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Even a wombat knows there’s a world of ancient Egyptian themed slots out there but a new comic number Pharaoh slot from Inspired Gaming tickled my funny bone. Inspired are those nice fellas and lasses who designed the Grand National slot in case you didn’t know. That’s another good ‘un!
Who’s the king of the castle, I mean pyramid? In this case the answer of course is the all-powerful Pharaoh! I have to say this dude looks pretty happy with his lot, given he’s the ruler of realm and the reels.
This game offers you three different bonus modes plus there’s a Fortune Bet feature where you pay to boost your bonus chances. Those dusty old days are looking up!
Look and Feel
The cartoony graphics look like they cost a king’s ransom- I mean a Pharaoh’s! Inspired Gaming has gone for it in the looks department. The land of the Pharaoh looks darn fine. We love a theme full of legends like the Viking Wilds slot and Pharoah fits right into that category, the big difference being the weather is a little warmer in Egypt!
The action takes place between the brightly coloured pillars of an ancient temple. The Pharaoh welcomes you to the game with his grinning face and walks just like an Egyptian around the reels for entertainment value. Each reel is done out in regal purple- of course!
Your slot spin is jollied along but the tones of exotic Egyptian style music which moves things along nicely.
At the bottom of the reels note the special red and gold Fortune Bet button.
The desert play takes place over three rows, five reel and 20 pay-lines, so twice the amount of a game like the Bookie of Odds slot. This slot tale of old looks a picture on any of your devices.
To make a win you need to collect three matching symbols in a row left to right. If the slot gods smile on you some kind icons allow you a little loser prize for just securing two of the icons together.
The reels are bulging with Egyptian artefacts with the highest scoring being a treasure chest of booty, a golden Scarab beetle and two ancient books. The Ace through Jack of the card deck make up the lower value icons of the game.
The word “Wild” substitutes for all icons except the Bonus symbol, the game’s namesake, the Pharaoh in his headdress and finery looking mighty pleased.
Land a trio of our regal chum the Pharaoh on reels 1, 3 and 5 and enter the rewarding world of the bonus game. Now you’ll get to choose which of a number of bonus side games you’ll get to play. The five side games are laid out on a neat map, now you get to virtually “roll” the dice to decide which game you’ll take on.
First up is a Free Spins game where you’re presented with a wheel that is spun. This handy wheel will set the number of free spins you’ll get; what level multiplier you wins will be subject. Also, by royal decree you’ll gain a high value symbol in swap for a low scoring one. Not bad to kick off your bonus round.
Pharaoh Wild Spins gives you four freebie spins. Nice. During the spins, two further Wilds are added to the reels, giving you a winning boost.
Pyramid of Prizes is a fun picking game. Make your picks and climb the steps of a mini pyramid for increasingly big prizes. If you make it to the top you will either gain access to free spins or Wild Spins.
Upping the Ante
If you’re prepared to pay an extra 50% for your wager, you can hit the Fortune Bet button beneath the reels. Do this, and you’ll increase your chances of activating the bonus game with the arrival of more Bonus icons, and they’re supersized too!
We love an Egytian themed game and the Pharaoh slot provides some super innovative bonus games and a nice vibe to gaming. It’s a solid performer in the genre, basically a great all-rounder with that smart Fortune Bet addition upping the winning form.