Secret of the Sands Slot Game
There are a lot of Ancient Egypt themed games in the Novomatic range of casino slots. I have to say that none of them look remotely similar to Secret of the Sands – which takes the design into a new direction.
You’ll immediately see that there are two sets of reels, with a very vivid Egyptian queen (presumably Cleopatra) reclining above them. There is some familiar game play for the free spins bonus game, where the mystic book symbol selects a random symbol to expand on the reels. This was pioneered in the popular ‘Book of Ra’ slot, and can now be found in a lot of different Novomatic slots!
How to Win on Secret of the Sands
Each of the two sets of reels works independently. Each has 10 win lines, and the symbols or wilds do not transfer between the two. This means that wins are the standard 3+ from the left – just twice for each spin.
You’ll want to see the mystic book on the reels as often as possible. This has two roles – substituting for other symbols and second kicking off the free spins bonus game. You can win 2000 coins for 5 of a kind, 200 for 4 and 20 for just 3.
The biggest regular prize comes via the Cleopatra symbol, which will get you 5,000 coins for lining up 5, 1000 coins for 4, 100 coins for 3 and 10 coins for just 2 from the left on either (or both) sets of reels. No Egyptian slot would be complete without a scarab beetle, and this very detailed graphic will get you 2000 coins for the full 5. Some statues / urns are next at 750 coins and then some golden urns which also get you 750 coin. Playing card symbols are nicely designed to fit with the theme, and make up the numerous small wins you’ll receive while playing
Random Symbols in the Free Spins Game
You’ll only get 5 free spins to start the bonus game with – though keep in mind that this is on 2 sets of reels (you only need to get 3 bonus symbols on one of them to kick things off). The first thing you’ll see is the book showing a rapid sequence of symbols, stopping on one at random which becomes your special expanding symbol for the duration of the bonus.
When your symbol lands, it will multiply, covering one or more entire reels and creating more wins. This then pays based on the total number in view – as well as the extra win line combinations completed. You can retrigger for 5 more spins with 3 more book symbols on either set of reels.
The design of this slot really does stand out on the casino floor – not only in comparison with other Novomatic games, but compared to the Egypt slots of many other slot software houses too. The background has a very sand-like texture, and the Cleopatra is beautifully drawn. Above her the logo appears to glow in fiery gold, with detailed icons either side.
Each set of reels is a different color, with a blue set on the left and a red set on the right. The symbols are identical for each set. Some of these are very detailed, especially the scarab beetle, which is a very detailed design. There are small animations for wins, which have a modern feel to them compared to the usual flashing or size changes you get with most Novomatic slots.
Sounds are a good mix, especially during the bonus game where the music is continuous. You’ll find some of the standard Novomatic sounds still in play – including the ticking sound that alerts you to the gamble-after-win feature.
2x 10 Win Line Setup
The setup is simple, there are two completely separate sets of reels, each with 10 win lines – which means you spin for 20 coins each time. How many coins you play per line is entirely up to you, and there is the obligatory auto-play option available too.
This is an enjoyable fresh take on a tried and trusted old theme. The two reels keep things engaging during the base game – and gives you double the winning chances of most similar games. This includes twice the chance of getting a bonus – where your mystery symbol will give you a shot at some bigger wins. It is the graphics which really make this slot stand out from the many other Ancient Egyptian slot choices out there – check out Secrets of the Sand for yourself soon!