Head to the pyramids and hunt for hidden treasure in Golden Ark, a 5 reel, 10 payline Egyptian archaeology themed slot from Novomatic where a female treasure hunter can help you hunt down free spins with special expanding symbols. Enjoy the land of the Pharaohs from between 20p and £50 per spin.

Visually, Golden Ark is a step up from many Novomatic powered slots. Set within a classical temple, the reels are backed by the all-seeing Eye of Horus. Those symbols include a scarab beetle, another eye of Horus, a golden statue and a female archaeologist alongside the lower value playing cards.

The soundtrack is the usual Novomatic offering, punctuated by some Egyptian themed blasts that herald winning spins. These are accompanied by some nice animations too.

Golden Ark is a classic Novomatic slot, offering fast-paced, high variance action – the chief attraction in this ancient Egyptian themed slot is the Free Games feature which is triggered when you land 3 of the scatter (the ornately decorated book which also acts as the game’s wild) anywhere on the reels.

Here you’ll be awarded 10 free spins – before those spins play out though, 1 symbol will be chosen at random to become the special expanding symbol. When the special symbol forms part of a winning combination, it will expand to fill the reel. If the same symbol appears elsewhere on the reel, it too will expand, even if it’s not part of the original winner. It’s possible to fill the entire screen with the same symbol here, offering some spectacular rewards.

Players don’t usually fire up Novomatic slots to be dazzled by the imagery – their games are all about high variance action and Golden Ark certainly delivers that. You can expect winless spells that will be as barren as the Sahara. Trigger the feature then land a high value symbol as the expander and you can look forward to an oasis full of coins.

If you enjoyed Book of Ra Deluxe, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here. If the plucky heroine works some magic and you get lucky with those free spins, then there’s treasure lurking in these here pyramids. If ancient Egypt is your thing, there’s plenty to choose from including IGT’s Cleopatra II.