Bitesize Egyptian Slot
The world of online slot machines is saturated with games that draw upon inspiration from Ancient Egypt. There are all time classic video slots from IGT such as Cleopatra as well as some stunningly designed games with a modern twist like Egyptian Rise by Side City Studios. This particular effort by Merkur software also brings something a little bit different to the much loved genre, presenting just 4 reels instead of the customary 5 reels of a conventional video slot.
From a visual perspective, Fire of Egypt isn’t going to be competing with any of the top games from software studios like Microgaming, NetEnt or Betsoft. That is because the design of the reels is somewhat basic, making use of two dimensional cartoon images to present the various artefacts and relics on the reels with minimal animations. The images on the reels depict some of the typical props from any good Egyptian slot machine, such as the crook and flail and a papyrus reed fan. The video slot also features a the instantly recognisable busts of Nefertiti and Tutankhamun.
Stack Those Wins
Fans of retro slot machines will surely enjoy having a spin of this game. That is because Fire of Egypt has some high variance gameplay like most 3-reel classics, meaning that punters will need to exercise a good deal of patience before any wins come their way. One of the reasons that this high volatility slot machine tends to offer infrequent wins is because the game’s icons are prone to stack on the reels.
The up side of a slot machine with stacked symbols is that when a winning spin comes, it is likely that multiple paylines will be triggered at once. And with 25 paylines permanently in play, there is every likelihood that spinners will be on the receiving end of multi-line payouts as they play the game. The smallest bet that can be placed in Fire of Egypt is 0.05 credits while the maximum possible stake weighs in at 10.00 credits.
With the maximum bet in play, punters can hope to win up to 2,000 coins whenever four matching Tutankhamun icons appear on a payline. The reward for three of the same symbols is significantly lower at 80 coins. In fact, the general payout range for three matching icons is quite low across the paytable in comparison to the prize that is presented for finding four matching symbols.
You can see all of the possible wins in the following table:
|Symbol||Three on a payline||Four on a payline|
|Crook and flail||25x||50x|
Simple Side Games
Another way in which Fire of Egypt resembles a retro slot machine than a fully blown video slot is the fact that the game offers little in the way of special bonus features. There are no free spins and no wild icons to help you create winning combinations. That said, there are still some ways in which players can boost their prize hauls beyond the normal spinning action.
First of all, this online slot machine offers a x2 multiplier whenever a full house of letter symbols (J, Q, K, A) appears. That means you will effectively win a 5,000x line bet jackpot for finding all 12 reel positions filled with matching letters.
If you still don’t feel satisfied with the size of the prize, then you can try to boost the returns through one of the two gamble games featured in the slot machine. These gambling games are typical of most Merkur software slot machines, with one 50/50 card gamble game and a unique prize ladder gamble game.
Worth a Punt?
Fire of Egypt may not be the most impressive of slot machines from a visual perspective. And it is never going to excite spinners who are used to big bonus features and wins with every other spin. Nevertheless, this game does have its merits, notably the fact that it will tend to pay multiple wins at once to make up for the high volatility gameplay.