Golden (And) Brown Layout
This has one of the neatest, most organised background images you’ll see. Fitting for a culture that was known for its mathematic precision when building such majestic pyramids. The hieroglyphics take up about 80% of the screen, with the reels within them. Either side of the screen there is an intricately designed column, with subtle visual differences between the two.
The title of the game is on the top part on the left-hand side. This is because the reels increase in size going from left to right. Certainly, very unique. As is the fact this is a slot with 6 reels. Beginning at 2 boxes on the first reel, it goes up to 7 on the last one. All the buttons are located beneath them on the light brown floor, with the action buttons being light green and grey coloured the credit information ones. Mixed with this order is the serene instrumental music with spiritual sounds that really do set the mood.
Signs of the Egyptian Times
There are 64 paylines which can’t be changed. While that may seem rigid, it means you’ll always have plenty of chances to win. The flexibility comes from being able to bet 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04, 0.05, 0.07, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25, 0.40, 0.50, 1.00, 2.00, 3.00 or 5.00 Euros on each line. If you want to head straight to the upper limit, there is a Max Bet button worth €100.
You can also use the automatic system, by using Auto Game for either 50, 100, 500 or 999 spins. The normal speed is far from slow, but you can also speed the game up by putting it on an extra fast setting if you like. You are able to translate the game to Russian if you wish. The winnings show up in big gold letters and a red outline across the main screen.
If you’re not too familiar with your Ancient Egypt, you’ll definitely have to check what some of these symbols are. The themed ones are so elegant and full of meaning it will be worth it. There are only 8 regular symbols, 4 of which are Ace, King, Queen and Jack.
The goddess of Maat (a symbol of truth) is top of the pile and worth a maximum of 300 euros with the Ankr (representing eternal life) second. The Akhet is third (displaying the horizon) and fourth is the Eye of Ra, which symbolises the living and dead. Rather neatly, the Ace is blue, the King is orange, the Queen is yellow and the Jack is green, with the background colours of the equivalent value Egyptian symbol.
Spinning for Winning
The Wildcard is a pharaoh bird which substitutes for all cards except for the Scatter. As well as this, it has a value of 100, 150, 350 or 500 Euros depending if you get 3, 4, 5 or 6 of them. The Scatter is a wild dog symbol that gives out 6, 8 or 12 free spins. During this process, you’ll notice that the reels actually reverse and the higher reels are on the left. It’s a neat trick. As you have no control over the spins, it makes no difference if you are playing automatically.
It’s a little disappointing that during these free spins you can’t get extra ones. However, with each spin 2 random reels are fully filled with Wildcards.
There isn’t a Bonus Game. It works differently here as instead there is a list of achievements for you to gain. These are displayed in two columns. On the left-hand side are triggering the Free Spins 12 times, making 5 spins that will bring you winnings on all bet lines at the same time and winning 3 consecutive times in the main game.
On the right, it explains how you need to get 50 total bets in one spin, get a double wild (reels 1 and 2) and obtaining the maximum winnings for 5 symbols. You’ll get 12 added spins for achieving this. Bonus free spins are available each time.
There are plenty of games on Ancient Egypt but this has its own take on it. While the layout and icons are undoubtedly in keeping with tradition, the gameplay is one of a kind. While there are those who will miss the bonus game and lack of a high jackpot, the list of achievements does mean it rewards more dedicated players. Fitting for a game that has such a timeless setting.