Ancient Goddess is another take on the classic Egyptian-themed video slot from Novomatic. This one is a 5 reel, 20 payline game that comes with expanding wilds. The highlight is the bonus round that awards 12 free spins initially. Each stacked wild that hits results in a symbol upgrade. Play this volatile game on all devices from between 20p and £20 per spin.
The set up here is fairly typical of a Novomatic game. The deep purple reels have a regal look about them. There you’ll find A to J royals as well as 6 higher value Egyptian god and hieroglyph symbols. The best of them is the golden winged pharaoh which awards 5, 12.5 or 25 times your total bet if you land 3, 4 or 5 on 1 of the game’s 20 paylines.
The Ancient Goddess of the title is the game’s wild. She can land on the middle 3 reels only and substitute for all of the standard symbols. Whenever the wild appears, it expands to fill the whole of the reel.
The main feature in Ancient Goddess is the Free Games feature. It’s triggered by landing 3 or more bonus symbol on the same spin. After a payout of 2, 20 or 50 times your bet, you’ll then be awarded 12 free spins. Once again, the expanding wild Goddess appears on reels 2, 3 and 4. Land 1, 2 or 3 of them on the same free spin and 1, 3 or 5 extra free spins are added to your total.
The wild Goddess also develops some extra magical powers during the feature. Each time one hits, 1 of the higher value symbols gets upgraded. Each symbol gets upgraded in order. Get on a roll with the wilds here and you’ll soon see plenty of higher value symbols spinning around the reels.
Ancient Goddess is a typical Novomatic video slot. The design is simple but rather nicely done and just what we’ve come to expect from modern releases from this developer. The gameplay is nice and straightforward too. The feature can pack a decent punch thanks to the expanding wilds and symbol upgrades.
The variance isn’t quite as high as some Novomatic games but it’s fiery enough to keep things interesting – you can win 500 times your bet on every spin/free spin. There’s nothing especially fresh about Ancient Goddess. The simple design and features work well though which makes this volatile adventure worth a spin if you like the Egyptian theme – I would rather play Book of Ra Deluxe which offers bigger potential payouts (also by Novomatic).