There are 8 regular symbols in this game, so the hit rate is quite strong despite the small number of ways to win.
The various card symbols, ranging from Jacks to Aces, are low-paying. They are also presented as staple Diner foods. For instance, the Q for Queen is what looks to be a bagel burger, which is just adorable.
High-paying symbols include 50s artefacts like jukeboxes, classic cars, and more.
As a side note, the paytable presents payouts as multipliers of your bet per payline. It’s an old-school way of calculating things, so don’t be confused by the fact that low-paying symbols seem to cash out 10x your bet for just 3 matching symbols. They don’t. Since there are 10 paylines, you need to divide that number by ten to get your actual payout. As such, a win presented as 10x is actually 1x your stake, meaning it just returns your investment.
Still, American Diner slot RTP sits at a respectable 96.12%. You’ll have to rely on the Wilds to get the really big wins, but they hit quite often as well.
AMERICAN DINER (DRAGON GAMING): CASINO BLOKE’S VERDICT
To be frank, the only real issue we had with this game is not the game itself. It’s how Dragon Gaming chose to explain it. For example, the info panel seems to imply that Wilds and Wild Reels are not the same things, but we never actually encountered a Wild symbol that didn’t cover the whole reel. The coin-per-payline payout structure is a bit weird in this day and age, but we can’t say that this is the only game that does it either.
We refuse to end on a sour note, though. Our impressions of American Diner by Dragon Gaming are overwhelmingly positive. We adored the carefully constructed theme and enjoyed our time with the game, which seems to hit all the right beats it was aiming for.
The gameplay is fun in and of itself, but the looks and theme really elevate the experience to a new level. We were surprised to find that this is one of our favourite Dragon Gaming slots to date, and we feel like the aesthetics alone make it unique and memorable.