Ariana is a five reel Microgaming video slot with 25 paylines. The game can be played from 25p to £125 per spin.
The action takes place under water with Ariana keeping a watchful eye over her kingdom. The graphics live up to the excellent quality you’d expect from a Microgaming slot and the soundtrack perfectly fits with the aquatic theme. The backdrop shows clear waters with coral and fish while the water-based theme is continued in the symbols. Ariana herself makes an appearance and you’ll also find treasure chests, starfish and various sea plants. The game’s logo acts as the wild and the lower value symbols are represented by the traditional letter symbols.
Keep an eye out for expanding symbols in both the base game and the free spins round. In the base game a full symbol stack on the first reel expands any matching symbols on the other reels to cover the full reel. However, the matching symbols will only expand when they form part of a winning combination. The feature works in much the same way in the bonus round, except wilds are also expanded here, which can obviously lead to some big wins.
Landing three, four or five of the Starfish scatter symbols on the reels activates the free spins round. You’ll be rewarded with 15 free spins, which can be retriggered if you land another three or more scatters during the round. The potential for big wins is pretty decent during the free spins as you benefit from the expanding symbols and expanding wilds. It’s even possible to fill the whole screen with wild symbols during this feature.
With stunning visuals and a soundtrack that holds the interest, this is a really pleasant game to play. There isn’t a huge amount in the way of bonus features but this means players don’t have to spend time and money getting to grips with the game and what there is can result in some big wins.