Game in Action
When the games opens, the charming ambience music begins to play and you will be treated to the sight of the beautiful mermaid Ariana, coral, overflowing chests of treasure, marine creatures, and the usual high-value card icons—all set against a backdrop of sea blue. As you spin the reels, it becomes obvious that Microgaming hasn’t done much in terms of animations and audio effects. You may feel that the slot should have had a few underwater audio effects to enhance its theme. However, you will soon be absorbed in the game as it is quite generous in spewing payouts.
While the game lacks a progressive jackpot feature, you can win up to 30,000 coins thanks to its stacked symbols, expanding symbols, and free games. The top fixed jackpot of 800 coins is a bit on the low side, and you need to spin a combination of five Ariana symbols to hit it. When you get tired of manually spinning the reels, you can just use the autoplay feature to spin the reels automatically up to 100 times.
There are no bonus games that open on the second screen, but all the symbols appear stacked. If a full symbol stack appears on the first reel during the base game and the free spins round, all matching high symbols on the other reels get expanded, leading to big wins.
The Ariana wild substitutes for all other symbols on the reels, except the scatter Starfish. Spin five Ariana symbols along an active line and win 1000 coins. The scatter wins are even bigger; if you spin five Starfish anywhere on the reels, you will not only activate the free spins round, but also get a nice scatter prize of 10,000 coins. Plus, you can activate the free spins feature while playing a free game.
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To sum up, Ariana is a lovely slot, featuring realistic graphics and an innovative aquatic theme. Although it doesn’t offer much in terms of animations, ambience music, and audio effects, there is quite a lot of money to be won. And you will love the stacked wilds, which happen to be the highlights of this slot.