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Aldo's Journey slot review

Added by Yggdrasil. Information last updated: 15/04/2021

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3.8 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:Yggdrasil

Release date:11/2019

RTP:96.1%

Volatility:Medium

Max. win:bet x 4205

Mobile version:Yes

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Multiplier

Freespins

Stacked wilds

Random wilds

Wilds

Themes

History

Travel

Riches & luxury

3D

Cute & cuddly

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RTP (Return to player):
96.1%
Volatility:
Medium
Max. win:
bet x 4205

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
58
Yggdrasil score (compared to other slots of supplier)
29
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Slot tester's review: Trystan Michielsen

Slot tested

Aldo’s Journey has us follow a man named Aldo as he journeys around the world and around the playing field, exploring Wilds, Multipliers, Stacked Wilds and Free Spin as he goes. In a colourful world, we’re sure to see a lot of interesting things!

This slot with its non-standard 5-reel, 6-row playing field was developed and released by Yggdrasil in 2019. Even though the game looks quite unique it still plates much like the regular slots most of us know. The excellent design does a lot to make us more familiar with the gameplay as it goes. There are a sizeable 65 paylines with which to win, and these are all filled with great-looking symbols.

The designers of Aldo’s Journey decided to go for a little simpler designs, given that there is a lot happening on the screen at all times. There are basically gems and slabs that make up the high- and low-paying symbols respectively. At the same time, we see a top-down view of what seems to be a portion of the world with both Asian, Egyptian and European buildings.

There is a lot of movement in this slot, not only because Aldo is literally hopping around the playing field. There are also trees rustling in the wind, flags moving and ships bobbing in the water. At the start, my eyes were darting all over the place but as I played for longer I calmed down a little and was able to focus on the gameplay.

Symbols

The slot has a number of original symbols but that doesn’t mean they’re terribly innovative. The low-paying slabs simply have different card suits stamped on them, while the high-paying ones are colourful gems. The use of colour here really helps in spotting wins and paylines. Only the Free Spins symbol was really animated, as a compass that spins its needle around.

Activating the Free Spins mode sends us into a close-up location on the world, and depending on which place we go to a different bonus feature is activated. More on that later. With the game’s Medium Volatility, players can expect more spaced out wins without having to wait for the Free Spins to actually get some coins. Instead, I felt like the Free Spins mode was just a better way of getting wins than the base game.

There are a number of symbols used in Aldo’s Journey, which are:

  • Compass (Free Spins): Get 3 Free Spins on the screen to activate the Free Spins mode.
  • Wild: Wilds substitute all other symbols in the game except the Compass.
  • Red Gem: Max. 2x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Green Gem: Max. 2x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Blue Gem: Max. 2x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Pink Gem: Max. 2x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Heart Slab: Max. 1x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Diamond Slab: Max. 1x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Club Slab: Max. 1x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Spade Slab: Max. 1x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.

Even though the payouts for win lines are very low, the larger playing field and some special features help in creating multiple wins almost every spin. I found that the win to loss ratio during the base game was pretty steady with only the occasional dip below my starting funds. Those were then compensated for by triggering a Free Spins mode.

Features

Aldo’s Journey has a collection of interesting features that are worth discussing:

  • Wilds: Wilds substitute all regular symbols in the game.
  • Free Spins: Get 3 Free Spins on the screen to activate the Free Spins mode with 7 spins.
  • Multiplier: Depending on the area where the Free Spins take place, there is the possibility of activating a multiplier during this mode.

The base game is rather simple but it is good to note that the character Aldo is seen hopping around the playing field. He acts as a Wild and thus can help to create wins. He is also used to determine which area is activated when Free Spins symbols appear. Depending on the quarter he is standing in, that area will host the Free Spins.

If Aldo stands in the centre of the playing field, he activates the Wild Time feature. What this does depends on the mode:

  • In the base game: Between 3 and 9 Random Wilds are added to the screen and a 2x or 4x multiplier is applied to any wins that spin.
  • During the Free Spins mode: Between 3 and 9 Random Wilds are added to the screen for 1 Free Spin. It also adds a 1x, 2x or 3x multiplier to the multiplier counter for the entire Free Spins session.

There are four areas in the game and depending on the location of Aldo when 3 Free Spins symbols appear, one of them activates. Each area has its own addition to the Free Spins mode:

  • Italy: Start with a 2x multiplier and increase by 1x for every spin.
  • Mongolia: One type of symbol is removed from the reels every spin. If there are only 2 symbols left a 1x multiplier is added.
  • Persia: 1 Sticky Wild is added to the playing field with every spin.
  • China: Aldo adds a line of wilds from himself every spin. These can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal.

This might seem like a lot but the game shows a quick splash screen with an explanation for the location before the Free Spins start. I thought it was a fun addition to the game but clearly, there are better and worse areas. Unfortunately, there is no way to influence which one will activate.

In Conclusion

Aldo’s Journey is a great fit for the Yggdrasil library in how it is not like other regular slots. It’s not too out there as some other games they have made but it still offers a load of changes to the classic experience. More than enough to turn away more traditional players I think, but many more should be excited to play this game.

The gameplay is quick and fun with something happening every spin even though it’s not always a win. Aldo jumping around the screen adds a level of excitement that most other games can’t offer. It also looks great as always, with a lot of character in the setting even when the symbols are rather simple.

Players can pick a bet between $0.10 and $100 per spin to tweak the experience to their liking, with a respectable max. win of 4,205x your bet to look forward to. The free spins mode with its 4 locations was the cherry on top, offering a lot of replay value just to see how the different features perform and which one is best!

Overall rating:

3.8

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  • Features

    Wins and bets

    RTP (Return to Player):96.1%

    Volatility:Medium

    Max. win:bet x 4205

    Min. bet:C$0.1

    Max. bet:C$100

    Progressive jackpot:

    Reels & playlines

    Reels:5

    Rows:5

    Non-standard layout:

    Max. lines:65

    Min. lines:65

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    Languages

    You can play Aldo's Journey in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 18 other languages.

    All supported languages:
    English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Turkish, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Chinese

    Currencies

    Aldo's Journey supports GBP, EUR, USD, CAD

    Stats

    Release date 11/2019
    45th newest on Yggdrasil 594th newest on Bojoko
    RTP 96.1% 0.23% > average
    70th highest on Yggdrasil 1,191st highest on Bojoko
    Win up to 4205 x your bet
    60th highest on Yggdrasil 926th highest on Bojoko
    Paylines 65 225% > average
    34th highest on Yggdrasil 429th highest on Bojoko
    Min bet C$0.1 per spin
    6th lowest on Yggdrasil 484th lowest on Bojoko
    Max bet C$100 per spin
    37th highest on Yggdrasil 674th highest on Bojoko
    Rated 0 by 0 members
    The most rated on Yggdrasil 40th most rated on Bojoko
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    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen

    I've been playing videoslots for almost 10 years and been a professional reviewer for over 5. I look at slots not just as a writer but also as a player, hoping to help others find their perfect slot.

    I also enjoy movies, books and travel so any slots with those topics usually have my preference. But in general I'll play everything!

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    Game supplier:Yggdrasil

    Release date:11/2019

    RTP (Return to player):96.1%

    Max. win:bet x 4205

    Mobile version:Yes

    User rating: 0
    Tester rating: 3.8

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