Ariana

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The Ariana slot is one of Microgaming’s newest titles. It is a mermaid themed game. Yes, we know what you’re thinking. There are many of those online. Not quite like Ariana, there isn’t. Ariana contains a wonderfully modern selection of graphics, wrapped up with the standard paying, high playing card icons of yesteryear.

The siren appearing in Ariana is a very special symbol, and she contributes a lot to gameplay. That gameplay is designed in typical Microgaming fashion, with scatters, bonuses and special wilds. Stacked symbols play an important part in the Ariana slot, which is played over 5 reels, and just 25 paylines.

Ariana slot

  • Software:
    Microgaming
  • Type:
    Video slot
  • Reels:
    5
  • Paylines:
    25
  • Coins Range:
    0.01 - 150
  • Jackpot:
    No
  • Bonus Round:
    Yes
  • Free Spins/Multiplier Better:
    Yes

Available stakes

Players are unfortunately not going to be able to adjust the number of paylines in the slot. This is quite strange for a 25-line game. Nonetheless, you can wager line bets. Coin denominations of 0.01 up to 0.50 can be selected, and players can bet anything up to 10 of those per line. With Ariana, you are looking at minimum and maximum stake limits of 0.25, and 125.00 per spin, respectively.

Jackpots

Microgaming’s Ariana slot is a non-progressive jackpot game. The best paying icon is actually the scatter symbol, and should players land 5 of those anywhere on the screen, they will win a total of 100x their total bet. Up to 30,000 coins can be won in this game, by locating wilds all across the reels. It won’t be easy to do, though.

Special features

Ariana features stacked icons. The mermaid is stacked on all of the reels, whilst the seaweed, treasure chest and rocks are stacked on the first reel. In the base game, any full symbol stack on the first reel will expand all of the matching symbols on the subsequent reels.

Ariana’s logo acts as a wild icon, and it can replace all other symbols in the game, save for the scatter icon. It also coughs up the second largest pay-out, when appearing in winning combinations.

Ariana’s scatter icon is a starfish, and it will offer total bet multipliers when it appears 2 or more times anywhere on screen. Landing 3 or more scatters will trigger a free spins bonus round.

Bonus Game

Ariana’s free spins bonus offers you 15 free games. During that free spins feature, all Ariana logo wilds appearing on the first reel are stacked. Again, all high symbols appearing stacked on the first reel, will cause matching symbols on other reels to also appear stacked. Free spins can be retriggered by landing 3 or more scatters.

Mobile version

This is a new slot machine game, so of course it is going to be available to play as a mobile casino game. Unless you have a relatively new (within the last two years) gambling device, you may encounter lagging when playing Ariana on the go. If you’ve got a particularly good mobile or tablet, the HD graphics in Ariana will really shine through.

Overall

As we’ve said – and as you no doubt know – there are several mermaid themed video slots out on the market, not least Microgaming’s other major title, Mermaids Millions. Ariana is understandably better. There are more features, there are cheaper bets, and there are better graphics. Ariana is also one of the few modern mermaid slots which you can actually play whilst gaming on the go. Ariana won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, but it will certainly impress any player who has a knack for underwater themed slots. The bonuses are decent, though not entirely original. Originality stems from the fact that Ariana uses plenty of stacked icons, and is capable of expanding standard paying icons out of the blue.