Explore the latest Microgaming casino slots, Aurora Wilds, by their newest partner, Neon Valley Studios.
Yesterday, we told you about a new partnership deal between Microgaming and Neon Valley Studios. The iGaming juggernaut signed yet another exclusive content agreement, taking on a fresh team to ‘bring the spirit of Vegas’ to internet players outside the US.
Within that announcement, it was confirmed that Neon Valley
Studios would launch its first game on the Quickfire platform on
Tuesday, September 10. And as promised, we’re delving straight into
that new title, the Aurora Wilds Slot, to see if Neon
Valley’s slot machines are as story-driven as they say they are.
Latest Microgaming Casino Slot – Aurora Wilds
My first impression upon loading up Aurora Wilds is that no, it
does not deliver on the “story” aspect Neon Valley games are said
to be founded on. When I think of slots with a story, I expect an
in-depth plot. It should start with a cinematic back story, and the
tale should progress interactively along with the game. Aurora Wilds
delivers none of this, and for that reason I found it disappointing.
What this game does is combine a popular theme – Native American
culture – with an appealing graphic scheme – Aurora Borealis (aka
Northern Lights) – throwing in enough features to keep it
interesting. The end result is not the story-driven game I was hoping
for, but a modestly immersive game, nonetheless.
Aurora Wilds Slot Review
Microgaming’s latest addition is a traditional 5 reel, 10 line
video slot. It’s got a bet range of $0.10 up to $100 per spin, with
an average RTP of 96.2%. Borrowing a series of symbols from Native
American culture, this game utilizes artistic renderings of a
phoenix, horse, turtle, fish and rabbit, along with classic Bar and 7
icons as the highest paying images.
A dual feather and diamond, back-dropped by Northern Lights, is
the wild. Wilds take the place of any other standard symbol. All
wilds are expanding wilds, growing to cover the full reel each time
one appears in any position, and will also trigger a free respin each
time a new wild appears. After expanding to cover its row, the wild
reel locks in place for the respin. If another wild appears, it too
will expand, lock into place, and trigger another respin.
Instead of employing a standard scatter symbol, Neon Valley chose
to install scatters that can attach themselves to any standard symbol
(all except wilds). The scatter appears as a golden jackpot wheel in
the bottom right corner of other symbols. If three or more jackpot
wheels appear on any three symbols (those symbols don’t have to
match) in a single spin, it triggers a
jackpot bonus game that guarantees one of four jackpots will be
Jackpot Wheel Bonus Game
When triggered, a Jackpot Bonus Wheel appears. The wheel contains
various positions, each marked by one of four colors. Each color
represents one of the four jackpots. The details of each jackpot, its
odds of striking, and overall prize value, are as follows…
Mini Jackpot: Blue, 50% chance, pays 15x total bet
Minor Jackpot: Green, 30% chance, pays 50x total bet
Major Jackpot: Red, 15% chance, pays 200x total bet
Grand Jackpot: Gold, 5% chance, pays 2,000x total bet
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