Desert Dreams is one of many slots that you’ll find online based on an Egyptian theme. However, unlike many which are set firmly in the past, this slot is very much in the present, seen through the eyes of an explorer and his assistant. It looks like they have done a successful job as they have come across a Sarcophagus, a golden coin and a variety of artefacts, all which can be found on the reels. The game features some nice, eye-catching pay outs and a free spins bonus round with an added boost.
This Egyptian themed slot has five reels, with each of the reels showing three symbols. The slot pays from left to right and has a total of 20 win-lines. You can enjoy any number of lines between 1 and 20. After setting the coin value, this will be multiplied by the number of lines to give a total stake for the spin.
The highest paying standard symbol in the game is the female assistant, who holds a clipboard, all set to make notes on any finds. Hit this symbol five times in a row and 2,000 coins will be added to your bankroll. An Egyptian figure holding a spade (not sure at this point which era this character is from, as he is dressed like an ancient Egyptian but he is clearly helping out on the dig!) is next and pays 750 coins, while a smiling camel and a pickaxe are both worth 500 coins.
The standard symbols are completed by a spade, an Ankh, a gold coin, a chipped ancient vase and a compass. It’s very nice to see a slot where the symbols are all relevant to the theme, instead of the usual playing card symbols filling the reels.
The male explorer acts as the wild symbol and will substitute for every other symbol in the game apart from the scatter symbol, enabling more wins. This symbol is also the top paying one in the entire game, with an impressive 4,000 coins heading your way for the maximum five in a row on a win line. Hit four of these wilds in a row and you’ll pocket 1,000 coins, while this symbol will pay all the way down to just a single symbol on reel one, although the pay-out of 2 credits for this is not going to break the bank.
The scatter symbol is represented by a sarcophagus which will bring Tutankhamun to mind. Land 2 of these anywhere across the five reels and you’ll win your stake back, but 3, 4 or 5 will win you 5x, 20x and 100x your stake respectively. More importantly, 3 or more scatters will also see you gain entry into the free spins bonus round.
You’ll have 10 free spins in total and each of these spins has a nice added boost in the fact that every win will be multiplied by 3 (would make for a good time to hit those 5 wilds in a row and bag a 12,000-coin win!). Even more good news is the fact that the feature can be retriggered by landing 3 or more scatters again, seeing 10 more spins added to the existing total.
This Amaya designed slot is not the most striking game you’ll find online, as each of the symbols does look a little basic. However, the cartoon element to the slot does have some appeal. The combination of the hieroglyphics around the outside of the reels and the win line indicators do add some much-needed color to the game, this complemented by the bold and gold title. The accompanying soundtrack is a little basic too, where more of a nod to the theme would have worked better.
Unfortunately, Desert Dream isn’t going to be a dream slot for many. In many ways, the game is just too much like any others. You have a base game with a single wild, while the bonus is a free spins round – there is nothing original about this slot at all. However, the combination of the cartoon style and the fact that that the free spins have a 3x multiplier attached might be worth giving this slot one go. Other Egypt themed slots in the Amaya range include Cleo Queen of Egypt, Treasure of Isis and Valley of the Scarab.