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Aurora Wilds Slot Machine

Aurora Wilds Slot Game

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There are plenty of small studios that develop slots for Microgaming, Atom Spin being one of them. Atom Spin has developed the slot Aurora Wilds exclusively for the giant, which depicts the aurora phenomenon with the most incredible graphics. You will enjoy a slot that's pleasant on the eyes, which offers simple gameplay and four jackpot prizes.

Features

Aurora Wilds has quite a simple gameplay. In fact, all the action revolves around Expanding Wilds and Respins.

Each time you land a Wild on the three reels, you trigger the Expanding Wilds feature. This is when the Wild expands to fully cover the reel it landed on and lock into place, giving you a Respin. If during the Respin another Wild appears, it also expands and locks into place for the duration of the next Respin. This means that you could get up to 3 Expanded Wild Reels eventually if all goes well. When no more Wilds appear during a Respin or when you’ve landed all three Wilds, the feature ends.

But there is also a Jackpot Wheel that you can trigger if you land 3 Gold Wheel Jackpot symbols on the middle reels. Should you trigger it, you should know that a jackpot prize is guaranteed. There are four fixed jackpots, as in many other Microgaming slots. The Grand Jackpot gives you 2,000x the stake reward, the Major 100x the stake, the Minor 50x, and the Mini 15x the stake.

Theme & Design

You’re taken to the north, among the picturesque mountain peaks and a little lake. Illuminated by the northern lights that form the natural phenomenon aurora, the background looks stunning, enchanting even, presented with marvellous graphics. There is a mysterious, but the alluring soundtrack in the backdrop, fitting the whole scene perfectly. 

Now, the symbols on the reels don’t quite fit the theme, as you will see, because they seem as if borrowed from other themes. There are Chinese-style animals, fish, horses, rabbits, turtles and eagles which are the lowest-paying symbols. The highest-paying ones, on the other hand, seem like borrowed from the classic theme, as you will see the Lucky 7s and Bars. The Bars are actually the highest-paying ones, giving you 25x the stake for a 5-of-a-kind combo.

Wagering & Paylines

Aurora Wilds offers 10 fixed paylines and a rather convenient betting range for those lines. The minimum bet you can place is $0.10, while the maximum $60.00. As far as the RTP goes, you get the average 96.20%. 

The highest-paying Bars can give you 25x the stake for the best combo. For the max bet, this means that you could pocket $1,500.00. Now, during the base game, the potential is not as attractive. You could optimally get 500x the stake, which translates to $30,000.00. But, should you get to the Grand Jackpot and scoop the 2,000x the stake prize, you could win $120,000.00. That’s more like it. But still, it will not attract high-rollers, even though low-rollers would be satisfied. If you’re one, you could really enjoy it.           

Verdict

We must admit when we first saw the title of the slot and the mesmerizing aurora in the background we got really excited. But then we saw the symbols on the reels and got a little bit disappointed. There is an unnecessary mixture of themes that are not even slightly related to each other. Then, we saw the base game potential and we got even more baffled. 500x the stake is not a payout you would expect from a Microgaming’s slot, right? But then, our hopes were lifted again, when we realized that there is a Grand Jackpot worth 2,000x the stake waiting to be won. That being said, depending on your budget and payout potential preferences, it is up to you whether you’d like to give it a try or not. It has its ups and downs, that’s for sure.