Ariana

Ariana Slot Review

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What is this mobile slot about?

The waters in this Ariana mobile slot are crystal clear, with wins that will surprise you and expanding symbols that create a screen full of treasure.

As proud as Microgaming are of their underwater mermaid princess, we were not as taken by her as they would have liked.

Don’t get us wrong, in terms of graphics this is miles ahead of another one of our favourites the Mermaids Millions slot.

You can feel like you can almost touch the crystal high definition waters, and Ariana herself, when she fills the whole reel and dances on your wins, certainly makes you feel like Microgaming have gone all out on the sounds and animations.

It’s certainly as good as the likes of Amazon Queen by WMS or IGT’s Prowling Panther. The Ariana online slot would not look out of place in the casino floors of Vegas.

So why did we only give it three stars?

Truthfully? We are not 100% sure. By all accounts it should have rated higher in our books.

  • Triggered the free spins within 200 spins? Check!
  • Experience the expanding symbols enough time to see good results? Check.
  • Get stacked wilds during the free spins…? Well, no we didn’t get that actually. But came damn close!

We even managed to trigger 5 reels full of Ariana symbols (highest paying) giving us an explosive 200 times our bet win. Just see our screenshots below if you don’t believe us.

Ariana slot has all the markings of a decent slot game

Yet you know how, sometimes, some mobile slot machines just don’t thrill you? Like, you are playing, and everything they do is right, but for some reason, you wish you were playing on something else?

That’s what happened with the Ariana slot. The reason, we suspect, is because we were expecting more from a mid-variance Microgaming game.

But once we realised the top prize was only 240 times your bet, we saw that we had over-estimated this video slot. Ariana is a much softer princess who is far more forgiving to new players than for experienced gamblers.

All about the expanding symbols

The really nice thing is you can get those kind decent wins any point throughout the game, not just the free spins.

Which brought a new kind of pleasure for a Microgaming slot, even if the slow pace of the action means we’d probably only play a few tens of spins at best before moving on.

Big win hunters are better off trying their luck on Piggy Riches or even the Rainbow Riches rip-off Lucky Leprechaun.

But for those who like their videoslots simple, with one big feature to keep them entertained, Ariana mobile slot is certainly pretty enough to keep you spinning for a little while.

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Mobile slot overview

Mobile Slot releasedMay 2015
Slot typeVideo Slot
Slot reels / paylines5 Reels / 25 Paylines
House edge5% - 4%
Slot volatilityLow/Medium
Coins range0.01 - 0.50
Min/Max bet0.25 / 125
Max win30,000
Free spins15 Free Spins / No Multipliers
Bonus roundsExpanding Symbols, Wilds, Scatters, Free Spins
Exclusive: 10 Free Spins + 100% up to £200 Bonus
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In-game bonus features

Wilds: The Ariana slot logo is wild and replaces all other symbols except scatters. It also comes stacked on reel one during the free spins.

Expanding Symbols: Any full symbol of stacks on reel one will trigger a chain reaction, where any other matching high paying symbol on the other 4 reels will expand as well, creating a chain reaction of wins.

Ariana, the highest paying symbol, comes stacked across all 5 reels anyway. However, the sea horse, the treasure chest and the coral reef only come stacked on reel 1.

Scatters and Free Spins: The purple starfish is the scatter symbol and get three anywhere on the reels to get 15 free spins.

There are no multipliers, so this free spin bonus isn't as hard hitting as with other Microgaming mobile casino slots, but it does have the advantage that you now get stacked wilds on the first reel.

Not only is that good for creating wins, but, much like the expanding symbol feature we mention above, if you get it to cover the whole of reel 1, any other wild on reels will also expand.

Potentially you could get 5 reels full of wilds, which would get you the max top prize win of the whole game.


Closing thoughts

Ariana mobile slot is beautifully done, even if this underwater princess looks like she just came out of an audition of the real housewives of Beverly Hills.

She won't make you a millionaire, and for our money we will probably still rather play on Mermaids Millions or Thunderstruck II, but that said, sometimes it's nice to try something new.

And with the expanding symbols bringing you surprising wins at any time, there's a few treasures hidden in these tropical waters.

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Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: May 18, 2016 - Rating 3

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