The Egyptian Description
Boasting more volatility than the average Big Time Gaming slot, Queen of Riches is not for the faint hearted or those cursed with shallow pockets. If you’ve got the credits to sink into it though this game soon starts to get interesting, especially once expanding wilds come into play. The game features an RTP of 96.9% and has been designed to work on mobile as well as desktop, just like Big Time Gaming’s other releases. The Australian developer is savvy when it comes to cross platform compatibility.
Ancient Treasure, Modern Pleasure
Although technically a 5-reel slot, Queen of Riches has an additional row that really comes into its own when the wilds kick in. You can debate whether the reels are contained within a 5×7 or 6×7 layout, but whatever the case, there’s certainly a lot going on in this aureate game where almost everything is coloured gold. Apparently there are 117,649 ways to win, though don’t try and verify this unless you’ve got a serious amount of time on your hands. It might be simpler just to take Big Time Gaming’s word on that one.
The stake per line can be set between 0.20 and 40.00 and there’s an autoplay option available. Otherwise, there’s not much else to say in terms of controls: when you’re ready to rumble, hit the green spin button and off you go. The symbols that you’ll be greeted with on the paylines start with playing card values such as 9, 10, J, Q, K and A before rising to include various Egyptian symbols. If you’ve ever played an ancient Egyptian themed slot you’ll be familiar with these symbols which include a scarab beetle, the sun god Ra and a green Eye of Horus.
So Many Ways to Win
There might be close to 120,000 ways to win, but by the same argument, there must be 120,000 ways to lose. If you’re to profit from Queen of Riches, landing wilds on reels two to six is a good place to start. When the Queen of Riches appears as a stacked wild she will occupy all seven positions on the reel. Any wins that are generated with the aid of the stacked wild will be treated to a 7x multiplier. Land two wilds on one payline and they’ll be multiplied by one another, resulting in a possible 49x award.
Don’t Stare at the Sun God
Although not exactly crammed with features, there are one or two bonuses that will liven up the relentless reel spinning in Queen of Riches. The Reel Clone feature is the one you’re likely to encounter most. It can appear randomly at any time and when it does, it will turn anywhere between two and six reels into matching symbols. If this happens with one of the wilds, you’re laughing.
If you like Queen of Riches, its stacked wilds in particular, you might enjoy Starquest, another Big Time Gaming release. Alternatively, Lucky Twins by Microgaming and Funky Monkey by the same company share similar characteristics. Expanding wilds certainly aren’t unique to Queen of Riches, but they’re well executed in the game and add some visual flair and detail that livens things up.
Old Style Queen
Queen of Riches is a slot that doesn’t offer anything new in terms of features or theme but it’s still a smooth game in operation and one that it’s easy to get into. It would be great if there were more features, but that aside, Queen of Riches is a reasonable slot, one that’s better than most Egyptian themed slots at least.