One of the best rated online slots, now optimised for Android and iOS portable devices, Lightning Box’s Serengeti Diamonds has a tribal African theme built around the lure of adventure, as if to the jewel seekers of bygone days. That said, the game play is thoroughly modern and smooth, regardless of the platform on which it is played.
A non-interactive backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, rising over camelthorn trees, gives a good sense of setting, without intruding on the game screen, or taking up excessive bandwidth: it’s a colourful screen, without being too busy.
The opening theme music features tribal warriors and trumpeting elephants, something to consider when first opening the game on a portable device. Roaring lions, one of the higher value symbols, also occasionally feature. The lower valued symbols are those of the traditional playing card figures, rendered in different colours with zebra stripes across them.
The reels spin to a traditional mechanical rolling sound, but low value line combinations are greeted with a saxophone chorus that jars a little with the theme of the game. It is only when these become greater in value that a chorus of African women takes over the celebrations.
Scatterlings of Africa
Mt Kilimanjaro itself features as the Wild symbol, as well as giving the highest payout, in combination, and can substitute for all symbols except for the Scatter symbol, which is represented by the eponymous diamond. Finding 2, 3, or 4 diamonds simultaneously on the reels triggers the Diamond Pick Bonus Game, the only one unique to Serengeti Diamonds, but one with various facets, such as a Multiplier and free spins.
Hang on to your Diamonds
When 2 or more diamonds appear on the reels, these will hold in place, and offer three free spins to find more diamonds: each subsequent one gives three more free spins, with the aim of filling all five diamond slots above the reels. Once this happens, you are taken to a screen where you are allowed to pick two diamonds from several blank ones, which will reveal a number of free spins, and a multiplier. There are several chances to pick, if you aren’t happy with the selection, and free spins can be re-triggered during Free Spin mode, for good profits.
Bets and Pay Lines
Serengeti Diamonds only bets on 25 lines per spin, but the number of coins and credits per line varies: the minimum bet per spin is 0.5 credits, and the maximum is 125, so all levels of slot player are catered for. In addition, there is a free play option, which is great for those seeking simply to while away some time with a phone or tablet.
Africa in your Pocket
Serengeti Sunrise gives a great exotic feel to your game play, with plenty of sights, sounds and colours to entertain, but which still translate well from PC to portable device. Like the display of totes betting Australia, the well laid out screen maximises available space, while the game offers good returns on wagers, and promises to entertain for as long as your battery may last.