Set in the golden age of Egypt, this Microgaming Wild Scarabs mobile slot is a fun easy to play low variance game.
Ancient Egyptian slot games are a dime a dozen, and this Wild Scarabs slot won’t change your opinion on this type of slot theme. You either love it, or hate it, or don’t care either way.
And whilst it’s well designed, it doesn’t stand out – you’ve got the scarab wild, amulets, Horus, Anubis and pretty gems. Still, as 243 ways to win Microgaming slot games go, it’s nice enough.
You can win 1,733 times your bet here – which is not a bad amount for a low variance machine. That in itself made us want to keep playing to see how it would happen.
And the way to do it is during the free spins, which you trigger with 3 scatters and get 10 bonus spins.
Any wild that pops up and doesn’t create a win, will be ‘collected’ and when 3 or more are stashed away, they will all be added to the reels for a guaranteed win.
Adding 5, 6 or more wilds on that Wild Scarabs free spin can really pay out generously, as they do in other similar games like Andy Capp for example.
Which is an odd thing to say, but think about it; you only collect wilds when you don’t win. So a little win during the free spins feels like a waste when you could be collecting wilds.
Even in the base game, the big wild feature only happens when you don’t get a win; the wild on reel 3 will add up to 4 additional wilds on a non-winning spin.
So it feels odd to be looking at these 5 reels and 3 rows of symbols hoping for no win so that one or the other of the bonus features will finally pay out.
And of course, because this is a low variance game, the opposite happens; you get lots of little wins all the time, making what should be a good bonus slot feature into a frustrating one.
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|Mobile Slot released||June 2018|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 243 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||3.72% / 96.28%|
|Coins range||0.01 - 0.20|
|Min/Max bet||0.20 / 60|
|Free spins||10 Free Spins / Extra Wilds|
|Bonus rounds||Wild, Scatters, Linked Wilds, Stashed Wilds|
|Slot Themes||Ancient Egypt|
Wilds: The scarab is the wild symbol (the title should have been your first clue). It can be sued to replace any other symbol on the reels.
Wild Deal: If you land a wild symbol on reel 3, and don't get a win, that wild will add anything from 2 to 4 extra wilds on screen, practically guaranteeing you a win.
Scatters and Free Spins: Get 3 or more scatters and you'll trigger 10 free spins.
Any wild symbol not used to create a win will be 'stashed' in a counter above the reels. You want to collect as many as you can, as when 3 or more wilds are collected they will be randomly distributed on the reels.
Over 10 spins you can expect this to happen maybe twice during a bonus round.
There's a lot to enjoy about this Wild Scarab mobile game.
Whilst the theme isn't revolutionary, it's a well done Egyptian game, and if that's what you like, you'll certainly find plenty of beautiful artefacts to gaze upon here.
The problems come from the fact that this low variance slot pays out little and often, but the way to get the big wins is by not getting any wins and letting the two big wild bonus features pop onto your screen.
Still, you can't deny that as an easy playing Microgaming game this has that 243 ways to win flare that make this studio provider a fan favourite with gamblers worldwide.
That said, if you like your Egyptian slot machines with a little more bite, then we'd recommend you check out Legacy of Egypt by Play'n GO instead.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 28, 2020 - Rating