Pharaoh’s Treasure Slot from Ash Gaming
Many free slots have tried to emulate the success of IGT’s ‘Cleopatra’ over the years. Pharaoh’s Treasure from Ash Gaming is an Egyptian themed slot which comes close in the overall feel of that iconic game. There are some matching characteristics, for example the 3x on all wins during the free spins bonus game. There is an additional bonus game, where you have to remember the location of treasures in Tutankhamen’s tomb. This is not the newest looking slot in the Ash Gaming range, though it does hold its own in terms of the game-play.
Setup: Where You Will Find the Pharaoh’s Treasure
The detail and the coloring of the symbols in this slot make it look crowded, though when you strip it down you will find the regular 20 win lines. There are 5 reels, each with 3 rows of symbols. I am sure that the choice of subjects for symbols will not surprise you. These include a scarab beetle, pharaoh’s mask and the sphinx. You can choose auto-play for up to 25 spins, with the minimum spin amount for all the lines being 20c.
Wild symbols are in play. These are a brightly colored bird, which is the slot logo – with the words Pharaoh’s Treasure written underneath it. You will get 3000 coins for 5 of these on a win-line, 1000 for 4, 200 for 3 and 5 coins for just 2. This symbol will also create wins on different lines with the other regular symbols.
There are 3 higher paying regular symbols. These are a woman (who might well be Cleopatra), the Sphinx – which is in its modern-day crumbling form – and a river view, presumably the Nile. Playing card symbols are simple and bold, thought they are set on stone which has ancient Egyptian carvings.
The brightest symbols are to trigger the bonus – this is the familiar golden Pharaoh’s mask. The scarab beetle is a scatter symbol, and also triggers the free spins bonus game.
Tutankhamen Bonus Game
When a mask symbol hits, you’ll hear a sound effect. If you get 3+ on a win line (starting from the left like other wins), then you will get to play the 2nd screen bonus game. The total amount you can win from this game depends on how many masks triggered the bonus. This is up to 5000 coins if you trigger with 5 of them.
First you see a pop-up message, this reminds you to watch for where the treasure is located. Next you see a dark tomb, as if it had just been opened for the first time. Torchlight will scan over the scene, and different jewels and treasures get lit up.
Next a red grid appears, dividing the scene into a lot of different small squares. Your task is to find the squares with the treasure. You get 3+ picks, depending on how many masks triggered the game.
There is shot at the progressive jackpot via this bonus game. If you find 3 of the masks in the tomb, you will win the amount shown above the reels as part of the game logo.
Free Spins and Scarab Scatter Wins
Scarab beetles have a place in almost all Ancient Egyptian slots – and Pharaoh’s Treasure is no exception. Unusually, the scatter wins are randomized here. Again, this will depend on how many of them you hit at once. For 3 you can win up to 7.5x your spin amount, for 4 this goes up to 40x and for 5 up to 500x.
3 or more will also trigger the 10 free spins. Here your wins are tripled – making the top line prize a generous 9000 coins. You can retrigger for more free spins with 3+ of the scatters during play. Essentially this is the same as the base game, with an upbeat traditional soundtrack while you spin.
Intensely Colored Design of the Pharaoh’s Treasure Slot
One thing which is missing compared to the original ‘Cleopatra’ game is the voice of the queen. Instead you will see phrases under the reels when you click spin. For example ‘Show me the mummy’ or ‘Spin-a-licious!’. Overall this feels like an older slot, and it does feel intensely colored and crowded too.
You will see a Pharaoh either side of the reels, with brightly decorated columns reaching into the background. A nice touch is that the colored squares on the decorated frame of the game move around when you spin. Some of the symbols are detailed, with the mask standing out. The animations are zoom type effects, with the occasional extra touch, for example a flame.
A relaxed traditional soundtrack plays while you spin. This gets a lot livelier in the free spins bonus game.
Should You Dig for the Pharaoh’s Treasure?
This is a solid and enjoyable slot, though it does not stand out from the many other attempts at creating games based on the Ancient Egyptian theme. The highlight is the free spins game, with 3x wins this can be worth hitting. The picks game is novel in that you need to remember where the treasure is. Overall, a good game – though not a serious rival to Cleopatra.