Hope a magical genie can make your jackpot dreams come true in Sahara Nights. This Arabian adventure has been created by Yggdrasil Gaming and is played using a 5 reel, 20 payline game engine. The highlight is the bonus round that awards free spins complete with sticky stacked wilds that can fill the middle 3 reels. Fully optimized for computer, tablet or mobile play, stakes range from between 10p and £100 per spin.
Yggdrasil Gaming usually puts plenty of thought into the design of their video slots and Sahara Nights is another impressive looking game. The action here takes place in the Sultan’s lavish palace. Joining the quartet of lower value gemstone symbols are a goblet, a dagger and members of the Sultan’s court. His bearded majesty is the best of the standard symbols, awarding 1, 2.5, 10 or 175 times your bet if you land 2, 3, 4 or 5 in combination.
Central to most of the best action in Sahara Nights is the magic lamp which is the wild. This can land on the middle 3 reels only. When it does hit, the Genie Wilds feature comes into play – a genie can appear from the lamp which expands to turn the whole of that reel wild if the expansion delivers another winner.
There’s just the 1 other bonus feature in Sahara Nights. It offers some good potential though. The Free Spins feature is triggered by landing 3, 4 or 5 of the Free Spins scatter on the same spin. After a payout of 1, 10 or 1,000 times your total bet, you’ll then receive 8, 12 or 16 free spins.
As in the base game, the wilds can land on reels 2, 3 and 4 only. When they hit, they expand to fill the whole reel. Additionally, these sticky wilds then lock in position for the rest of the round. If you manage to land 3 wild reels, you’ll receive 2 more free spins. Standard re-triggers are possible here too, complete with the cash payouts of 1, 10 or 1,000 times your stake.
There’s plenty to like about Sahara Nights. The visuals are as impressive as you’d expect from an Yggdrasil Gaming video slot and the sweeping score is excellent. You won’t find a huge variety of extras here. The free spins round can be a cracker though, especially if you land the stacked wilds early on in the proceedings.
This is because it makes it easier to fill the reels with wilds and the high value Sultan which will result in a 3,500 times bet payout (per free spin). We enjoyed this Arabian yarn. With its classy design and entertaining gameplay Sahara Nights is a simple but very playable release.