Aurora Wilds Slot Review
An interesting new video slot, Aurora Wilds is designed by Atomic Spins and it is available exclusively at Microgaming’s operators. The game has a Native American inspiration, showing off the forests of North America and some of the local creatures as drawings.
When it comes to the way the slot will actually be played, you should expect a 5-reel title here, which has 10 active paylines, paying both ways. You could win one of the fixed jackpots which will go up to 2,000x, trigger regular combinations and get up to 500x, or get features which include re-spins, expanding wilds or the Bonus Wheel.
Betting and Prizes
When spinning the reels of Aurora Wilds, the game needs you to use at least $0.10 per spin, which would send $0.01 coins to each of the 10 coins. The potential is there to wager a lot more, up to $6 per line and $60 total, so all you need is to make the decision, if you can afford that kind of investment over many spins.
If we’re looking at the fixed jackpots that Aurora Wilds can trigger, there are four of those, and they all come via the Bonus Wheel feature. The names of these jackpots include the Grand (biggest), followed by Major, Minor or Mini. Values are at 2,000x total stake ($120,000), 100x, 50x and 15x, respectively.
Those jackpots aren’t the only ones that can pay a decent amount, as regular combinations will offer up to 500x, when all positions are occupied by top paying icons.
There is a 96.20% RTP, which has been announced for Aurora Wilds, at a level that’s satisfactory for a modern slot. The volatility, announced as Medium, will also work for players that don’t have an appetite for higher risk.
Aurora Wilds Slot Features
I’d mention the expanding wild first, a symbol which you can get on the middle three reels and have it part of any regular combinations. It’s a substitute which takes over the entire reel that it lands on. Its image is that of a diamond, which has two feathers attached, so it does have a Native American look.
Following the expanding wild’s appearance, a re-spin triggers, with the initial wild reel locked. This could even lead to additional re-spins, if new expanding wilds are added. The maximum number of re-spins is three, same as how many wild reels you can get.
The Gold Disks which you’re going to see appearing in various symbols, will lead you to a Bonus Wheel feature, provided that 3+ appear. With the spin of the Bonus Wheel, you are guaranteed to win one of the four progressive jackpots. I’ve mentioned them above, but they range from the Mini, to Minor, Major and Grand variants, the last one paying 2,000x the round’s stake.
Theme & Design
While the Native American theme is obvious, the implementation we have for it is not a standard one. There are no Natives on the reels, no regular wild animals or tee pees. Instead, we see a mix of elaborate drawings of various animals from that region. They’re used for the lower value icons, with the five shown including rabbits, turtles, horses, birds and fish. We also see the red 7 and the Bar logo as the top paying icons, along with a couple of feature triggers (Diamond Wild and Jackpot Wheel). Not a great design, all things considered, just an average one these days.
Aurora Wilds doesn’t feel like a great release. The slot machine offers average payouts, doesn’t look good, has few features, and overall it feels like a missed opportunity.