Take a trip back in time to the desert sands of ancient Egypt in Scarab Queen. This 5 reel, 50 payline video slot has been created by Playtech and combines high spec design with a couple of top features. On offer are free spins with wandering reels and streak respins where you can also win 1 of 4 jackpot prizes. Play on your PC, tablet or mobile devices from between 25p and £500 per spin.
The design here is bright, colourful and very nicely done. With a desert, pyramids and palm trees in the background, you’ll see A to 10 royal values as well as a selection of hieroglyphs. In order of value are the ankh cross, the cast god Bastet and the eye of Ra. The scarab beetle is the best of the standard symbols. Land 5 of these in combination for a payout of 3 times your bet.
Helping to create the winners is the Egyptian queen who is wild. She can land on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 in the base game and substitute for the scatter and bonus symbols. Complementing the base game action are a pair of feature rounds.
Free Games feature – land 3, 4 or 5 of the pyramid scatter on the same spin and you’ll pocket an award equal to 1, 10 or 50 times your bet. You’ll also receive 8 free spins. On each free spin, a wandering reel filled with wilds or bonus symbols will shift across the reels. The wild can hit on all 5 reels during this round. Retriggers are possible too if you land 3 or more scatters on the same free spin.
Fire Blaze Respin feature – the second feature is activated by landing 6 or more of the sun bonus symbol in the base game or the Free Games feature. Those symbols are locked in position and 3 respins follow. If you land another sun symbol, it too is held and the respins reset to 3. The sun symbols come with cash values or mini, minor or major jackpots attached.
Once all the respins or done, all the cash values are added together and that’s what you’ll win. The Mini, Minor or Major jackpots award 20, 100 or 500 times your bet. The Grand Jackpot worth 2,000 times your bet triggers if you fill all 15 positions on the respins reels with sun symbols.
It’s not the most original game you’ll see but there’s plenty to like about Scarab Queen. The visuals are excellent, backed by a nicely crafted backing track that matches the theme rather well. Similar features appear in plenty of other video slots. Free spins, streak respins and a chance to land a jackpot prize are a very solid combination though.
If you’re one of the legion of fans of the ancient Egyptian theme, then Scarab Queen is well worth your attention. Saying that, there are much better video slots with the same theme – Blueprint Gaming’s Legacy of Ra MegaWays would be my pick as it comes with wins of up to 50,000 times your bet on each free spin!