Ancient Egypt

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A Book of Ra alternative

It’s not usually so common for slot developers to be so direct and definitive with the titles of their online games. However, Pragmatic Play thought it would get straight to the point by naming this release exactly by its theme – Ancient Egypt.

It’s a game that was released in the early part of 2018, so it has been injected with some wonderful graphics and gameplay as befits this developer. Obviously, as part of the overall theme, you get to travel back in time to the lands of Ancient Egypt, and this is a genre of slot that exists in abundance.

So, the real question about this one from Pragmatic Play is whether or not it does anything different compared to Book of Ra Deluxe.

Ancient Egypt plays out on a five-reel, three-row layout, which is quite the standard setup for online slots. Alongside this, the developer has added 10 paylines to the game, which are all fixed in position.

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You’ve got the ability to change your bet around easily enough though, which is done with the + and – buttons at either side of the Spin button. Using these, you can first choose a coin value between €0.01 and €0.50.

Then, you have the ability of altering the number of coins in operation per line between one and 10. This gives you the possibility of placing a maximum bet of €50 per spin in the game.

Visually speaking, Pragmatic has brought some of its best graphics to light in Ancient Egypt. The game takes you into an ancient temple of sorts, while the symbols upon the five reels begin with playing card additions.

They run from 10 through to A, while the symbols following these start with the Eye of Horus. Then comes the symbol of the ankh and another of the head of Anubis.

The game’s highest paying standard symbols is that of Cleopatra, though. She is able to reward you with up to €25,000 at a maximum.

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Scattering Wild Scarabs

Should you decide to play Ancient Egypt, you’ll also have the opportunity to experience one or two special features alongside the basic gameplay. The first of these specialities comes in the form of the scattered wild symbol.

It’s the golden scarab beetle that represents this one, and as a wild primarily, it has the ability to substitute for all other standard symbols in the slot.

Therefore, it happens to be a symbol that can prove to be quite helpful with forming wins.

The scatter status of the symbol allows it to appear in any position on the five reels, and whenever three or more are in view, you’ll get a pay-out from them. Additionally, three or more scatters activate the slot’s Bonus Game.

This presents you with three different Treasure Chests, and you need to choose one of these. They are filled with one of the following rewards:

  • Free Spins with a Random Expanding Symbol
  • High Monetary Award of between 10x and 500x your stake
  • Low Monetary Award of 1x your stake

Free Spinning to Victory

Should you manage to uncover the free spins round when you play the slot’s Bonus Game, you will be granted 10 of these to play through altogether. Before this round begins though, the slot will select one of the standard icons to become an Expanding Symbol for the duration of the feature.

If this Expanding Symbol appears in any position, it has the potential to expand across the entire reel if it is possible to form a winning combination on other paylines.

Three or more scattered scarabs appearing during the free spins round will re-trigger it with 10 more being given to you.

What’s the Final Verdict?

Ancient Egypt is certainly an entertaining game and a nice alternative to Book of Ra, which is generally thanks to the inclusive graphics from Pragmatic Play as well as the overall smoothness of gameplay.

Its inbuilt features do add some further depth and excitement to the game, especially if you manage to trigger the inbuilt free spins round.

Overall, it’s a nice release from the developer and it fits in well enough with multiple other slots that feature the same theme.

If you’re looking for a slot with a similar theme like the Book of Ra slots. Curious about other alternatives? You might like Magic MirrorBook of Fortune and Book of Dead.