About This Slot
You probably know the story of Ali Baba and the Fourty Thieves. It’s one that has been used before in online slots, most memorably in the Genie Jackpots series of games. Here, Ali Baba’s slave girl, Morgiana plays an important part too. The original Ali Baba’s Luck came out in 2020 and was a fairly straight-forward slot with a beautifully designed reel set against a night sky. The same reel set is in evidence here, just with a Megaways™ grid instead of a standard one.
The win ways max out at 15,625 so Ali Baba’s Luck doesn’t offer as much as the standard 117,649 paylines but it does come with a couple of variations – expanding symbols that behave like those in the Book of series of slots for one spin in the base game and throughout the bonus round. Megaways™ fans will also note that this is one of the few games in that group that doesn’t offer Cascading Wins.
RTP, Variance and Top Payout
Ok, no question here that we are dealing with a high variance game, and we’d expect nothing less. Wins in the base game are fairly irregular and really is the free spins round that you should be aiming for if you want to get near that top payout of over 20,000x. The fully-expanded reel set gives you 15,625 paylines from a max of 5 rows on each and the RTP is set to a pretty average 96.09%.
Symbols and Paytable
The symbols here are the same as those in the original 10 payline version of this game. Low value icons are represented by 10-A playing cards, which deliver from 1x to 1.2x times the bet for six of a kind.
The gold ring and the green-gold pot are among premium symbols and pay 3x for the maximum combination. Finally, we have Morgiana and Ali Baba, which will get you 8x and 25x respectively.
Unfortunately, there are no Wilds on the offer in this slot but there are treasure chests that represent the scatter and are all important to unlock the Dream Spins round.
Gameplay and Features
Ali Baba’s Megaways™ is a little light on features compared to some of Big Time Gaming’s slots for example. However, what is there does a good job of spicing up the gameplay. Here’s how it works:
Expanding Symbol Feature
Every time you land a win, the Expanding Symbol feature will be triggered. Above the main reel set you will see one row containing each of the paytable symbols. When you score a win, the corresponding symbol that made the win will light up gold in that top row and perform differently on the following spin.
Gold symbols will expand and cover entire reels if there is a possibility to land a win. They also pay like Scatters – i.e. they do not have to be next to each other on the reels to produce payouts.
In the base game golds only last for one spin. Remember also that two or more can be active at one time so this is a potentially valuable feature.
Dream Spins Feature
The Dream Spins feature is triggered when three treasure chest Scatters land on the reels.
First there is a Wheel Spin feature which determines how many free spins are awarded. Up to 16 free plays can be obtained from the wheel, but that is not all. Every extra Scatter landed on the triggering spin adds further 4 spins to your total.
The Expanding Symbol feature is also active during free spins, but it is enhanced because gold symbols remain that way for the duration of the round rather than re-setting after one spin. It’s possible, but unlikely, that you would turn ALL symbols into gold ones.
There is no limit on how many spins you can claim in the bonus round.
Visually speaking, the original Ali Baba’s Luck and the Megaways version are almost identical, but there are differences when it comes to max win and RTP. The Megaways version has a better RTP and the top payout is way higher than in the original game, which offers just a 5,000x stake. Overall, this is neither as feature-packed nor as high paying as some of the other expanding reels games on the market, but it’s simplified gameplay and warm graphics make a nice change from some of the more frenetic games in the series.