Ariana is an online video slot game powered by gaming experts Microgaming. This 5 reel and 3 row slot boasts 25 pay lines and the chance to win a whopping 300,000 coins. Set in a mesmerising underwater kingdom, the game is centred around a beautiful and mysterious mermaid, Ariana, and an abundance of spectacular, vibrant underwater creatures, fish, pearls and coral.

The aquatic reel symbols feature Ariana herself, a bunch of seaweed, a glimmering treasure chest and a coral bed. These are the higher value symbols. The lower value symbols are standard playing card icons.

The game’s main feature centres around expanding symbols. In the main game, any full symbol stack appearing on the first reel will trigger all the matching high value symbols on the remaining reels to expand, filling their reels. This can be a gateway to bigger and better wins, of course! The matching symbols will only expand if they have formed part of a winning line.

Likewise, in the free spins games, any full symbol stack on the first reel will trigger all the matching high value symbols and the wilds on the remaining reels to expand (if part of a winning line), meaning there’s an even greater chance at bigger wins.

The Ariana logo is the Wild symbol and will substitute all but the scatter symbol, which is the pretty starfish. If 3, 4 or 5 starfish scatter symbols land on your reels, the bonus game will be activated. This consists of 15 free spins and features the bonus stacked symbols (as earlier mentioned) as well as stacked wilds as a potentially lucrative extra. The free spins can be retriggered if you land yet more starfish scatter symbols during the free session.

Verdict

Though not a bad game at all, Ariana Slots seems to be lacking the ‘wow’ factor that some other Microgaming slot games have been known to possess. The theme and game features are pleasant, however, and what I did like about Ariana is the generosity in terms of free spins – 15 is quite high, but it may take a while to trigger them. This is not one of the best, but an ok game to add to an otherwise pretty impressive catalogue from Microgaming.

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