Desert Dreams Slot from Amaya
Desert Dreams is one of a number of Egyptian themed slots, although this particular game has a modern twist as it’s based upon archaeological digs. On the reels you’ll find both the explorer and his female assistant complete with clipboard and pen, while a local workman seems to be in charge of the all the manual work, complete with spade in hand. The highlight of this Amaya designed online slot is the free spins bonus round where you’ll find both a very nice multiplier which can certainly boost that bankroll.
How to Win on Desert Dreams
The explorer symbol is certainly the one you’ll want to land more than any other on the reels, this for three reasons. Firstly, it is the highest paying symbol in the game, worth a mouthwatering 4,000 coins if you can hit it five times in a row on a win line. Secondly, this symbol is also the wild, substituting for any other symbol apart from the scatter, giving many additional wins. Finally, this symbol will payout when appearing just once or more from left to right.
Next up on the pay table is the female assistant, worth 2,000 coins, while the local digger pays 750 coins, both of these symbols paying out when appearing twice or more from left to right, while you’ll need three or more of each subsequent symbol. These are completed by a smiling camel, the pickaxe, a spade, an Ankh, a gold coin, a vase and the compass.
The final symbol is the scatter, which shows a Tutankhamun style Sarcophagus. You’ll win a total stake based scatter prize when this appears twice or more across any of the reels, these payouts ranging from your stake back when 2 appears, up to 100x your stake when you land the maximum 5. However, when 3 or more appear you will also gain entry to the free spins bonus round.
You’ll have a total of 10 free spins during the feature, although this can be re-triggered allowing you the opportunity of gaining further free slot spins. More good news is the fact that each win during the feature will be the subject of a 3x multiplier.
Design and Setup
In comparison to many online slots you’ll find today, Desert Dreams certainly isn’t the most modern looking game. Each of the symbols has a slightly simplistic design, while you’ll find little animation on the reels apart from the occasional apart from the flashing of winning symbols. Though very basic, the cartoon like design may appeal to some players. The reels are set against the backdrop of an ancient wall, with hieroglyphics written in red, which in a strange way might remind you of ‘The Matrix’ film series (if the red coloring was changed to green). The accompanying sound to the slot is a little basic, the perfunctory clicking of the reels occasionally joined by a sound effect or two.
One good aspect to the slot is the fact that you have complete control over the settings. This five reel slot has a total of 20 pay lines, although you can choose to play any number between 1 and 20, while you can set the coin value from any amount from 1c to $5. This makes for a slot with total stakes ranging from just 1c through to $100 a spin which will certainly appeal to a wide range of players.
Another good option is the auto play. Firstly you can set this manually by simply using the up and down arrow keys. However, you can go much further by using the ‘advanced’ option. This allows you to set ‘Stop Conditions’, such as stopping when you’ve reached a certain level of cumulative wins or losses, or after a single win of a stated level or more.
Unfortunately, this Amaya designed game is not one that will make waves when compared to other slots with a similar theme. The gameplay features very basic graphics and sound and there is a lack of variety in the game, a simple free spins round being the only feature. Nevertheless, this free spins round does have a 3x multiplier attached, making it one of the more lucrative features you’ll find online and for this reason alone, it might be worth a spin or two. However, this certainly isn’t a slot that will leave a lasting impression – with both Crocodopolis and Cleo Queen of Egypt (also by Amaya) being better games overall.