Ancient Egypt is one of the most popular slot themes. Throne of Egypt from MicroGaming has a look and feel that is close to the ‘big one’ in this area – IGT’s Cleopatra. The muted brownish colours, theme tune with pulsating bear and animations all help bring this slot to life. All the classic symbols are in play. These include some gods, the eye of Ra symbol, and of course – the trusty scarab beetle.
Game-play is varied enough for a longer session. Stacked wilds help make the base game interesting. A 3-round picks game and free spins with a win multiplier can be triggered by hitting special symbols.
While the symbols are complex and animated, the setup of this slot is very straightforward. There are 5 reels, and 25 win-lines covering the different routes across these from the left. You can lower the number of lines. I would not recommend this, as the stacked wilds are less effective with fewer lines. Instead you can adjust your coin size (from 1c per line), and if needed, your coin multiplier (up to 10x).
When you have ‘stacked’ wilds in play, there are long strips of these (logo) symbols on the reels. This means that they can cover entire reels. This can help create a lot of wins, especially those times when you get more than 1 reel covered.
Wilds have the biggest line prizes in addition to substituting for other symbols. If you line up 5, you’ll get 2,000 coins. Other prizes are 1,000 coins for 4, 75 for 3 and 10 coins for just 2.
Of the regular symbols, and impressive Pharaoh is the best paying. This guy wears a traditional head-dress and sits on a throne. If you line up 5, you’ll get 1000 coins. Prizes for all the regular symbols start from 3 of a kind. A lady (Cleopatra maybe?) comes next at 500 coins for 5. Two gods, one with a bird head and the other with the head of a dog, follow these.
Smaller wins come from Ancient Egyptian items. There is a golden chest, 3 gold statues, a jewel of a bird and a jewel of a scarab beetle on the reels.
Special eye of Ra symbols can appear on reels 2, 3 and 4. You get 75 coins for 3 and 25 coins for 2 when these appear. 3 of them will trigger a second screen bonus game, where you pick your way to a big prize.
A bricked screen comes in with a message, announcing that you will go to the first bonus chamber. You then see a screen filled with scarab beetles in a diamond formation. Click these to reveal prizes. If you hit a key symbol before ending the game, you’ll go to the next chamber.
This shows eagles. Again, you keep clicking and collecting coins until you either bust out or find a special key. With the key you get to a 3rd chamber, this time showing 3 princesses. You click one, revealing a multiplier for your previous wins.
By contrast with the complex picks game, the free spins are very standard. You need to hit a special bonus symbol on reels 1 and 5 to trigger 15 spins. Each of these comes with a 2x multiplier on any wins. You can retrigger, and you can trigger the bonus game within the free spins too.
There really should be a colour palette called ‘Ancient Egypt Slots’. This would include the exact shades of beige, brown and gold used in almost every slot of this type! Overall, the reels look crowded. The detail of the symbols, and no plain playing card type images to balance things, provide this effect.
Symbols are individually detailed and nicely produced. They each have an animation when you win with them. During the free spins game, the backs of the reels turn black, and a lively music track plays. This contrasts with a pulsating, melodic sounds during the base game.
It is easy for online slots with this theme to become ‘me too’ type games. Throne of Egypt is good enough to be worth a spin. The stacked wilds in the base game can trigger big wins on any spin. The two bonus games give some depth to the game-play. You’ll need to be lucky enough to reach the 3rd chamber to make the picks game really pay. The free spins bonus has doubled wins, which means it is rare to miss some kind of prize!