Open Sesame! Set off on an enthralling, visually splendid Middle Eastern adventure with video slot Sahara Nights Slot, from Stockholm-based operator Yggdrasil Gaming. There are 20 Paylines here, plus a conventional 5×3 grid set-up, while the game is loosely based on the tale of Aladdin, the genie and the lamp.
True to its reputation, Yggdrasil has come up with a seriously appealing design here, incorporating rich colours and incredible detailing, all set to an orchestral score that’s perfect for this slot.
Enter the desert palace of the sultan, and marvel at the starry Arabian night sky in the background.
How to play
Spin away from a mere 20p a pop up to an extravagant £100 a go, on whatever device you wish.
Emblems on the reels encompass a quartet of lower-paying gemstones in blue, red, orange and green, plus more lucrative icons as depicted by daggers and goblets encrusted with jewels. Three character symbols represent the better-paying values, depicting the sultan, princess and Aladdin.
Of these, the highest payer is the sultan, shelling out 175x stake for five in a row. What’s more, you can score a win with just a couple of him, compared with the three you need for a win with the other symbols.
Sahara Nights Slot special features
The genie’s lamp serves as the Wild in Sahara Nights, as usual replacing all the regular icons.
There’s also a Scatter symbol, and it’s the storybook icon.
Sahara Nights Slot is not the most feature-rich slot ever made, but the features it does have are entertaining:
The Wild can expand to encompass an entire reel when part of a winning combo. Once this happens, it showcases what’s called a Genie Wild reel.
As you’d expect, this offers the greatest potential for some serious cash. Land three, four or five Scatters wherever you like on the reels to trigger this perk, and enjoy eight, a dozen or 16 freebies respectively, plus a 1,000x stake bonus payout for scooping all five.
Should a Genie Wild show up while this round is ongoing, it expands in the same way as during the main game. But it also sticks for as long as the bonus lasts.
Land three Wilds for two extra free goes.
Equally, you can relaunch this perk with two or more additional free whirls if you scoop a pair of Scatters. Three, four or five of them will award you eight, 12 or 16 additional free goes, with further payouts of up to 1,000x stake as before.
With no progressive jackpot, the maximum win (with the default maximum bet) is €306,800. Plus you can win up to 20,000 coins in free spins.
Return to Player (RTP)
Expect Sahara Nights Slots to be mid-level volatility, with a maximum RTP or Return to Player of 96.2%.
There’s no denying the incredible looks of this game, although if you like a super-speedy pace coupled with humungous winning potentially, you may just need to look elsewhere.
Equally, the roll-call of this game’s extra features is not that extensive, and one or two reviewers felt the game didn’t match its initial promise.
But dust off your magic carpet and head east in search of gold – and to see for yourself if it stirs your inner genie!