Tue, Feb 26, 7:04am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:29pm
Ancient Egypt Meets a Multiway-Xtra Setup
There are a lot of pokies based on Ancient Egypt in the IGT range. These include the famous Cleopatra Range. Crown of Egypt takes a fresh approach, with a setup that includes both win-lines and all-ways pays. The graphics are detailed. A sultry looking Cleopatra and handsome Pharaoh feature among many classic Egyptian statues. What you’ll immediately notice about this pokie is the speed. It spins and resolves wins a lot faster than most games! There is a single free spins bonus feature, which uses completely different reels from the base game. This is triggered in an unusual way.
Features Which Set it Apart from Other Pokies
With big wins possible (especially if you choose to combine win-lines and all-ways), there are plenty of great reasons to check out the Crown of Egypt.
The main bonus feature is triggered by lining up symbols on reel 3 only. You need two special symbols (which show a pyramid) to get 10 free spins, with more spins for 3 or 4. You’ll need to click the spin button to get those spins started – at which point the reels change.
This is the classic day for the base game / night for the bonus game concept – though the symbols in play also change. In the base game most of the wins come from the gods (Ra and so on). In the bonus game these are replaced by cats and crocodile statues. The pharaoh and Cleopatra are still in play (as are the playing card symbols).
You can retrigger with more special symbols on reel 3. What I like about this system is that those bonus symbols don’t block line wins as often as on many pokies.
Most pokies either use win-lines or all-ways wins. If you are not familiar with all-ways, this requires symbols to be on consecutive reels from the left (with no full-reel gaps) to trigger a win. With win-lines the symbols have to line up in a designated sequence from the left.
You can play Crown of Egypt with 40 win-lines, paying just 1 coin per line. You can then choose to add on all-ways wins for another 40 coins. This gives you 1024 potential winning combinations (the reels are in a 5×4 format).
There are separate pay tables for each setup. The win-lines pay more, though, with the multiway-Extra setup you’ll be paid more often (especially as wilds will enable more wins that way).
Having two systems does make the prizes more complex. What you’ll find is that this fast pokie adds the wins to your balance and is ready to spin again in seconds!
Cleopatra is the highest paying symbol on both systems. With the all-ways in play, you get 500 coins for 5 of a kind – with 5,000 coins for the 40 win-line setup. The Pharaoh is not far behind; this gets 2,000 coins for 5 in the win-lines, with 350 coins in the all-ways.
After this come the god statues (in the base game) and animal statues in the free spins bonus games. Playing cards – which do have an on-theme design – make up the smaller wins.
Wilds are in play. These substitute for everything except the bonus symbols. They do not have a prize of their own, only appearing on the middle 3 reels.
Around the reels of this pokie are the ruins of an ancient temple. Blue sky is visible above the reels. The symbols are distinctively coloured, making this game suitable for mobile phone sized screens. They have been drawn in a lot of detail, with Cleopatra and the Pharaoh standing out on the reels.
Lack of animation surprised me. This slot feels recent enough to have enjoyed more than the flashing symbols that kick-in when you win. The speed of spins and prize awards makes up for this!
When you get to the bonus games, the symbols change, giving you a fresh set of reels.
This is an enjoyable, fast and solid pokie which works well on mobile devices. The setup is unusual, you can add all-ways to the win-lines for added action. There is only a single bonus game – free spins. This uses different reels to keep things fresh – though is otherwise standard or IGT pokies.