Fri, May 24, 10:27pm by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:23pm
There is plenty of competition between the online pokies software studios when it comes to Ancient Egypt themed games. These range from classics like IGT’s Cleopatra to the amazing special effects of Sphinx 3D. Pharaoh’s Dream from Bally sits somewhere in the middle of the pack when it comes to design and animations. The smart and functional design includes many symbols familiar to fans of Egyptian pokies – including the ever-present scarab beetles.
When it comes to game play, Pharaoh’s Dream is on the solid end of the spectrum. There are stacked wilds on every reel – making mega wins possible. The only notable bonus game involves free spins. As you will see below, hitting those stacked wilds during the free spins comes with a big boost. Here are the highlights:
During the base game, you’ll see long strips of symbols showing pyramids rushing past as you spin. These are wild symbols and are ‘stacked’ – enabling them to cover a reel completely at times. They won’t always cover an entire reel; you can get 1 or two pyramids contributing to your wins.
If you get 2 or more completely wild reels, you can trigger up to 40 win-lines from a single spin. The dream situation is to cover 4 or 5 reels completely – getting 40 5 of a kind wins.
A golden tomb fit for a Pharaoh is the bonus symbol on Pharaoh’s Dream. You need to hit them on reels 1, 3 and 5 to trigger the feature.
You get 10 free spins, with prizes and bets at the same amount as for the triggering spin.
What happens with the pyramid wilds makes this an interesting and potentially very profitable bonus game. If these wilds land partially on the reels, they behave in the same was as in the base game – simply substituting for the other symbols to create extra wins.
If you get a pyramid fully covering a reel, it will light up! This looks like the Ancient Egyptian equivalent of the light coming from the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas. These wilds will then stay in place for the remainder of your bonus. Sticky wilds can cover reels 2 through 5. If you are lucky enough to get 2 or 3 with several spins to go, this free spins bonus could be very profitable.
There is no retrigger available this time.
This game uses the bigger of the standard reel configurations – with a 5×4 grid of the reels. There are 40 win-lines. As with the majority of Bally pokies, you won’t be able to change the number of win-lines. You can choose a bet multiplier, based on units of 40c per spin.
Wilds have the biggest line prize, followed by the classic ‘Eye of Horus’ symbol. Other higher paying symbols include scarab beetles and the Ankh sign. Playing cards can dominate the reels at times. These are in their usual filler / lower paying symbols role. They can still come in useful when you have several wild reels to connect them.
No prizes for guessing the design elements of Pharaoh’s Dream. These are all classic Ancient Egypt sights and sounds. You’ll find blue pillars, covered in hieroglyphics on either side of the reels. On the reels the symbols are high-quality, yet not remarkable. Tomb (bonus) symbols, which have a striking golden design are the most impressive of these. Unusually the background to the symbols on the reels is active – with a swirling design.
Expect a mix of dramatic electronic sounds, with what the movies tell us Ancient Egyptian music sounded like in the free spins bonus. Things go get busy in the feature with those lit up pyramids adding to the drama. On the whole, animations are understated for this game.
Pharaoh’s Dream from Bally is perfect for players who prefer a solid, enjoyable game to an overly complex one. It holds its own in design, looking smart and spinning smoothly. At the same time, it does not stand out in this crowded niche. The only notable feature involves sticky wilds during the free spins bonus. If you are lucky enough to get multiple wild reels, the Pharaoh’s riches could be coming your way!