Pharaoh’s Dream Slot from Bally
Slots with an Ancient Egyptian theme are very popular when you head to any casino – live or online. This is great for choice, although it can be the case that many games can look and feel very similar.
This Bally Ancient Egyptian slot features all the usual popular symbols such as the pyramids, an ankh, a Tutankhamen style tomb, a scarab beetle and the Eye of Horus.
The highlight of this slot is the free spins bonus feature where you might easily find a number of fully wild reels – giving you the potential for some bigger prizes.
Setup: How the Pharaoh’s Dream Slot Works
In a slight variation to the standard slot layout, Pharaoh’s dream features reels that are four high when the reels stop spinning. This gives the opportunity for more win lines than usual, as here you have a total of 40. Unlike many online slots, you can’t change this number, although part of the appeal of this game is the fact that there are so many lines. You can however, change the stake size, ranging from 1c per line, all the way through to $10 per line.
The pyramid symbol is wild and will substitute for every other symbol apart from the bonus one. This appears on all five reels and if you do manage to land five in a row you’ll pick up 500 coins. This wild symbol is stacked throughout both the base game and the feature, making it the number one symbol in the game. This gives the potential for sudden huge line hits for lining up several stacked wild reels. It is possible for all five reels to be completely filled with wild symbols – and then you’ll have the dream scenario where all the 40 win lines all pay out the top prize of 500 coins.
The Eye of Horus also pays 500 coins for the maximum 5 in a row and then you have quite a gap to the next pay out. The Scarab beetle pays a top prize of 150 coins, while the Ankh pays 120 coins. Joining the themed symbols are a series of playing cards. A, K and Q each have a top prize of 100 coins, while 9, 10 and J each pay out 50 coins for a full house of five.
Sticky Wilds in the Pharaoh’s Dream Slot Bonus Feature
The Tutankhamen style tomb acts as the scatter symbol and appears on reels 1, 3 and 5. If you manage to land this on each of these reels you’ll gain an immediate win of 4x your total stake. However, more importantly you’ll also enter the free spins round.
The free spins play slightly differently than the base game. The bad news is that there are no stacked wilds on reel one during the feature, but this offset by what happens when they appear on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5. If you manage to fill a reel with wilds, this reel will remain completely wild throughout the rest of the feature. This can be very handy if you fill a wild reel or two early in the feature as each subsequent spin can see a huge pay out. Sticky wilds always make for a fantastic free spins feature, but it’s very unusual to find sticky ‘wild reels’.
The only small down side to this feature is the fact that it cannot be re-triggered, although this can be the case at many slots where you find sticky wilds.
Pharaoh’s Dream Slot Design
You’d never say that Pharaoh’s Dream is the most distinctive slot you’ll find at an online casino, but there is something very appealing apart the sharp visuals. Aside from the pyramids, all of the symbols appear in front of an intricately patterned pink background and this gives the slot a real ‘HD’ feel. Add to this the crisp colored symbols and the strangely appealing clicking noise when each reel comes to a stop and you have a real professional feel – this despite a lack of any animation in the game. The ‘Egyptian’ themed sound when the bonus symbol appears on the reels is a nice touch, but Bally could have gone further, as this is the only real nod to the theme in the soundtrack.
Should you Walk Like an Egyptian to the Pharaoh’s Dream Slot?
If you wondering if this ancient Egyptian themed slot has anything that really sets it apart from other games, then the answer is an easy no. The base game, while solid, is not really different from many others and the fact that the only bonus feature is a free spins round is not exactly original either. Nevertheless, the feature is a good one, especially when you fill those reels with wilds and some big wins can be on the way. The crisp graphics give the slot a modern look too and this gives the game some appeal.