Microgaming’s Magic of Sahara Video Slot Review

Join the nomadic Tuareg people on a North African desert trek in Magic of Sahara. This 5 reel, 9 payline video slot has been created by Microgaming and comes with super stacked wilds and a free spins round that can be triggered in 2 different ways. All pays during those free spins are boosted by a 2x multiplier. Play on your PC, tablet or mobile from between 9p and £45 per spin.

The design in Magic of Sahara is quite simple but rather nicely done. Backed by golden desert sands and a village in the distance, you’ll see lower value A to 9 royals alongside a camel and a pair of Tuareg people. The young male is the top standard symbol. Land 5 of him in a line for a payout of 55 times your bet.

Helping to create those winning lines is the Magic of Sahara logo which is the wild. This substitutes for everything bar the scatter as well as delivering awards of 6.67, 44.44 or 133.33 times your bet if you manage to find 3, 4 or 5 of them on a payline. The wild spins in super stacked formation on reels 3 and 4 in the base game.

The main feature in Magic of Sahara is the Free Spins feature. Unusually, there are 2 different ways to trigger it. Magic Tokens joining the standard symbols is the bearded tribal chief. Whenever this symbol hits, it transforms into a royal symbol and also adds a token to a chain. The goal here is to amass 25 tokens. You’ll the receive 25 free spins. The chief can appear on all 5 reels so it’s possible to land up to 5 tokens on each spin.

Scatter Style – the second way to activate the feature is far more standard. Land 3, 4 or 5 of the bowl of gemstones scatter. After a payout of 3, 25 or 100 times your total bet you’ll then play your free spins. The number awarded is the amount in the token chain plus a bonus 5.

The Free Spins features takes place on a new set of reels regardless of how you triggered them. Look out for super stacked wilds that can appear on all 5 reels during the feature rather than just reels 3 and 4. A 2x multiplier is in play throughout the free spins too, doubling all payouts.

Microgaming has kept things pretty straightforward here and it works rather well. The visuals are nicely done and there’s just enough variety on offer from the features to keep things interesting. The feature offers the best opportunities thanks to the extra stacked wilds and multipliers with wins of 2,222.22 times your bet on each free spin.

If they combine nicely, then Magic of Sahara can deliver some potentially magical action. I would also recommend Play ‘N Go’s Golden Caravan which has a similar feel.

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