Arabian Nights is a real NetEnt classic that’s been drawing in players before some of their more modern designs were even conceived. Simple, yet rewarding, this 5-reels slot has been a favorite to many seasoned slot fans, some of which, you can say, even had their life changed by the game.
If the name doesn’t give you a hint, Arabian Nights is inspired by the classic Arabic collection of tales of the same name, or the One Thousand and One Nights, as some also call it. The Middle Eastern theme of the game is mostly evident in its visuals, which kind of remind you of Disney’s cartoons, while the audio is a simple background of crickets chirping. However, if you really like to re-live the rags-to-riches story of one its most famous heroes – Aladdin – there is also a progressive jackpot hiding among the reels.
Stepping Into the World
Before you go looking for riches, you should set up how much you want to spend per each spin and how many paylines you want activated. There’s a total of 10 paylines to be triggered and 10 bet levels, while the coin size is fixed to 0.5. Being an older game, you won’t find the auto play mode button among the main dashboard but in the bottom left, while the Max Bet button is right in the center, for when you want to transition from small to full bets in an instant.
When you start your adventure, be on the lookout for any symbols apart from the mosaic letters, which offer the lowest paying combinations. The highest paying regular symbol is the Sword, which will get you a payout of 2,000x for landing a combination of 5, while the rest of the folklore-inspired symbols offer similar prizes.
But when it comes to the minimum, your better option is any letter, as they pay better prizes for combinations of 3 matching symbols. And like in the majority of older videoslots, here the winning combo is paid out if it’s left-to-right only.
Ask Your Genie for a Jackpot
Unsurprisingly, where the real payouts lie in Arabian Nights is when you find the Lamp and Genie. The Lamp is the Scatter symbol in the game and if you get 3 or more of them you’ll trigger 15 Free Spins, during which any wins will be tripled, apart from jackpots. The Scatters also trigger different payouts, with 2 symbols awarding a 2x payout, while 5 will get you a 500x cash prize.
But if you want to hit the progressive, you will have to land 5 Genies on your reels to trigger the main jackpot. As a plus, the Genie is also a Wild that substitutes other symbols on the reels and doubles your wins, unless they were triggered only by a combination of Wilds. So, even if you don’t get all 5, you can still get decent prizes at the reels.
What’s the Verdict?
Arabian Nights won’t over-impress you with its graphics, gameplay, or even its extras. It’s a nicely designed slot with a classic theme that reminds you of playing a machine at a local casino, which is probably exactly what NetEnt were going for when they designed the game. And just like with any machine you want to sit behind when visiting a traditional casino, you mostly play Arabian Nights for the jackpot.