This Microgaming Ariana slot machine takes you on a journey through the underwater world of mermaids, and the treasures which you’ll find hiding in these crystal clear waters.
What a difference beautiful, detailed, graphics make to a slot machine.
These Ariana slot reels come packed with a mix of beautiful slot symbols in the form of coral reefs, treasure chests, sea horses, and the sparkling titular mermaid herself.
All of these mixed in with the very familiar A – 10 symbols that are familiar to hundreds of other Microgaming slots online.
All set on the background of a lively coral reef, with the sun shining through the surface of the ocean from above, all these little details adds to the overall theme and setting for some underwater slot action.
There’s no doubt, as you open up Ariana, that it’s impressive; but how does it play?
The main base game feature in these watery reels is that of the expanding symbols. Not wild, symbols.
This occurs when you manage to get the whole of reel 1 of the same symbol. If a winning payline can then be created from other symbols in adjacent reels, these will expand and create a whole reels of identical symbols.
As you can imagine if you manage to get five of the same symbol across all five reels you can end up with a whole screen full of five of a kind wins, giving you easily over 100x your bet.
On average you can expect this feature to reward you with some still very good 20 – 40x your bet base game wins, which for a medium variance slot isn’t bad.
And thanks to the wild symbol you can still expect decent 2 – 8x your bet wins throughout your spins.
But where you have the most opportunity to win big is in the free spin games, thanks to a few special wilds.
Find three or more of the purple starfish scatter symbols across the slots reels and you will be rewarded with 15 free spins.
But what really makes them special is how the sounds sounds come alive, and how the wilds now act.
Represented by the Ariana slot logo, the wilds now come stacked on reel 1 adding to the chance of getting a winning combo with the stacked symbol feature.
Equally, the wilds will now also expand on adjacent reels, something they don’t do during the base game.
However, the free spins can be quite elusive. It’s taken us a good 200 spins or so on multiple occasions to trigger them, so make sure you budget accordingly, or hope for luck early on.
The Ariana mobile slot is just as fun to play as the online slot. The graphics and animations transfer well to the smaller mobile phone and tablet screens, and you can enjoy a few spins wherever you happen to be.
No matter how you decide to play you can easily select your bets ranging from 0.25 per spin, up to a generous 125, for playing at the maximum 15 paylines.
The 95% – 96% return to player rate isn’t as high as NetEnt’s entertaining Jack Hammer slot, but you will get some decent payouts thanks to the reel 1 expanding symbols feature.
Unfortunately what lets this game down slightly is the difficulty of finding the free spin games, which when they do come, can offer you some impressively big wins.
What really makes this game playable is the fact that you don’t really need to trigger the free spins to have some fun, or experience the thrills of some decent payouts.
All in all, if you are after a few good spins then join the Ariana slot game on the hunt for sunken treasure deep beneath the waves.