Countless treasures hide beneath the waves, lost to time. With the help of Microgaming, we dive beneath the waves to claim them. Are there still mouth-watering wins to be found in these old chests?
- Expanding symbols and Wilds
- Stacked Wilds
- 240x jackpot
People rarely understand how vast Earth’s oceans are. We know more about things in space than we do about the oceans on our own planet!
Their massive size has led to many ships disappearing over the years. If you hope to find them, you may need to get the help of Ariana the mermaid.
Available special features include expanding icons and a free spins round.
Theme, Graphics and Sounds
Microgaming does not throw us in the deep end in this online slot. We are still close to the shore. We can see the sun’s light beneath the waves, giving the world a beautiful blue colour.
Close to the ground, we see all sorts of fish and plant life. It looks wonderful, though it would benefit from having animations. The developers already added them for some of the symbols, so we know they have the capacity.
You play this game on a five-reel, three-row board with twenty-five fixed paylines. This means we cannot toggle individual paylines on or off when we want to.
In order to win, players need to find three or more matching icons next to one another. Wins must follow an active payline and need to start with the leftmost reel. Otherwise, their cash prize will not be awarded.
Any higher value symbols that appear fully stacked on reel one will trigger expanding icons. Any matching symbols on the playing field will also expand to cover their respective reels.
This increases your odds of winning! On top of that, the special feature becomes even better during free spins. On top of high value icons, Wilds also become expanding symbols.
Three, four or five Scatters will grant fifteen free spins. Wild symbols appears stacked on the first reel during this special feature. This increases the effectiveness of the expanding icons bonus.
It is possible to retrigger the special feature and win more free spins. There does not seem to be a limit on how many times you can reactivate free spins.
Where To Play Ariana?
RTP, bet sizes and volatility
The RTP in this release varies between 95% and 96%. The average value usually given is 95.48%, which is slightly below average compared to the current industry average.
You can bet between $0.25 and $250 on each spin. This is a huge spread of bets, which will please both casual players and high rollers. That said, we are not sure jackpot chasers will want to play Ariana actively.
The reason why is obvious. The top prize is 240x your total stake.
Advantage players will probably skip this title as other slots offer better jaw-dropping jackpots. This game is better suited for casual audiences with its medium variance.
Everyone likes winning big. However, not everyone wants to spend the time grinding high volatility releases to achieve that.
If you just want a fun experience, we can definitely recommend Ariana. The visuals are good. The special features are simple, but can be very engaging.
Especially during free spins! There are things they could improve. The RTP could be better, for example.
We give this slot 3 out of 5 stars. A perfectly average rating for a perfectly average game.