Sat, May 4, 4:41am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:25pm
Just why scarab beetles were so important in Ancient Egypt is still debated by archaeologists today. These creatures appeared on jewels, seals and on the body of mummies! Ra & the Scarab Temple uses these golden beetles for a unique pokie. When you get special temple symbols, scarabs expand either side. These can cover a lot of the reels in wild symbols – providing plenty of potential for big wins.
This pokie also includes a free spins bonus game where you choose how many spins to take – based on different win multipliers. Add in a smooth, bass-driven theme tune and the high-quality graphics you’d expect from a Bally pokie, and you have a game worth checking out. Here are the highlights:
You’ll long symbols, which take up 4 rows flying past when you spin the reels. These show what looks like a stretched-out pyramid (an obelisk). When this lands on the reels, either fully or partially, the scarabs appear.
These take up the spaces on the reel where the obelisk landed, plus adjacent spaces on the reels on either side. For example, if an obelisk covered all of reel 2, scarabs would fill reels 1, 2 and 3 completely. These symbols hitting somewhere on the reels is reasonably common. They can create sudden big wins out of nowhere. The very best case is to cover all 5 reels with these wilds, this would give you 30x the maximum pay out.
Bonus symbols show a simple gold pot full of coins. These only appear on the middle 3 reels. If you are lucky enough to get all 3, you’ll need to choose how to play out your free spins. The scene will show a snaking sand dune, with the sun setting behind. Different coloured boxes appear – each showing a number of spins and a win multiplier. Here are your options:
You don’t need to be great at mathematics to spot that these all add up to 30. This means that the longer-term outcomes will be the same. What you are picking is how much ‘gamble’ (or volatility) to take for the current bonus.
Normally, red envelopes appear on Asian pokies. Ra & the Scarab Temple take this to Egypt. The idea is simple, you get special red envelope symbols that can appear on reels 1 and 5. If you get both on the same spin, you will win a (relatively small) progressive, which is shown above the reels.
While the obelisks give you some unique game-play, the setup is otherwise a pokie standard. There are 5 reels, each with 4 rows of symbols. 40 win-lines cross over from left to right.
The face-mask of a sarcophagus has the biggest win – this also pays all the way down to 2 of a kind from the left. Next are some symbols familiar to anyone that knows about Ancient Egypt. There is the eye of Ra and an Ankh. A gold ring and flower symbol complete the unique symbols. Playing cards are used for the fillers.
Compared to the detail of some Ancient Egypt pokies, Ra & the Scarab Temple is understated. The action takes place on the side of a temple, with hieroglyphics visible on this and an orange / pink sunset beyond.
The main visual effect comes when the golden scarabs appear. After the spins complete the winning combinations pop out from the reels, 3D style. A smooth jazzy bass tune plays while you spin in the base game. This is replaced by a more Egyptian sounding tune for the free spins bonus.
While Bally have not gone overboard with the visual aspects of Ra & the Scarab Temple, the game-play works well. It is the randomly replicating scarabs which sets this pokie apart. If you are lucky, these can cover the entire reels from a single spin. If you get the 5x multiplier in the free spins, that would be the perfect time to see the ‘wild’ beetles covering the reels!