Free Aliya’s Wishes slot
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Aliya's Wishes slot by Microgaming is via one of their in-house studios, Fortune Factory. As a developer that's gone right off the boil in the last few years and seem a shadow of their former selves, the use of smaller developers has given mainly mediocre results with games like Book of Oz and numerous other near-copies. The worst of these is definitely Electric Avenue, a dire game but here there are signs of promise here with the classic middle eastern theme, this time using Ali Baba's princess Aliya. This was released near enough the same time as Red Tiger's Ali Baba's Luck slot and like that game, appears to have some potential. So will Ali Baba's good lady Aliya be as generous as him when it comes to our bankroll?
We get 20 lines over 5 reels of 3 rows here on Aliya's Wishes slot with symbols appearing stacked too as they fall as individual tiles and are replaced from above. The 5-of-a-kind pays are 15x for Aliya, 5x Maid, 4x Ali Baba, 3.6x Thief, 3.2x Priest, 2.4x Scrolls, 2x Dagger, 1.6x Emeralds, 1.4x Spell Book and finally 1.2x Pots. Wild Chests pay 15x same as the top symbol and your Magic Lamp is the scatter. You have in-play increasing multipliers for each win which are from the second winning action onward are 2x, 3x and 5x for 4 or more. These values can be increased by paying double your stake for the Win Booster and start at 2x for the first win, 5x for the second, 8x for the third and 21x for the fourth onward.
You need 3,4 or 5 scatters for 10,15 or 20 spins respectively with retriggers possible. Your enhancement is that now you get the same multipliers as you would have got in the base game had you used the Win Booster, described above i.e. up to 21x. If you were using the Win Booster when you triggered them, you will now get 5x for the first win, 12x second, 21x third and 50x for the fourth onward! We are told over 4,000x bet is possible here int his volatile bonus.
You cannot complain about the graphics, sounds and animations here at all, very good. The RTP is 96% or 96.50% if you play using the Win Booster. The base game can drain your balance a bit but often replenishes it with a decent hit with a high multiplier. The game is volatile and the free games can be hard to trigger but have huge potential. When push comes to shove, we are playing a variant of Netent's classic Gonzo's Quest here with higher variance, further cementing my statement in the intro regarding lack of originality from Microgaming and the associated studios who seem to be playing catch-up by copying established mechanics from elsewhere. That said, it is a decent slot but beware! as chasing Aliya's charms here can be quite expensive...