Head into the Ancient Egypt mobile slot for a tale you’ve heard before, and a game you’ve played before, but is still wonderfully familiar.
You know what is one of the most famous slots of all time? Book of Ra Deluxe from Novomatic. It’s in every brick and mortar casino, and it’s immensely popular.
You know which is a great newcomer online who have used that popularity by creating a slot that is almost identical but can be played worldwide at online casinos? Book of Dead by Play’n GO.
Now guess what this Ancient Egypt slot tries to do? First three guesses don’t count.
This is a familiar tale; you have 5 reels and 3 rows video slot with 10 paylines.
All the symbols are generic Ancient Egypt themed, except instead of using hieroglyphics, they use high card symbols – so even lazier than most.
There is nothing wrong with the theme, this is all about the golden scarab scatter that also acts like a wild symbol.
3 scarabs will trigger a mini-game where you get to pick from three treasure chest.
You can find low wins, high wins, or the free spins – nothing but the free spins are really worthwhile, and where you can find 5,000 times your bet.
The high wins can be as much as 500 times your bet, but generally, you are lucky to get 10x your bet.
But during the 10 free spins games, this Ancient Egypt online slot shines, as one symbol is picked to act as an expanding scatter symbols.
As we’d expect; it worked well for the Novomatic slot machines, because it’s exciting.
It’s amazing seeing your symbol appear on multiple reels, then expand to cover the reel and get paid handsomely for it.
The problem is that whilst this is more forgiving than other deluxe slots like Book of Ra 6, it can still be slow going before you hit the free spins.
Other than the generic theme, the main problem is that triggering the bonus feature isn’t the same thing as triggering the free spins.
Meaning you can sacrifice a lot, just to get 1x or 10x your bet, rather than the cash-rich free spins.
Honestly, we’d probably choose the higher variance Play’n GO slots instead – at least then the bonus games are always exciting.
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|Mobile Slot released||February 2018|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 10 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||3.87% / 96.13%|
|Coins range||0.01 - 0.50|
|Min/Max bet||0.10 / 50|
|Free spins||10 Free Spins / Expanding Symbols|
|Bonus rounds||Free Spins, Instant Win Rewards, Expanding Symbols, Scatters|
|Slot Themes||Ancient Egypt|
Wilds and Scatters: The golden scarab symbol is the wild symbol. But because it also acts like the scatter, and three triggers the slot bonus, don't expect to see more than one or two in your base game spin.
The Bonus Games: Get 3 golden scarabs on screen and you'll trigger the bonus game.
You have to choose between three treasure chests:
The 10 free spins are clearly the best slot feature to win as one symbol will be chosen to expand to cover the reels, whenever it shows up.
It also pays like a scatter, so if you get reel 1, 2 and 3 covered by an expanding symbol, you get 10 three of a kind win on that symbol.
We might be proven wrong in the wrong run, but we think that this Ancient Egypt slot on mobile won't capture the imagination like Book of Dead, or even the original Book of Ra phone game.
The reason is that whilst they stay true to what makes these Egyptian slots exciting, adding those instant cash bonuses just slow what is already a pretty slow game.
Don't get us wrong; the free spins are exciting with the expanding symbol wins giving you potentially huge wins.
But it's just not quite as good as the original, or the copies that came after.
Still, if you are looking for a change and a volatile slot, there's plenty to love in this Pragmatic Play Android slot.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: June 6, 2019 - Rating