Travel deep into the desert to find the Sultan’s palace on the slot from Yggdrasil Gaming. Sahara Nights comes with all attributes of an oriental-themed game including a beautiful but as usual unhappy princess, a grim sultan as her father and a magic oil lamp from where the genie will escape. Rub the lamp right and he will appear to turn an entire reel wild while a magic tome will grant you access to the free spins with sticky expanded wilds that can lead to wins of up to 3,068 times your bet.
Sahara Nights is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 20 fixed pay lines. Wins are awarded for two to five matching symbols on a line from left to right only. You can visit the Sultan’s palace on desktop or mobile from 0.20 to 100 credits per spin. The game has medium volatility with an RTP of 96.20%.
Loading the game will see you entering the sultan’s palace on a star-filled night with plush seating arrangements on each side of the richly ornamented game window. The theme is loosely aligned with the fabled folk tale Aladdin with all main characters as well as the lamp-escaping genie making an appearance on the reels.
The pay symbols start at the low end with four gems arrangements in orange, green, blue and red colours, awarding 2x your bet for a single five of a kind. They are followed by goblets, traditional Arabic daggers as well as Aladdin, the princess and the Sultan. Hit five on a line to win 10x to 175x your stake. Unfortunately, the high-value symbols do not appear stacked, hence, it is not possible to hit a full screen.
A traditional oil lamp is the wild symbol, appearing on reels two, three and four only and substituting for all regular pay symbols. The genie will emerge from the lamp when it lands on a spin and expands to turn the entire reel into a wild. A magic book acts as the scatter.
The slot is a rather simple affair compared to other games from Yggdrasil. Apart from the expanding wilds, there is only a free spins feature to report. Hit three, four or five scatters anywhere on the reels in one spin to trigger 8, 12 and 16 free spins respectively. Plus, you’ll get a pay of 1x, 10x and 1,000x time your bet. Retriggers are awarded when you land two, three, four or five scatters during the feature, giving you 2, 8, 12 and 16 extra free spins on each occasion as well as the respective coin wins.
Once in the free spins, look out for the magic lamp wilds on the centre reels as the genie will escape again and expand to turn the reel into a sticky wild, which will be locked in place for the remaining round. You will also get +2 free spins when you manage to turn all three middle reels into sticky wilds.
Sahara Nights is a beautifully designed slot but will most probably not appeal to the hardcore slot players. For that, it lacks another twist like a multiplier in the free spins or a random feature. Plus, the win potential is a tad too low but it will be good enough for regular hits in the 200x to 500x bet region. Not to forget the 1,000x bet win for hitting five scatters.