Novomatic Sphinx Mysteries Slot Review and Free Play

Sphinx Mysteries: Demo

It’s time to dust off the desert boots and go hunting for ancient Egyptian treasure in Sphinx Mysteries. Highlights in this 5 reel, 25 payline video slot are the Pharaoh wilds that double payouts and the bonus feature where you’ll be offered a selection of free spin and multiplier combinations. Stakes start at 25p, rising to £50 per spin.

We’re not usually bowled over by the look of Novomatic video slots – this one isn’t bad though. The marble reels feature the usual playing card symbols alongside the Eye of Horus, a manuscript filled with hieroglyphs, an ankh cross and the dog god Anubis. The best-paying symbol is the scarab beetle – land 5 of these and you’ll pocket an award equal to 32 times your stake.

Those payouts are doubled if you manage to land a winning combination that includes a Pharaoh wild. The wild is a good payer in its own right too, offering awards of 0.4, 6, 100 or 400 times your total bet if you land 2, 3, 4 or 5 on a payline.

The pharaoh wild can really come into its own during the Free Games feature – to unlock that feature, you’ll need to land 3, 4 or 5 of the pyramid scatter anywhere on the reels on the same spin. A payout of 5, 10 or 300 times your stake is then made. You’ll then be offered a selection of free spin and multiplier combinations – there are 5 of these to choose from:

  • 16 to 20 free spins at 1x
  • 13 to 17 free spins at 2x
  • 11 to 14 free spins at 3x
  • 8 to 12 free spins at 4x
  • 5 to 10 free spins at 5x

Hope to see the Pharaoh wild form part of a winning payline during the free spins as the 2x multiplier combines with the standard multiplier. Land a winner featuring the pharaoh in the 5-10 free spins selection and the payout will rocket 10x rather than the usual 5x. 3 or more scatters during the feature will give you more free spins meaning you can get up to 20 free spins with a 10x multiplier.

There’s nothing too flashy on show here, either in terms of design or gameplay. The haunting soundtrack is rather nice though. The game’s undoubted highlight is the Free Games feature – combine the wild Pharaoh with the multiplier and some explosive action is possible.

Sphinx Mysteries delivered just what we expected when we fire it up. Simple design and gameplay and a potentially hard-hitting feature. If that sounds like and enticing combination, you won’t go far wrong here.

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