But that doesn’t mean that the pokie isn’t an excellent experience, or that ELK Studios haven’t gone out of their way to make the most out of the unused space. A thoroughly detailed horned skull can be seen as part of the background art, as well as a smouldering cigar and Zippo lighter.
This attention to detail more or less sums up the entre visual theme. The designers have done an immensely impressive job making less into more, pouring detail into every aspect of the design.
In terms of gameplay, the 96.3% RTP Diablo Reels is as simplistic as a pokie will be when confined to 3 to such limited space. But given that it makes up part of the aptly titled Classic series from the developer, it is all as it should be. The handful of symbols include a skull, diamond, jalapeno, lemon, 7, and a horseshoe. The Wild is the star of Diablo Reels, coming with a number of special features tied to its appearance in the game.
The Wild has not only been given Stacked powers, but also Nudge powers. This means that once a Wild is in play, it is staying for some time. The Wild, once landing, will grant instant respins, sticking in place and Nudging up one position after each respin. When reaching the top of the reel, a Wild may also be given a final 2x or 3x multiplier. Simple, but exciting.
What’s this, there is a second reel set above the first? Yes, in Diablo Reels a second 3 reel and 3 row grid is hidden above the first, and will come into play once the Free Spins bonus has been triggered. 3 Bonus symbols on the reels will light up the second grid, which will then be used as the Free Spins play out.
But there is an added benefit; the second grid does not have any of the lowest paying symbols, which greatly improves the chances of big wins occurring. Furthermore, another 3 Bonus symbols will retrigger the pokie’s Free Spins sequence from the start.
Diablo Reels is rightly called a Classic by ELK Studios, since it certainly has the potential to be one for many years.