Pharaoh King Slot
You will never be far away from an ancient Egypt themed slot in an online casino. Pharaoh King from BetSoft is an older title. Compared to some of the cinematic 3D slots in their range this one looks decidedly retro – and very similar to many famous titles such as IGT’s Cleopatra.
There are some good reasons for taking Pharaoh King for a spin. These reasons are topped by a progressive jackpot prize.
You can also play a break out bonus game which is awarded when you collect special key symbols over a number of spins.
How to Win on Pharaoh King
There are 20 win lines crossing the reels from the left hand side of this slot, which makes some of the prizes awarded quite big in proportion to your bets. The biggest prize is not for the regular symbols at all, it is for hitting 5 of the scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. These are represented by a picture of the pyramids, with the sun behind them. 5 scatters are worth 10000 coins, with 4000 coins for 4, 500 for 3 and 200 for 2. Note that these and the other prizes listed in this review assume you are playing the maximum 5 coins.
Scarab beetles are present on every Egypt slot out there, and are the jackpot symbol in this game. If you are playing maximum coins then you will win the progressive prize for landing 5 of these on a win-line. You get 2500 coins for 4, 250 for 3 and 25 for just 2. Curiously, the pay table does not list the alternate win for hitting 5 of these while playing fewer than 5 coins.
Of the regular symbols, only the urns are unique – the rest being playing card symbols. Urns are worth 2500 coins for 5 on a line.
There are wild symbols in play, represented by a hieroglyphic with 2 torches either side. These will substitute for any of the regular symbols, except for the scatters. You will not win the jackpot with a combination of wild symbols and scarab beetles.
Pharaoh King Bonus Game
The last symbol in this game is a key. There are 3 of these to collect in total, and each time you get one on the reels it will move up to the top of the screen and fill one of the 3 boxes set between flaming torches. When you get the 3rd key, you will go to a second screen bonus game.
This is set in a hall containing 6 urns. You get to click on these, revealing either a prize in coins or the word ‘collect’. You keep on picking until you hit the collect, at which point the game ends. This is a simple bonus game, though some of the prizes were worth hitting.
Design and Setup of Pharaoh King
A lot of ancient Egypt slots look similar, and this one is no exception. The coloring is browns and beiges, with a white background to the reels giving the game a slightly retro feel. Symbols are dominated by the colored playing cards, which have not been decorated with anything on theme. The old clichés like the scarab beetle are in place, along with torches and pyramids.
The sound effects when you spin the reels is almost industrial, with whirrs and clanking sounds. There is a crackling sound which plays between spins, which does not really seem to have any purpose. When you hit a winning combination you will hear a short Egyptian tune, and see some minor animations – for example the word ‘wild’ flashing.
The setup is a very standard 5 reel by 3 rows grid, with 20 win-lines going from the left hand side. You can reduce the number of lines, toggle your coin size and choose to bet up to 5 coins for each line. There is a bet max button provided to help you spend the maximum! Auto play is also available.
While the break out bonus game looks different to most, this is essentially just a pick-em game. I like the size of the prizes for scatters and of course the chance to win a progressive jackpot too. Whether this slot has enough to stand out among ancient Egypt themed titles is certainly debatable.