Microgaming used to rule the industry with blockbuster games like Immortal Romance and Jurassic Park, but the company’s priorities have altered significantly since those days. Microgaming seems content to stand there rather than adapt to the changing industry, giving younger, more nimble firms a chance to make a name for themselves. Things look to be going in the direction Microgaming wants them to. Quickfire has hundreds of providers and continues to grow as new studios join the roster. From our and the gambling industry’s vantage point, Microgaming has been irrelevant for quite some time.
Aurora Wilds is a video slot game featuring expanding wilds and respin features, and it has 5 reels, 3 rows, and 10 paylines. If the name seems familiar, that’s because it’s based on Starburst, one of the most successful online slot games of all time. Aurora Wilds is an HTML5-based slot game that accepts bets between $0.10 and €/$60 per spin and can be played on a wide variety of current devices.
As we go north, we will see the Aurora Borealis through the eyes of Atom Spin’s creators. The picturesque mountain peaks and lake in the background are bathed in the glow of the dancing northern lights. It’s basic in style, but in combined with the rather cryptic soundtrack, it provides for quite a delightful experience. There are five lower-value symbols on the reels shown by bunnies, fish, turtles, horses, and eagles, all designed in a sort of tribal manner. The fortunate sevens and bar symbols are more profitable, with the latter paying out 25 times your wager for five on a full payline.
Features of Aurora Wilds (Microgaming)
This game’s sole true perk activates if a wild symbol appears in a winning combination. The wild will Expand to fill the entire reel, lock into place, and provide a Respin if it lands on the middle three reels. If a wild appears during the respin, it will grow to fill the whole reel and lock into place, along with any other wilds that have already expanded. If no further wild symbols show up during the respin, the feature will stop.
When 3 gold wheel jackpot symbols appear anywhere on reels 2, 3, or 4, a separate Jackpot Wheel is triggered. The jackpot wheel promises one of four fixed jackpots; Mini (15x), Minor (50x), Major (100x), and Grand (2000x).
Final Say on Microgaming’s Aurora Wilds
Aurora Wilds may not be as creative as NetEnt’s Starburst, but it does include a jackpot element that Starburst lacks. Although the games themselves are not particularly lucrative, with maximum wins of 500 times your bet each spin (which seldom happens), the potential for a jackpot worth 2000 times your stake adds a little of spice to an otherwise tried-and-true format. There is no publicized information on the likelihood of winning the Grand prize, so you shouldn’t hold your breath waiting for it to be hit any time soon.
Aurora Wilds isn’t horrible, but it can’t compete in a market when there are so many other games. With so many different games out there and so little disposable income (for most people, at least), it’s hard to recommend Aurora Wilds.