We’re back in Ancient Egypt for this slot from Novomatic and that’s a popular location for that company and a few other slot designers too. This was released in 2013 and although its theme isn’t exactly original and the title might give you a little giggle it still gives you the chance to get some good winning combinations particularly in the free spins bonus round.
The ‘Pharaoh’s Ring’ video slot has a total of 20 pay-lines on its five reels and three rows of basic looking symbols. Those 20 pay-lines aren’t fixed so it’s important for you to sit down and work out just how many to activate for each spin of the reels. The minimum amount you can spend on one spin with all the pay-lines in play is just 0.25, ideal if you have a low limit. For those with a bit more cash they can afford to gamble the maximum amount you can wager on a single spin is 100.
Responsible gambling is so important and before you can play this game, there’s the Reality Check Interval to complete. It’s just a case of setting a time after which the game is suspended and the punter is shown how they have been getting on financially. Then there’s the choice whether to quit playing or carry on spinning those reels.
It’s a little disappointing that there’s no sign of Egypt in the background in this slot with software by Novomatic. A bit more work has been carried out on the actual symbols for the game. They aren’t that original though and are the usual suspects for a game with an Egyptian theme. We get the scarab beetle, Bast who’s the Egyptian cat god, a winged goddess, and the Pharaoh. Five Pharaoh symbols on an activated pay-line will win you 5000 coins. We also get the Ten to Ace playing card symbols that provide you with the lower paying wins. When a win does come along there’s some animation.
It’s the Pharaoh’s Ring that is the wild symbol in this game. It can substitute for other symbols to get you some winning combinations but not the scatter symbol which is the book or the special expanding symbol which appears in the free spins round but it’s still a very useful symbol. Extra bets can be activated when playing this game. When you do this the ring symbol becomes a wild symbol increasing your chance of getting some wins if appearing on the second or fourth reels.
To trigger the free spins round in this Egyptian themed slot you need to get at least three of the scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. This wins you a total of ten free spins and it’s time to meet the expanding symbol. Before the free spins round begins one symbol is chosen to be the expanding symbol. When that chosen symbol appears during the free spins round it will expand to cover the whole reel or even multiple reels if your luck is really in Add on the fact there are more wild symbols on the reels and the chances of winning combinations are greatly increased in this high variance game.
This game also gives you the chance to gamble wins you get in the base game. The gamble feature isn’t compulsory but if you go for it then it’s playing cards time with the control button to the left of the reels. Correctly guess what the colour of the next playing card is and that win is doubled. Even better you can have up to four more guesses and keep doubling your win. Trouble is a wrong guess sees all your win wiped out so don’t use this too much and try to keep wins secure.
There’s a fair amount going on in this slot game so a bit of research is needed before you play for real money. Have a few free Pharaoh’s Ring slot games to see how the Extra Bet, free spins, and gamble features all work out. A good look at the paytable will give more information on the game rules.
There are other video slots that have similar gameplay to ‘Pharaoh’s Ring.’ For example, you can test out the Microgaming slot game ‘Reel Baron’ which also has 20 pay-lines and a free spins round with a wild symbol that appears on all its reels. There’s also the Novomatic slot ‘Rex’ which has an extra five pay-lines but offers players a free spins round which also sees extra wilds added to the reels which expand.
An interesting game for sure with plenty of reasons for you to add it to your play list. There are plenty of chances to get some good wins with lots of help from the wild symbol, expanding symbols and Extra Bet. The theme could have been better adhered to but it’s still one to play.