Released: April 2017
Free Spins: Yes
Scatter symbol: Yes
Of the countless slot games that there are out there, the theme of Ancient Egypt runs through quite a lot of them. Barcrest aims to bring forth another in this Legend of the Pharaohs offering. At first glance, the slot doesn’t really offer up anything different to plenty of other online slots with this theme. It’s very clear from the offset that you’re meant to feel like you’re in Egypt, thanks to the icons and the temple columns surrounding the reels. Of course, this doesn’t really say so much about the inclusive gameplay. It’s just that, from the first impression, it seems as though this one could get lost in the shuffle of the numerous other Egyptian slot games. However, don’t let that dissuade you from spinning its reels. There are still some special features and impressive enough gameplay to provide continuous entertainment. So, let’s find out what those features are.
Walk Like an Egyptian
The overall layout of the slot provides a familiar enough interface. There are five reels on display and accompanying them are three rows. So far, so good. It is these reels that play host to the various different symbols in the slot, which start with the often seen playing card icons. Therefore, you’ll get to spin through the yellow 10, the blue J, the green Q, the purple K and the red A. Of course, together these provide the lowest paying icons to the slot. The remaining additions are all a lot more relative to the overall theme. There’s the ankh symbol and the Eye of Horus as another. Alongside these, you will also get to see icons of the scarab beetle and one of Horus himself. Together, these symbols make up the higher paying icons of Legend of the Pharaohs.
As well as providing gamers with an appealing layout and impressive icons, you will find that there are a total of 20 different win lines in the game. These are all set in place, so you cannot customise them in any sort of way. However, you do have the chance to change around the value of the wager that you place per spin. This is easily done. Just use the plus and minus buttons on either side of the ‘Stake/Line’ section. Doing so will allow you to select a wager that is anywhere between the minimum of £0.20 per spin and £500 per spin. An Autoplay feature is also present for you to make use of as you choose. This can set the reels off spinning several consecutive times at the same bet level.
Bow Down to the Pharaohs
It’s fairly common for developers to overlook special features when a game with such a common theme is being made. Fortunately, Barcrest has chosen to add one or two extras for you to play through to this game. The first of these additions is present in the form of the wild icon. Whenever this comes into view on the reels, it will substitute for all others in order to form a winning combination. The only exception to this substitution rule is the game’s scatter icon. This one can be pivotal in helping you to form big wins while spinning.
As well as the wild icon, the game contains its very own scatter symbol. This comes in the form of the pyramid with a red orb at its peak. Scatters are able to provide pay outs wherever they show up on the reels. You’ll need to make three of more of these show up in order to activate the free spins round of the game. The possibilities for this feature depend upon the amount of scatter icons in view. If three of them show up, you’ll receive 10 free spins with a single bonus perk active. Four of them provide you with 10 free spins and two bonus perks. Meanwhile, you’ll receive 10 free spins with three bonus perks is five scatter icons appear anywhere.
The bonus perks that the game contains are present in the form of the following:
- Colossal Symbols. This sees a single symbol be randomly chosen to transform into a 3×3 icon. This can, of course, cover nine positions on the three middle reels. It will remain in place for the entire freespins round, or if another bonus feature becomes active.
- Win Eliminators. This removes the lower paying icons from the reel. Up to five of them can be out of play for the freespins round.
- Wild Reels. The wild icon will turn into a will reel for the duration of the freespins feature.
- Extra Wild Symbol. This randomly selects one of the standard icons to turn into a wild for the freespins round.
A Big Bet feature can also be brought into action during this game. This gives you the chance to set the reels off spinning with a larger than standard wager. There are options for a £20, £30, £40 and £50 big bet. And each of these wagers comes with its own special feature, including larger wins and freespin perks.
The Final Word
We can’t say that Legend of the Pharaohs provides gamers with anything especially novel. However, we can make the claim that it incorporates some intriguing special features instead. Barcrest don’t incorporate anything overwhelming in terms of graphics into this slot. However, everything merges together to offer up a decent and welcoming game.