We dive deep into the ocean where meet the beautiful mermaid Ariana. This slot game is in style of the amazing underwater world. You will find colorful coral, fish and a treasure chest full of gold from a long perished galleon. When we talk about the gaming experience, Quickfire (Microgaming) actually could still score some extra points. If they adjusted the sound effects and background music to this same underwater ocean theme. Now we hear the sounds of a bustling casino hall, not really matching. This Ariana slot offers 25 paylines and 5 reels. There are many features available such as Wild symbols, Scatters and free spins. When you spin one big symbol in the first reel, then the matching smaller symbols in the following reels can expand. We will later get into some more detail. For now, grab your diving gear and go look for Ariana and her hidden treasures!
The first spins
What first strikes us are the beautiful graphics. Especially when we win a prize, the game really comes to life. We hear a happy tune, and we see the symbols move and there is a colorful border around them. A plus is also the clear display of the winning line on which we won a prize. To the left of the screen we see the amount of money we get paid per line. One drawback is that you can not set the number of paylines you want to play. With this Ariana slot game you always play 25 paylines.
Quickfire (Microgaming) also gives you the ability to view your top 5 win history in the menu. To view it, click on the button win. When you click the recent tab, you can also view the most recent winnings. Both amounts are indicated quite precisely with the time mentioned. You can also choose this game to show your balance in credits, coins or both. Very useful if you just do not know exactly how much you’re betting. It can sometimes be confusing, you can adjust the coin size and also set the number of coins per spin. With coin size the range is from 0.01 to 0.50 and the number of coins from 1 to 10.
Wilds, Scatters, Free Spins and Expanding symbols
Ariana surrounds herself with various features such as the famous Wild symbols, Scatters, free spins and Expanding symbols. This last feature can get you a winning combination pretty quickly, but it needs some explanation. The Expanding symbols work like this: When you spin in the first reel one big symbol that occupies the complete reel, then the other matching symbols on the next reels will expand. This only happens when there is a winning combination possible. For example.. you turn the mermaid Ariana as one big symbol in the first reel. Then the other symbols on the next reels will expand, but only if they also display the symbol of Ariana. Because these symbols can expand it’s much easier to make a winning combination! This feature applies to the basic game for all symbols with an image, except for the Wild symbols and A, K, Q, J, and 10. In the free spins bonus game these Expanding Wilds are also active, but this time the Wild symbol counts as well . During our review in the demo game, we surfaced a very nice prize after a few rounds. 30x our bet with the Expanding Wilds! You can win the biggest prize with Ariana symbol on all 5 reels. This combination provides you 200x your bet!
The image with the Ariana logo is the Wild symbol, that can substitute for any other symbol except the Scatter symbol. The Scatter symbol is the image of a starfish. If you manage to turn 3, 4 or 5 of these symbols, you will receive 15 free spins! This bonus feature can also be reactivated. This happens when you spin 3 Ariana symbols on the first reel in the free spins game.
Summary table Ariana
|Software developer||Quickfire (Microgaming)|
|Supported on mobile devices||Yes|
|Release date||May 2015|
|Payout Percentage RTP (?)||96%|
|Volatility / variance (?)||Low to average|
|Features (?)||Free spins, Scatters, Wilds and Expanding symbols|
|Roles / pay-lines (?)||5 / 25|
|Min. / Max. bet||25p up to £125|
|Coin value||0,01 up to 0,50|
|Number of coins (?)||1 up to 10|
|Max. prize||200x bet|
This slot game is well made, a fun theme which also recurs in the different graphics. There is also room for some improvement when it comes to the background sounds. It does not fit the theme, and sounds of a bustling casino floor could become tedious if you play for an extended time. Another minor niggle is that we can not set the number of paylines. Alternatively, there are a lot of other settings for example your bet, coin value and the number of coins per spin. When we talk about the bonus features, the Ariana slot doesn’t get boring very fast. Especially the Expanding symbols is a fun addition. Try this game for yourself and win up to 200x your bet!
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