Trying to discover the lost treasures of antiquity is the goal in Gold of Egypt, another release on the conveyor belt of ancient-themed video slots from Novomatic. This one is played using a 5 reel, scatters pays game engine. As well as free spins round with frozen symbols, you’ll also have a shot at landing a progressive jackpot prize. Head to the desert from between 40p and £50 per spin.
Considering the theme here is lavish, ancient riches the design here is a little plain – this is a Novomatic game after all so we shouldn’t be too surprised. You’ll see gold-trimmed A to 10 values as well as an Egyptian queen and the Pharaoh. Winning combinations are created scatter style. You’ll get a payout if you land at least 5 of the same symbol anywhere on the reels. The more matching symbols on show, the bigger the potential rewards.
Fill the screen with the same matching symbol and you’ll trigger 1 of the 5 progressive jackpots. The full payout is made if you land 15 of the highest value pharaoh symbol. Proportionate amounts are awarded if you land a full screen of 1 of the less rewarding symbols.
A Novomatic video slot wouldn’t be a Novomatic game without a Free Games feature and Gold of Egypt is no exception – it’s triggered in the usual manner by landing 3 or more of the Mask of Tutankhamun scatter. As usual, there’s a little extra included with your 10 free spins.
Before the round begins, 1 symbol is chosen at random. Whenever this special bonus symbol lands, it will remain locked in place until your free spins are played out. This gives you a good chance of getting 15 of the same symbol to win the jackpot.
Novomatic has already paid homage to the mighty pharaohs on numerous occasions. This ancient adventure offers something a little different though. The sound and visuals are as familiar as ever but the scatters pays and jackpots offer something more fresh. Throw the free spins into the mix and Gold of Egypt becomes a playable game.
It’s far from flash on the design front and the range of extras isn’t the widest you’ll see but for some simple, volatile action, this trip to the desert delivers. I would also suggest you try Lady of Egypt by WMS which offers something different.