Pharaoh’s Tomb Slots
There are plenty of slots in the Novomatic range which have themes based on Ancient Egypt. The question I had before playing this one is whether Pharaoh’s Tomb was different enough to make it stand out from the likes of Book of Ra or Pharaoh’s Ring. The answer is ‘yes’, this game has fresh graphics, expanding wilds and a unique symbol upgrades system during the free spins bonus game. Add to this the ability to add free slot games to your bonus and that famous solid Novomatic game play, and you have a solid combination which is worth taking for a spin.
How to Win on Pharaoh’s Tomb
All the classic symbols appear on the reels, though these are very detailed compared to some earlier slots in the Novomatic range. You’ll want to see the Ankh sign, as this is the single highest paying symbol at 2000 coins for 5, 1000 for4 and 400 for 3. A very ornate golden bird statue with a glowing blue background comes next at 1600 for 5. The trusty scarab beetle makes an appearance with a prize of 1200 coins for 5 while a snake, zig-zag symbol and another ancient Egyptian symbol (looks like a sail) make up the remaining unique symbols. Playing cards do make an appearance in this slot, though they do not dominate the reels as much as on some games – aces though jacks are in play.
There are two more symbols of note. The first is the Pharaoh’s tomb, which is a very detailed and glowing sarcophagus. This is the wild symbol and as usual substitutes for all the regular symbols to create wins (not the scatters). What is unusual about this wild is that it expands to fill entire reels when it lands – which will often help to create multiple wins over the 10 win lines.
No Egypt slot would be complete without a symbol showing the pyramids, and the Pharaoh’s Tomb logo symbol fulfils this role. This symbol has a scatter prize for 3+ pm the reels, and will also trigger the free spins bonus game. You’ll get 2000 coins for 5 anywhere in view, 800 for 4 and 80 for just 3.
Upgraded Symbols in the Pharaoh’s Tomb Bonus Game
When you trigger the free spins you will start off with a total of 12 games. Every time you hit one of the Pharaoh wilds during these, one more spin is added to your total. There is another reason (other than the expanding wild behavior) you’ll want to see this symbol. Each time it lands, one of the unique symbols is upgraded to a better one.
This starts with the orange ‘sail’ type symbols. The first time you get the wild, it will show an animation where the symbols are revealed, and all of the orange symbols become the blue zigzags. Next time, the blue zigzags are upgraded to the snakes, then they all become scarabs and so on.
All of the symbols everywhere on the reels are upgraded each time. This means you will no longer see the lower paying symbols on the next free spins, and a lot more of the better symbols will appear. The playing cards are not affected, though as you get to the end of your free spins round you will see some excellent coverage of a single symbol – which can often lead to multiple wins from each spin.
Design and Setup
Compared to many other Novomatic slots based on this theme, the design is excellent. Outside of the reels is a blue shaded tomb view with hieroglyphics covering the walls. The logo is a simple gold color. It is the symbols where things really stand out, these are very detailed and vivid against the plain black background of the reels. Some of the animations are good too, look out for the expanding wild of the sarcophagus.
Instead of the usual beeps, this slot has a unique soundtrack which is on theme. The tune changes during the free spins game. When you hit 2 of the bonus symbols, the remaining reels speed up with a very intensive plucked instrument sound. Faster reels in anticipation of the 3rd symbol is nothing unusual in itself – the speed an intensity of this one does stand out a little.
There are only 10 win lines on this slot, with a minimum of 4 coins per line making the smallest spin amount 40c. You can mute the beeps or music, choose auto play (which is configurable) and access the pay table via a menu button. The regular Novomatic gamble after win is offered.
This is one of the best Egypt themed Novomatic titles I have played. The graphics and smoothness of the game play are much better than many older games. Add to this expanding wilds and a free spins round with the upgraded symbols concept and you have a game which is different enough to be worth a look.