Valley of the Scarab Slot Game
Most online slots that feature Ancient Egypt include a scarab beetle somewhere in the game. This 100 line Amaya title goes one step further – making the entire slot centered on the sacred insects. In many ways this is a typical video slot with this topic, with all the classic symbols and sounds. There are some features which are worth checking out this game for. First the free spins round has wins that have a random multiplier – up to 8x the amount on the pay table. Second, covering the screen entirely in scarab beetle symbols gives you a 5x multiplier at the same time as hitting 100 wins at once. This is as good a slot jackpot as you will find in the Amaya range.
How to Win on Valley of the Scarab
Bigger wins come in groups on this slot – so rather than a big individual prize for lining up certain symbols, you are looking for 10+ wins at once. With 100 win lines, and stacked wild symbols which can cover entire reels at once, there are plenty of opportunities for these multiple wins.
The golden scarab beetle is the symbol to look out for. It has dual roles as the highest paying symbol and the wild. Lining up 5 will pay 750 coins per line, with 250 for 4 and 30 for 3. It will also substitute for any of the regular symbols (not the bonus symbol) to create more wins. The 5x multiplier for the full set of scarabs means you can win 375000 coins. Note that you need to be betting the maximum number of coins to activate this multiplier.
Next in the pay table come the pharaoh’s – which could well be Ramesses and Cleopatra. You’ll get 500 coins for 5 of these on a win-line, with 100 for 4 and 25 for 3. A decorated cat and bird statue share the next payout starting at 250 coins for5, with a book and sarcophagi at 200. Playing card symbols are never far away from Egypt themed slots, and make up the smaller wins as usual.
Valley of the Scarab Free Spins Bonus Game
There is only a single bonus feature on this game, though it is worth hitting thanks to the extra multipliers for your wins. To trigger the free spins game, you need to hit a statue of Anubis on reels 1, 3 and 5 – you will also win 2x your total bet amount when this happens.
You see a screen where some golden scarab beetles scurry around, which then shows you have 7 free spins. The back of the reels changes to a reddish hue for this game, though it is 2 characters on top of the reels which are of more interest.
These look like golden statues and each turns a large lever. This in turn spins a wheel inside a golden box which has multipliers between 2x and 8x on it. Each time the reels stop, this wheel also stops and your wins will be multiplied by the amount shown.
You can trigger this bonus game, up to a maximum of 98 spins.
Design and Setup of Valley of the Scarab
Behind the reels you will see the waters of the river Nile with various pyramids in the distance. The backs of the semi-transparent reels show complex hieroglyphics, while the symbols themselves are detailed and nicely designed. Golden scarab beetles are the stand out symbol, and contrast with the darker tones used for most of the other symbols. There are animations, though these are not particularly a feature. Think beetles opening their golden wings, and flaming borders around the regular symbols.
This slot is silent between spins, though when you spin a selection of different Egyptian tunes play. These run constantly through the free spins game, and will come to small crescendos when you do hit a win.
100 win lines is the default number, and I recommend that you do not take up the option to lower this. The stacked wild symbols are at their best when you have a lot of potential winning combinations to hit. You’ll maximize that number by sticking to 100 lines and lowering your coin amount to suit your bankroll – this can be from 1c and up. As usual Amaya helpfully provide you with a bet max button alongside the standard auto play.
This is a solid slot within a crowded niche. It deliberately focuses on the game play – rather than introducing multiple features and bonus games. The multipliers on the free spins, combined with the stacked wild scarab beetles can make for a profitable session. If you enjoy Ancient Egypt themed games, then this is one for your shortlist!