ALL ABOUT AURORA BEAST HUNTER SLOT
Long time Microgaming partner, Just For The Win, have a mixed bag of games in their back catalogue. Whilst we get on with Goldwyn’s Fairies and Deco Diamonds, games like Rainbrew and Side Winder just seemed plain weird to us! Aurora Beast Hunter is another slot that will probably split opinion, partly because of the off-kilter reel set the game plays out on, but also because of the retro-sci fi alien theme it’s using. There’s a lot of the old-skool video game about this one, which looks to our eyes pretty cool, but we’re not sure everyone will get it. What most will like though is the ton of features that come into play throughout the base game and bonus round, including wilds that expand and stick, and a choice of volatility for your free spins where wins of up to 5,000x are possible.
GAME SET-UP, SYMBOLS AND GRAPHICS
The narrative behind this slot tells us about a super-heroine called Aurora who must repel some giant worms that appear to be endangering whatever planet she is on – that could be a southern American desert or some other-worldly planet the action takes place on – who knows? Anyway, she is a kind of Lara Croft with laser gun and looks pretty up to the task. The reels themselves are five in total, with a pattern of 3, 4, 3, 4, 3 rows across them, and 40 active paylines in play at all times.
The low value symbols are represented by the cards, 9 through to Ace, whilst the high value ones are various fighting items, including guns, stars and num-chuks. The top premium is Aurora who pays out 12.5x for five on a payline. There are Wilds on the reels too which can sub for all other symbols. They also stack and stick to boost the win potential. And for the free spins round look for the truck scatters that trigger the bonus when three or more land simultaneously.
AURORA SLOT RTP, VARIANCE AND PAYOUTS
This is a high variance slot and one that will appeal to those who like their gameplay to come with a lot of risk. It means your wins may be infrequent, but when they come they can be high value and in short, rewarding bursts. So be ready for that, and if you prefer more slow paced gaming, then you might want to look elsewhere. The RTP is a decent 96.27% and spins start from just 10p per play.
GAMEPLAY AND FEATURES
Aurora is all about the free spins and the wilds.
The wilds themselves perform the basic function of subbing for other symbols to form paylines, but they also come in stacks or sticky, or both stacked and sticky! During the game there are also additional features that can be applied at random after a spin: random cash prizes, random wilds added to the reels, and sticky wild stacks with re-spins. The latter is particularly good as it gives a free spin with one row showing fully wild.
The free spins round is triggered by landing three or more truck scatters on reels 1, 3 and 5. There are three formats of the bonus round to choose from, each with its own variance setting and reel enhancements:
- Sandstorm Free Spins – 12 spins at low variance with a top payout of 2,000x. Stacked wilds are in play throughout.
- Danger Zone Free Spins – 8 spins at medium variance with random wilds added to the reels before each spin. Top payout here is 3,000x.
- The Sub Free Spins – 5 spins at high variance. Sticky wild stacks feature in this round and give an extra spin when they land. Top payout in The Sub is 5,000x.
Aurora Beast Hunter looks like it could be a bit of a grower. At first site the graphics might put some off but the gameplay and in particular the free spins rounds are intriguing. It’s always nice to have a choice of variance so you can set your expectation level for the bonus round, and those who like their action high risk will be enticed by the prospect of The Sub. It will be a wild ride for sure, so grab your laser gun and get ready to burn some beasts in this one. Good luck, and gamble responsibly.