From the image below, you can see the screen is divided into 4 country quadrants that come into play during the bonus round. If you want to use Autoplay, spin manually, or adjust your bet, you will find all of those controls directly below the reels. The Autospin, spin speed, and sound options are located in a slide-out menu, along with the paytable.
The titular character, Aldo, appears on a golden W tile, his role will become clear as we explore the game further.
Aldo is a wandering wild symbol that stands in for all regular symbols and shifts to a random position on the reels with every spin. When he lands on the tile at the centre of the grid, 3 to 9 regular wild symbols will be added to the reels and a multiplier of 2x to 4x will be applied to any wins you get.
If 3 of the compass scatter symbols appear on the same spin, you will be awarded 7 free spins. The 4 quadrants of the game’s background image represent Italy, Mongolia, Persia, and China. The quadrant that Aldo is in when the bonus round activates determines which version of free spins you will play.
In Italy free spins, you start with a 2x multiplier that increases by +1 with every spin. During the Mongolia free spins round, one type of symbol will be removed from the reels with each spin, and when only 2 symbol types are left, a multiplier will be applied to any further wins. The Persia free spins variant will add a sticky wild to the reels for every spin and if you trigger China free spins, you will be helped by Aldo who throws out a line of wilds across the reels with every spin, with an added 2x multiplier for all wins.
If Aldo is in the centre position when the bonus round is triggered, you will activate Journey free spins, where you get an extra 3 free spins, a 2x multiplier, and are launched into one of the four free spins modes.
If Aldo lands on the centre position and triggers Wild Time during the four main free spins modes, the multiplier he generates will remain for the duration of the feature. If wild time I activated during Journey free spins, you will get an extra 3 free spins.
Aldo’s Journey awakened the wanderlust in me with its charming graphics and travel-themed gameplay. I was delighted by the effort that Yggdrasil put in to make this an interesting experience that has plenty of replayability value if you want to trigger all 5 free spins modes. The top possible prize of $420,500 is an excellent incentive to play, but if just going around the world isn’t enough for you, fly into space in Max Damage or travel to other dimensions in Stellar Portals.
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