We return to the Giza pyramids in pursuit of riches in this Pragmatic Play-powered video slot inspired by ancient Egypt. The majestic pyramids, one of the most revered man-made monuments ever built, are cloaked in mystery and folklore, with explanations ranging from freemasons to extraterrestrials. Given this, it’s easy to see why pyramids are such a popular motif in the gaming industry.
5 reels, 3 rows, and 20 paylines make up Egyptian Fortunes’ rather simple reel arrangement. Playable on all platforms from as little as 0.20 up to 100 Eur per spin, it caters to both low-rollers and high-rollers with its default RTP of 96.50%. Energy Spins provide an advantage in the main game by awarding Re-Spins whenever a successful combination occurs. Free games can be played on a special set of reels with a reduced amount of symbols (often just three).
While adequate, the scenario lacks originality and is quite predictable. It’s an identical replica of the Ancient Egypt Classic product from the same developer. The reels spin to the usual loop of Arabian music used in Egyptian slot machines, which are framed by pillars covered in hieroglyphics and animated burning torches. Anubis, Horus, Bastet, and Hathor, among others, populate the reels alongside the standard A through 10 royal symbols. Tutankhamun is the most valued regular symbol, paying out 50 times the bet for 5 on a payline. The wild symbol, a gold building with two cobra heads, stands in for all other symbols (excluding the bonus scatter) and multiplies your wager by 250 for 5 of a kind. It occurs exclusively on reels 2 and 4 during the bonus round.
Features of Egyptian Fortunes (a Realistic Role-Playing Game)
The Energy Spins feature is activated by getting specific winning combinations in the main game (the conditions are not detailed in the paytable), and it awards you with a predetermined amount of re-spins represented by an energy meter in the upper left corner of the screen. There’s little more to it other than the extra complimentary spins, however with seemingly endless retriggers on offer, there is a possibility to hit some significant cash payouts.
You’ll need to get three bonus scatters on reels 1, 3, and 5 all at once to trigger the free spins bonus and the Pharaoh’s secret treasure tomb. You’ll get 6 free spins during which just 3 regular symbols (chosen at random) will show on the reels with the wild, greatly enhancing your odds of forming winning combos. Unfortunately, you can never get a full screen of any symbol because none of them show stacked on the reels. Since there is no bonus scatter in play, there is no chance to retrigger the feature, limiting the maximum payout to no more than 309 times the wager.
Egypt’s Lucky Dice (A Realistic Game): Final Score
You may put your creative thinking cap on hold because the theme has none. In fact, Pragmatic Play doesn’t really try to push the envelope, and Egyptian Fortunes isn’t exactly brimming with originality while not being a carbon copy of anything else. This wouldn’t normally be a problem, but when added to the absurd payments, it becomes a catastrophe. The maximum payout is set at 309 times your initial wager, which we had to verify several times to be sure wasn’t a misprint.
Egyptian Fortunes is a Pragmatic Play slot with a little higher bonus frequency, tamer variance, and almost no potential. A pity, all the same. Overall, it’s a fun game, and the additional feature has the potential to be a game-changer. However, it fails miserably in the end because of its lack of promise.