Pharaoh’s Fortune Slot Review
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Pharaoh’s Fortune is a very good Egyptian themed slot game from IGT (WagerWorks). The soundtrack, the symbols and the entire interface is entirely dedicated to the theme – including the ornate spin button. In this game you can earn up to 25 free spins with a 6 x multiplier, spin away in the free spins bonus game and set the quality as you wish with the quick help menu. Play for free or with real money. This is not the first brilliant historical slot game from IGT, and it also works great on your mobile phone or tablet.
Theme, characters and environment
We like when a game developer really takes a theme and take it all the way, no holding back. This is such a game, meaning that you can dive deep into the gaming experience and almost smell the Egyptian spices and the cool touch of the inside of the tomb of the Pharaoh. The colour palette is rich and warm with shades of browns, reds and yellows. And to spice it all up a bit more, the music is really upbeat, which might explain why the Pharaoh on the game logo has sunglasses on. It is hot in there, can you handle the heat?
Theme and characters
All things ancient Egypt is the baseline for this slot game, with characters like:
- The eye of Horus
- The sun god Ra
- Tutankhamun and the magic Scarab
- Snake, dog, owl, a pyramid, etc.
Environment and atmosphere
This game has 15 paylines in the base game and when the free spins bonus game is activated an additional five paylines are added to the game. Pharaoh’s Fortune has an auto spin feature that can be used to play the game automatically for a given number of games. When you use this mode the spins continue at the current line bet and with the same number of paylines. Bets per line range from 0.10 to 2.00, which can accommodate a variety of budgets. This can be turned off and on and the player pleases.
You can also adjust the quality of the graphics to get the optimal animation performance. Choose between Best (Highest quality graphics, might effect performance), High (this is default, and it balances graphics and performance), Medium (lower quality for slower machines) and Low (minimal graphics for every slow computers).
Symbols and soundtrack
With a very coherent theme that is well-designed and quite creative, we get to play with symbols that are typical for this historical era. The eye of Horus for example, is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power and good health. Horus is the mythical sky God, and the eye is therefore representative of the sun and the sun god Ra.
Amongst the special symbols in this game we see the Pharaoh’s Fortune logo (wild), the Blue Scarab (scatter) and the Bonus symbol is adorned with the Green Pharaoh. All their functions and features are explained below in the “Bonus options” section.
For the free spins enthusiasts there is a lot of action going on in this game. In the free spins bonus game there are 20 paylines instead of 15 which is the standard, and it is possible to get up to 999 free spins per bonus game.
The free spins bonus will be triggered when you get at least three bonus symbols on any active payline. Remember that the bonus symbols only show up on reels 1, 2 and 3. When you enter this bonus game you are awarded with three free spins and a 1X multiplier. Before the bonus game starts you are offered to make a pick secret panels from the Pharaoh’s tomb, which may or may not lead to extra free spins, additional multipliers, or simply move you ahead to the bonus game. If you pick a panel that gives you an extra gift, there is always another pick in store for you, until you pick an empty panel and the game starts. The best part? Each spin during the free spins bonus game is a guaranteed win. In addition to any line win and/or any scatter win, each spin awards 3X Bonus Multiplier X activating line bet.
During this exciting free spins bonus game, you are playing with 20 paylines instead of 15, and to spicy it up this feature has entirely different symbols and winning combinations. Make sure you place your get right as you start the original game, as the same line bet is fixed during the free spins as well, for all 20 paylines. Should you be so lucky that you retrigger the free spins bonus, you get additional free spins equal to the initial number of free spins at the start of the free spins round. This can go on and on up to a maximum of 999 free spins per bonus.
It is the Pharaoh’s Fortune logo that is the game’s Wild symbol, but there is also an extra wild that comes in form of the Sphinx. The Pharaoh’s Fortune logo is the highest paying symbol if you get 5 of a kind, and just like you expect a wild symbol to do, it substitutes for all other symbols except the Pharaoh bonus symbol and the Blue Scarab scatter.
The scatter symbol in this game is represented by the Blue Scarab, and the Bonus symbol is the Green Pharaoh. Players that get a minimum of two scatters anywhere on the reels in one spin, gets their winning amount doubled. If you are lucky enough to get 3, 4, or 5 Scatters in one spin, anywhere on the reels, you get heavier multipliers of 5x, 10x, and 15x. So basically, the more the merrier, as is often the case with the wonderful scatter that we all appreciate. In the free spins bonus game the scatter is different, and winnings are generated according to a different paytable. And, as mentioned before, the bonus games has 20 paylines instead of 15.
Pros and cons of the slot
This is a fantastic game full of interesting features, regardless of whether you are totally into ancient Egypt or not. The soundtrack really amps up the gaming experience and makes it extra fun to spin the reels. We are absolutely impressed by the free spins bonus game, that even has a pre-game for extra bonuses.
- Free spins bonus game
- Up to 25 free spins with a 6x multiplier
- Really great graphics
- Scatters, wilds and multipliers
- RTP at 96.53%
- No progressive jackpot
- Low amount of paylines
Ancient Egypt is a very popular theme in the world of slot games, so there are a few different options available if you want to explore it further. You could try Book of Ra, Egypt Sky, Cleopatra, Eye of Horus, Crown of Egypt, Cat Queen or Gold of Ra. There are about 100 slot games on this theme.
Where to play
This game can be played at a selection of certified casinos, like Casumo, Coral Casino, Videoslots, SlotsUp and bet365. If you get free spins in your bonus, make sure that they are valid on this game, as there might be some restrictions in place.