint Gaming is a well-executed slot that has a generous top payout that will be very appealing. The features are somewhat basic as although there are free spins and the potential to expand the reels, there's nothing else. That means no multipliers, no cash bonuses and no other modifiers. If you like your slots plain and simple, this is a good pick, but it may be a bit too basic for some.