Arabian Nights Slot
Arabian Nights is a 5-reel, max 10-pay line progressive jackpot online slot from NetEnt. Way back in the midsts of time, before even 'Starburst' and 'Gonzo's Quest', the Swedish gaming software company NetEnt released mundane slots. To be fair, all gaming software companies released mundane slots at the time, as the software used – Shockwave – was not yet sophisticated enough to deal with enhanced graphics (including 3D effects), complex animations or bespoke side games. Here is a slot from this era (2005 to be exact) – Arabian Nights – that can still be played today.
The loose theme of this slot is 'Tales from the Thousand and One Nights' (also known as 'Arabian Nights') – a classic collection of Arabian tales as translated by Edward William Lane in the early 1900s – although editions of this volume had been around since the 1700s. Some of these tales you will have no doubt heard of, such as Aladdin and his rags-to-riches story of being locked in a cave then finding a genie dwelling in a magic lamp, and Sinbad the Sailor who undertook seven voyages in which he found endless wealth and other riches.
In this slot the only nods to these amazing tales are a magic lamp and a genie (or it may be a sultan, we're not quite sure). He is joined on the reels by a cutlass, a pair of pointy slippers, an Arabian tent, a fez, a camel and playing card values nine through to king. There are only ten lines in this slot but you can select as many as you want in play upon each spin. You can also choose your bet level from one to ten, and the size of your coin from 0.01 to 1.00. Your final bet-per-spin is these three items multiplied together. When you ready to climb aboard a magic carpet, hit the spin button.
Payout & bonus rounds
The lowest paying symbols in this game are the number nine and the number ten symbols. If you land three of either on an active pay line then you will win three coins. This game has a progressive jackpot, which is won by landing five of the genie/sultan chap. If the jackpot is currently below 10,000 then you win 10,000. If it's higher, then you win the jackpot amount.
The sultan/genie is also wild in this game and it substitutes for all other symbols aside from the scatter symbol. Any win containing a wild is doubled, unless the win contains only wild symbols.
The magic lamp symbol is the scatter symbol here, and if you land three or more scatters anywhere on the reels then you win fifteen free spins in which all pay outs are tripled (except jackpot wins).
If you're new to online slots then you might not quite believe that all online slots used to be about as sophisticated as this one. NetEnt have gone on to much bigger and much better things of course, but this was once a cutting-edge title. Nostalgia ain't what it used to be of course, but this is still a nice game to take out for a few spins if you like simpler slots. Just don't forget to try out NetEnt's more recent back catalogue!