Microgaming’s Aurora Wilds Video Slot Review

Aurora Wilds: Demo

The American Pacific northwest is the setting for Aurora Wilds, a 5 reel, 10 payline, win both ways video slot from Neon Valley Studios for Microgaming. Play from between 10p and £60 per spin. It benefits from expanding wilds, respins and 4 fixed jackpots.

Beautiful Backdrops

You’d hope that a video slot based on one of nature’s most magnificent phenomena would look resplendent. Aurora Wilds is nicely done. With mountains, forests and a shimmering night sky in the background, you’ll see a combination of classic fruity symbols and totem-style animals. The game engine means that winning combinations can start from reel 5 as well as reel 1.

Expanding Wilds & Respins

The magnificent, translucent butterfly is the game’s wild. This can appear on the middle 3 reels only. Whenever 1 hits, it expands to turn the whole of that reel – this is called the Expanding Wilds feature. The Respin feature then comes into play as a respin is then awarded with the expanded wild locking in position. If another wild lands, the process is repeated, this time with 2 expanding wilds in place. The perfect scenario is a respin with all 3 central reels wild.

Jackpot Wheel feature – Spin to Win

The golden wheel is the bonus symbol. Land 3 of these on reels 2, 3 and 4 on the same spin and you’ll activate the Jackpot Wheel feature. Give it a spin. Depending on where the pointer lands, you’ll win 1 of the following jackpot prizes:

  • Mini Jackpot = 15 times your bet
  • Minor Jackpot = 50 times your bet
  • Major Jackpot = 100 times your bet
  • Grand Jackpot = 2,000 times your bet

You’re guaranteed to win one of these prizes each time you land the Jackpot Wheel.

Medium Variance

Aurora Wilds is a relatively simple game that’s not overloaded with extras. The expanding wilds and respins come along regularly enough to keep things ticking over and the jackpots offer some decent potential. The variance is in the medium range offering a balanced range of payouts.

Simple but Enjoyable

A trip to the Northern Lights is on the bucket list of many travellers. This video slot version might not have the wow factor of the real thing. It’s diverting enough though, if you’re looking for a game that combines classy design and simple gameplay. There are much better video slots from Microgaming to play though – such as the iconic Immortal Romance.

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