Take a virtual trip to the deserts of ancient Egypt in Scarab. This trip to the land of the pharaohs has been created by IGT and comes with a couple of potentially exciting extras. After every tenth spin, each scarab beetle symbol you collect turns wild. There’s also a feature where you can choose from a selection of free spin and added wild combinations. Play on your PC, tablet or mobile device from between 75p and £2,250 per spin.
The design here is bright and bold. Just what you might expect to see from a live casino video slot in fact. Set against a backdrop of pyramids and the desert, the blue reels feature A to 10 royal values plus 4 higher paying golden hieroglyphs. The best symbol is the High Priestess who spins in 4-high stacks. Land 5 of her on a payline and you’ll pocket an award of 2.67 times your bet.
Central to much of the best action here is the scarab beetle jewel. This doesn’t offer any payouts in its own right but when it hits it’s edged in gold. Every 10 spins, all of the symbol positions edged in gold all transform into a wild. Collect a good number of scarabs and the extra wilds can really work their magic. This is called the Wild Stays Charges The Pays feature.
Wilds feature heavily in the Free Spins Bonus feature too. To trigger it, you’ll need to find 3, 4 or 5 bonus scatters on the same spin. You’ll then have the pick of a range of different free spin and added wild combinations. The fewer the free spins, the more wilds per free spin and vice versa. These are your options:
|3 Pyramid Scatters||4 Pyramid Scatters||5 Pyramid Scatters|
|15 free spins with 5 wilds on each||30 free spins with 5 wilds on each||45 free spins with 5 wilds on each|
|10 free spins with 7 wilds on each||20 free spins with 7 wilds on each||30 free spins with 7 wilds on each|
|5 free spins with 10 wilds on each||10 free spins with 10 wilds on each||15 free spins with 10 wilds on each|
Landing 3 bonus symbols on the same free spin results in a retrigger – you can retrigger up to 4 times meaning 225 potential free spins if you trigger the feature with 5 scatters. However, I would always opt for 10 wilds per free spin as you’re more likely to win bigger.
With some many Egyptian-themed video slots already available, do we really need another? Well Scarab offers something a little different thanks to the wild scarab collection feature. The free spins round delivers a nice change of pace too.
Design wise, Scarab is somewhere in the middle. It’s not a real beauty but the bright visuals and the Arabian inflected soundtrack do the job well enough. The volatility is in the low range with top wins of 200 times your bet on each spin/free spin – for this reason, Scarab will be lost amongst the countless ancient Egyptian themed video slots available. I would much rather play Novomatic’s Book of Ra Magic where you can win big on each spin/free spin.