Ramses II Slot from Novomatic
This is an older Ancient Egypt themed video slot from the archives of Novomatic. While you find a lot about this game familiar, one thing you will not find is the ‘book’ functionality which made slots like Book of Ra so popular. You will find a scarab beetle (that triggers the bonus game), and many other icons of the times – including the pharaoh Ramses II himself and the sphynx. The highlight of this game is the free spins bonus round, where you will enjoy prizes worth 3x the amount on the pay table.
How to Win on Ramses II
There are 9 win lines crossing 5 reels for this game – so keep in mind that the coin wins are based on 9 coins per spin only. The biggest wins come from hitting 5 of the Ramses symbols, which will trigger a healthy 9000 coins. You’ll get 2500 coins for 4, 250 for 3 and 10 for just 2. This symbol also acts as the wild, combining with other symbols to create extra wins. Note that the scatters are excluded from the list of symbols that the wilds can combine with.
The next biggest prize is shared between an Egyptian god with the head of a dog, and an impressive looking bird statue. Both of these will get you 750 coins for the full set and will also pay all the way down to 2 of a kind. A camel comes next at 400 coins for the full set, with the sphynx and pyramids completing the regular symbols at 250 coins for 5. Playing cards go all the way from ace down to mine to make up the bulk of the symbols.
Scarab Scatters and Free Spins
Scarab beetles are bright blue and pink, and sit on a green background. This symbol is a scatter, meaning it is not tied to any win line. If you hit 3+ on the reels you will trigger the bonus feature, which is 15 free spins. There is also a prize for 2 or more of these in view. If you are lucky enough to hit 5 of them at once you will get 4500 coins, with 180 coins for 4, 45 coins for 3 and 18 coins for just 2.
There is nothing different about the free spins game compared to the regular game in terms of the symbols or the game-play. What you will benefit from is a multiplier on any wins of 3x. This brings the top prize (for 5 Ramses symbols) up to 27,000 coins while the feature is running. You can retrigger the bonus with 3+ scarab beetles during play.
Design and Setup
Not only will you find lots of hieroglyphics around the frame of the reels, there are also ancient Egyptians in various different poses. The reels also have decorations, though these are faded into the background to give prominence to the bold and brightly colored symbols. The graphics are not the most recent, though overall these are nicely drawn. Ramses II himself is the top symbol, looking very striking and zooming out to reveal a throne scene when you hit a win with it. Most of the other animations are flashes. Don’t expect a soundtrack, this type of older slot makes do with the standard computer beep noises that Novomatic use as their trademark.
With only 9 win lines, you will have a wide choice of coin sizes before you spin. There is no extra benefit to playing more coins. You can choose to use auto-play, and as with all Novomatic titles, there is a gamble-after-win option too.
If you enjoy solid Ancient Egypt slots, then this is yet another nice example of just that from the Novomatic range. Ramses II does little to stand out, with somewhat dated graphics and animations. The free spins game is the only highlight (other than the 9000-coin top prize from regular play). This comes with a 3x multiplier, which has the potential to bring you a big windfall. While this is no ‘book of Ra’, if you enjoy this type of theme it is worth taking for a spin.