Before this game was made into a progressive jackpot game, the minimum starting bet was only $0.05. That's $0.01 per line bet. How many paylines was that? Oh gees, I don't have my calculator here with me now, but I guess all of you are clever enough to figure it out mentally, yes, no? Hehehe. I used to play Diamond Valley lots of times, at bet sizes from $0.05 to $0.50 per spin. It was one of the cheapest game to play on, with only 5 paylines. What? You got that right? I told you you are clever, didn't I? Hehehe. Another 5 liner game that I loved at that time was Golden Tour, but that's a different story. Nothing to do with Diamond Valley.
For a 5 payline game, the paytable was simple but exciting, and still is. There are no Wild symbols at all, probably because these games haven't gone wild by then yet, but 5 scatters, the hand, pay the usual 200x the total bet. 3 hands or more on any payline activate a Bonus round, where you pick a diamond to win a cash reward. Not a lot, but still money. Any free spins game? In those days, free spins feature games were only for games with 9 paylines or more. None for 5 liners. The highest paying symbol is the crystal. Get 5 of them on paylines 1, 2, 3 and 4 and win 5000x the line bet. Get 5 of them on payline 5 and you'll go crazy. Why? Because you've just won the Progressive Jackpot! Does that sound easy to you? It sure does, but it's blardy damn difficult to get them, I can tell you that! For me, yes, I've got those 5 crystals on payline 5 once or twice before, but without the jackpot, so it was slightly easier to get then.
Not long after, well, after some years, I mean, the Pro version of Diamond Valley was released, aptly named Diamond Valley Pro, with 20 paylines, Wilds, Scatters, free spins game and whatnots. I love this game too, but the original I do too. Now, with a Progressive Jackpot prize, the minimum bet is $1.00 per line, and that is way too high for me to carry on playing Diamond Valley, so I have turned to the Pro version instead. Maybe another day another time, I'll tell you the story, hehehe.