Ariana is an online pokie from Microgaming, with the popular ocean theme. Ariana means most holy and in this pokie she is the divine heroine of the seas, who is at her beautiful best when she expands to a full length figure on any reel. Microgaming has introduced an innovative feature in this online pokie called Expanding Symbols, which can cover the entire reel with the same symbol. The online pokie also has attractive visual appeal.
The visual appeal of Ariana online pokie is breathtaking, both in the sunlit ocean depths in the background and the photographic realism of the symbols on the reels. The high paying symbols are associated with the ocean and include Ariana, starfish, sea anemones, treasure chest and corals. In the win animations these appear life like and as suspended in the water with soft music in the background. The usual Microgaming playing card icons are used for the low paying symbols. The Ariana logo is the wild symbol and it can substitute for any symbol except for the scatter symbol. It also awards the highest line payouts.
The Expanding Symbols feature is the innovation introduced by Microgaming in Ariana online pokie. It is triggered in an interesting manner. Ariana, anemones, chest and coral can appear as a full stack on reel 1. This expands matching symbols on the other reels, provided this leads to a winning combination. All 15 positions on the reels can be covered by the same symbol, and this happens more frequently than you would expect.
The second feature in Ariana pokie is the free spins bonus that is triggered by three or more scattered starfish symbols appearing simultaneously on the reels. You are awarded 15 free spins. During the free spins the Ariana logo wild symbol can also appear in a full stack on reel 1. This immediately has the potential of more winning combinations. The Expanding Symbols feature becomes more attractive. Any full symbol stack on reel 1 expands matching symbols and also wild symbols on the other reels, provided this leads to a winning combination. The free spins are played out with the same bets and paylines as the triggering spin and can be retriggered.
Ariana is a 25 paylines online video pokie in which all paylines are enabled by default. This is good because the experienced pokie players always enable all paylines anyway. The reels are in the standard 5x3 format. The total bet starts at AU$0.25 and goes up to AU$1250.00. The scatter payouts begin with two starfish symbols appearing anywhere on the reels. The top scatter payout is 100 times the total bet. The top line payout is 250 times the line bet. The line payouts are on the lower side, but you have to factor in the Expanding Symbols feature that leads to multiple winning paylines in the same spin. Then the wins are really huge. You can win up to AU$300,000 in this pokie game.