Ariana Slot Review
Ariana is a 5 reel, 25 payline video slot which is brought to you by Microgaming. It’s set underwater where the mermaid princess resides in her hidden world (Ariana). Playable from 25p to £125 a spin, there is plenty of sea life with starfish and majestic sea dragons on the reels (set on an active Coral reef).
The game benefits from full symbol stacks on reel 1 in the base game – this expands all matching high value symbols on the other reels to potentially give you huge wins. However, the matching symbol can only expand if they are part of a winning combination.
The main attraction is the Free Spins feature which can be played when you see 3 or more Starfish symbols (the scatter) anywhere on the reels. You will be granted 15 free spins as well as the opportunity to retrigger (if you get 3 scatters during the free spins). All wins are subject to a 1x multiplier.
However, stacked and expanding wilds can really boost your winnings in the feature too – when you get a full symbol stack on reel 1, not only do matching high value symbols expand but also wild symbols. Expanding wilds are what will give you the huge payouts.
The most you can win in the base game is 200 times your stake (per spin). However, the Free Spins feature proves more fruitful with 240 times your stake. I class Ariana as a medium variance game which is nicely balanced. The design is excellent too and reminiscent of the volatile Great Blue by Playtech.
In terms of aquatic adventures, you cannot go wrong with the iconic Lord of the Ocean by Novomatic which is high variance albeit a little dated graphically. One final thing – Ariana is available to play on mobile and tablet devices too (such as iPad, iPhone and Android).