The wombat says: Just when you thought you’d seen every slot in the entire world with a mermaid theme (the Enchanted Mermaid slot anyone?), along comes the Ariana slot from Microgaming to blow you out of the water…
OK, all ocean-puns aside, this underwater-themed game has a calming vibe and some nice graphics with a lady in a shell-covered bikini, so dive underneath the surface of the sea, and meet ethereal mermaid Ariana who’ll introduce you to a whole host of hidden treasures.
She looks like she could be related to the creatures in the Fairies Forest slot, but they’ve got wings rather than tails.
And if you get bored of Ariana? Unlikely, but you could also give the Secrets of Atlantis slot a spin- it also features a mermaid in designer underwear.
Look and Feel
Look at the fish! We love the full-screen background to the reels that make you feel like you are in some kind of awesome aquarium, and the music is pretty relaxing too.
But, we could have done with more atmosphere, and even a bit more of a storyline. What’s the deal with Ariana? How did she get down there and why are her shiny locks so ruddy perfect? Mrs Wombat assures us that you can’t get a blow dry at the bottom of the Ocean…
Ariana Slot Game Play
As per Microgaming standard ops, the Ariana slot features 5 reels with 25 pay-lines. Your symbols on the reels are made up of live coral reefs, overflowing treasure chests, majestic floating seahorses, bejewelled starfishes and the beautiful mermaid herself looking mega glam, along with the usual high playing cards, A – 10, all set against a backdrop of the deep blue sea.
There’s a top jackpot of 800 coins for a winning combo of five Ariana symbols, and there’s also a nice stacked symbols touch in the game too; if a full symbol stack appears on the first reel during the base game (or the free spins round), all matching high symbols on the other reels get expanded – including the Wilds…
Wilds, Scatters and Spins
The Ariana Wild icon substitutes for all other symbols on the reels, except the Scatter. Meanwhile, 5 Ariana Wilds you’ll scoop 1000 coins, which would be nice.
Your Scatter symbol on the reels is the glitzy-looking Starfish, and 3 or more of these beauties anywhere on the reels will give you 15 free spins. This dizzy delight can also be retriggered if you get 3 more of the Starfish Scatters during the round. Oh, and getting 5 of them anywhere on the reels could also get you a cool 10,000 coins. The mind boggles…
Sadly there are no pick em’ bonus games, or second screen shenanigans in Ariana slot, which is a shame ,cos we’d have liked to have delved deeper into this underwater slot.
Play on Mobile and Tablet
This game looks pretty awesome on mobile and tablet as well as desktop, resizing nicely but still giving you the full screen treatment – which is important as this wombat likes to spin on the hop.
A decent looking game with some nice clean graphics and 3D symbols as you’d expect from Microgaming, but it doesn’t offer much in terms of atmosphere.
However there is quite a lot of money to be won due to the stacked wilds and symbols. And let’s be honest, that Ariana is a bit of a looker! Those of you who like their slots simple with just the one feature will appreciate Ariana slot the most.
Wombat score: 4/5
- How do you trigger the free spins in the Ariana slot?
You will need 3, 4 or 5 starfish scatter symbols that will trigger 15 free spins. The Ariana logo turns into a stacked image of Ariana on reel one and the free spins can be retriggered if you get three more scatters anywhere on the reels in a single spin
- What´s the deal in the base game?
When you land an expanding symbol that stacks on the first reel, all the matching symbols on the other reels also expand when they make up a winning combination. A great little feature!