Step back in time to the days of the Ancient Egyptians with the Rise of the Pharaohs, a five-reel, three-row, 15-Payline slot from 888 with some great bonus games and a randomly awarded progressive jackpot. What’s more, you should appreciate the elegant graphics of this game, whose software is developed by Random Logic, 888’s in-house developer.
The atmosphere of this slot is created to make the whole thing feel nicely eerie and crypt-like – it’s dark with lots of old stone in the background and a sandy floor. All around there are statues. The reels in front of this background scene are transparent.
How to play
Coin sizes in the game range from 15p to £450. If you like using Autoplay, you can set it to play between 10 and 75 spins automatically. Use the Bet Max function to set maximum bet instantly – the minimum bet is 0.15, the maximum is set at 15.00.
Egyptian gods form the higher-paying values, including Anubis and Horus, alongside the face of Cleopatra, Tutankhamun’s mask and other beings in full Ancient Egyptian headdress.
You’ll find some familiar playing-card values here, including the 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace, all set against a stony background. As is typical, these are the lower-value symbols.
Symbols pay out from left to right on an active Payline’s consecutive reels, starting from the left.
The Eye of Horus is the Wild in the Rise of the Pharaohs. As usual, it replaces all other icons, but not the bonus or Scatter symbols, to create more possibilities to win.
The Scatter is the Sphinx icon, Cleopatra the bonus symbol.
Pharaoh’s Tomb round
Land three of the Cleopatra bonus symbols on Reels 2 through 4 to launch this bonus game. It’s a two-stage picking round revealing two multipliers, which are then applied to your total bet.
Launch this by landing three Scatters anywhere on the reels – you’ll get more free whirls if you line up more Scatters. During the round, extra Wilds get added to the reels, boosting your chances of a win.
Unlike some other games, however, it’s not possible to win further free spins during this bonus round.
Progressive jackpot (RTP)
The Rise of the Pharaohs incorporates a progressive jackpot which is awarded at random. So you never know when you might strike it lucky. As ever, the more you stake, the greater your chances of hitting the big time.
Return to Player (RTP)
The RTP in the Rise of the Pharaohs is average-to-good, at 95.02%.
Clearly, the Rise of the Pharaohs is far from the only Ancient Egyptian-themed slot out there. Equally, of course, this game will be of most interest to players who fancy themselves as Egyptologists.
But this one’s fun, full of character and atmosphere, and stands out thanks to the quality of its design. At the same time, it’s not a particularly complicated game to play.
Indeed, it’s ‘a gem among the genre’, as one reviewer put it! But give it a whirl and remember to let us know what you think. May the gods smile on you!
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