The mysteries of Ancient Egypt and the river Nile is a popular theme for slots makers. The best known example is IGT’s Cleopatra games. King of the Nile is a retro live casino slot from Aristocrat. This is part of a range of games which started with Queen of the Nile, includes Love on the Nile and has recently been updated with Queen of the Nile 2. The reels on this game do have that dated ‘end of the 1990’s’ look to them – though as you would expect from Aristocrat games the emphasis is very much on playability.
This is a 20 line video slot with 5 reels, the symbols are the classics – the pyramids, eye symbol and of course the King (or should that be pharaoh) himself. If you know Aristocrat pokies, then you will immediately recognize several features. First the distinct noise when the reels stop is included, second the retro computer generated tunes for wins are present and third the standard playing card designs make up the lower paying symbols.
There is a relatively simple free spin feature in this game, though once this ends there is a unique twist which makes things more interesting.
You can create your chosen bet amount by selecting the lines played and credit amount. You can choose one line only if you wish (though with wild symbols in play I prefer the full 20). The total bet amount will be displayed above the reels on the left hand side – along with the credits you have available. Like all Aristocrat slots, King of the Nile has an autoplay option, which can be stopped at any time.
The Pharaoh (King) symbol is both the best paying and the wild in this game. He will substitute for any other symbol except the scatter. With 20 lines in play, a few of these symbols can make up a lot of wins. The eye, ankh, scarab beetle and Egyptian woman in profile make up the rest of the big winning symbols. The standard playing cards add smaller wins, which can add up nicely with the help of some wilds.
Pyramids are the scatter symbols in this slot. There are payouts for these, thought their main function is to trigger the free spins bonus round.
You can gamble any win on the draw of a playing card – choosing either black / red or going for the individual suit.
You’ll need to hit 3 or more of the pyramid scatters to trigger the free spins bonus round. There are 10 spins for 3, 15 for 4 and the max 25 spins for all 5. Wins are tripled while the free spins are in action – thought there are no additional wilds or other distinctive features involved. You can trigger the spins from within the feature by hitting an additional 3+ scatter symbols.
The interesting part comes after the free spins round is completed. At this point you get a choice of keeping your total win, exchanging this for a random prize (which can be higher or lower) or repeating your free spins to aim for a new total. These options can be viable if you end up with a disappointing win amount from your free spins round and do add some interest to some otherwise very straightforward game.
Who Was the King of the Nile? – If you ask who was the Queen of the Nile, the name Cleopatra immediately comes to mind. For Kings, there are several options ranging from Rameses through to Tutankhamun. The ancient Egyptian civilization was one of the most developed societies of its time, going all the way back to 3150 BC. The last King of the Nile was Ptolemy XV, who ruled until 30BC, when the Romans took over.
This slot is very much in the retro camp, and has been largely replaced by Aristocrat’s more recent titles – especially Queen of the Nile 2. If you enjoy simple slots, and the classic Aristocrat gameplay, then this is an entertaining enough game. If you are looking for more feature rich and involved slots, then there are plenty of better options now available.