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Having different options in a game is a key part of making it more fun to play the first time along with giving it a stronger degree of replay value. That's what you'll find with the Ancient Egypt slot by Pragmatic Play and how they designed the bonus feature. This game centers around Cleopatra and Anubis, two key figures from Egyptian history and mythology, and they both give you opportunities for some solid payouts.
While this game doesn't stand out all that much on the graphical side as far as Egyptian-themed online slots go, it does have a pretty solid style of gameplay that is redeeming to a certain degree.
Format and Layout
Five reels and three rows make up the basic grid for this game, and there are 10 paylines across that. Those lines pay from the left side to the right side only, and it helps to make the bet sizes all pretty even numbers. You can wager up to 10 coins on each payline for a total of as many as 100 coins per spin, and you'll always have 10 line activated since that number can't be changed.
A variety of coin sizes that go from $0.01 to $0.50 apiece are available as well. This means you can bet between $0.10 and $50 per spin, so high rollers and penny players alike will have bet sizes that work for them.
It's important for us to point out first that the four top symbols in the game all pay for two of a kind or more. This is very important for the expanding symbol wins that you can get in the bonus feature. First up is Cleopatra herself, and she'll give you 500x for five of a kind. You can pick up a 200x prize for five of Anubis as well, and he's the purple jackal symbol. The ankh, which is a cross with a loop in the top of it, pays out 50x for five of a kind. You'll also earn 50x for five of the eye of Ra.
As is the case for all of the other payouts that we'll discuss in this game, all of these wins are multiplied by your total bet size. If you want to know what the equivalent size would be if they were listed as line wager wins, just multiply the value by ten or add a zero the right-hand side of the amount. For example, the 500x Cleopatra win for five would be listed as 5,000x as a line bet win.
Scatter Scarab Wins
Payouts for the golden scarab symbol are all scatter wins that can pay out no matter where they land. The wins are 50x for five of a kind, 10x for four of a kind and 1x for three of a kind. Three or more anywhere will also give you a shot at the bonus feature that gives you a small payout of 1x, a larger payout of up to 500x or a free spins bonus round.
Free Spins Feature
If you get to the free spins round, a random symbol is chosen to expand. Any time it appears on the reels, you'll see it expand to cover the entire reel, and that makes it much easier to get multi-line payouts. It's easy to see how a few of these on the reels at once can turn into some major pays. You'll get 10 free spins to start with, and you can add 10 more free spins whenever you get three or more scatters on the reels again for a re-trigger.
Five Card Rank Symbols and Wins
The purple A is worth a 15x win, and that's the same pay you can earn for five of the red K symbol. The yellow Q, blue J and green 10 all pay 10x for five on a payline. Keep in mind that these are multiplied by your whole bet, and if they were line bet wins, these lowest wins would be 100x, which is well within the realm of normal. This means that they aren't nearly as low as they might initially appear until you realize how much you're actually getting paid.
With the Ancient Egypt slot, Pragmatic Play has a fairly standard entry into the Egyptian-themed slot sub-genre. Nothing in particular stands out other than the expanding symbols in the free spins bonus round, but it's not really a bad game either. All of the top symbols paying for two of a kind or more helps with the hit-rate and the overall volatility, which is at a solid medium level. Overall, there's not necessarily anything wrong with this title, but there's not much that's going to make players want to stick around and play it for a long time either.