Pay homage to an ancient Egyptian ruler in Pharaoh’s Ring, a 5 reel, 20 payline slot powered by Novomatic. This trip to the Arabian desert is a typically high pace affair, offering potentially rich rewards courtesy of the free spins feature and the special expanding symbol. Play from between 25p and £50 per spin.

The first choice to make when playing Pharaoh’s Ring is whether to spin with the ExtraBet mode in play – it costs a little extra per spin, an extra 5 coins to be precise, but for that added investment you’ll see the extra wild symbol spinning around on reels 2 and 4 to increase your winning chances.

The chief attraction in this particular pyramid is the Free Games feature which is triggered by landing 3 or more of the bonus scatter (the ancient book) anywhere on the reels. Once activated, you can look forward to 10 free spins.

There’s an added extra on offer too in the form of the expanding symbol which is decided at random before the free spins play out – when this random symbol lands anywhere during the free spins, it will expand to fill the entire reel in which it hits. If you’re lucky enough to land a high value symbol as the random expander, some spectacular results are possible.

The imagery on show in Pharaoh’s Ring is fairly typical of a Novomatic slot. Joining the A to 10 playing cards are a scarab beetle, the cat god Bast, a winged goddess and the Pharaoh himself who is the top payer. The backing score owes little to Arabia but does perk up a bit in the bonus feature.

Where Pharaoh’s Ring flies is in the volatility stakes – if you like your slots to come with a high degree of variance, then this Egyptian adventure should be right up your alley. Expect plenty of lean spells when this particular desert will feel especially barren and drain away your bankroll.

Trigger the bonus round, find a high value symbol as the expander and mix with the standard and ExtraBet wilds and rewards fit for a Pharaoh himself are possible. If you like the sound of Pharaoh’s Ring, Novomatic’s Book of Ra Deluxe is almost identical in terms of gameplay.