Wed, Feb 27, 3:11am by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:27pm
Before you write off Golden Egypt as just another of the 100’s of pokies which cover this topic – check out the stunning design. This is a newer game, which is available both online and in live casinos. The background graphics, animations and sparkling symbols bring Golden Egypt to life. There is also a modern take on a traditional Middle Eastern tune to enjoy while you spin.
There are some unique aspects to the game-play too. Notably, you can get wild reels in the base game when you collect coins above the reels. There are also oversized symbols and a free spins bonus which sees extra wild reels added to the mix. Here are the features which make this Egyptian pokie golden:
Above each of the 5 reels of the Golden Egypt pokies you will see a small box with 2 slots. These are for gold coins, which can appear on any spin. When you get a coin, you will see an animation (separate from the one where you get awarded your win) and the coin will fill one of the two spots.
As part of the animation, the reel gets a golden, shimmering surround. When you get the 2nd coin on a reel, that stays in place for the next 2 spins – and the reel becomes completely wild.
This feature can help bring in multiple wins on any spin. The biggest benefits come when you get 2 or more reels wild at the same time. This can happen when you have multiple coins land on a single spin. They can also overlap, for example reel 2 could be wild, and on the 2nd spin reel 1 goes wild too.
Logo symbols are commonly used for pokie bonuses – and IGT’s Golden Egypt is no exception. You need a minimum of 3 to trigger the main bonus feature. This bonus starts off with a choice of how many free spins and how many wild reels.
You can choose between 1 and 3 randomly wild reels on every spin. The balance is that you will get fewer spins the more wild reels you choose. To complicate things, you get more spins the more bonus symbols you trigger the bonus with.
If you trigger with 5 bonus symbols: You get 90, 45 or 15 spins with 1 to 3 wild reels on every spin.
If you trigger with 10 bonus symbols: You get 60, 30 or 10 spins.
If you trigger with 5 bonus symbols, you get 30, 15 or 5 spins.
As usual with this type of choice, it is the short-term variance at stake. Over the long term, the outcomes will be the same. If you enjoy the shot at a huge win, 3 wild reels is certainly the way to go. If you prefer to play it safe (for example, you might be clearing a slots bonus), then the bigger number of spins and a single wild reel may appeal more.
You won’t miss the highest paying symbol on the reels. This is a stunning golden Pharaoh’s mask. It is oversized, covering 2 rows on the 5×4 reels instead of one.
All the winning symbols are drawn in a lot of detail. These include cleopatra (seen holding a staff with a glowing white gemstone), the ancient god Ra, and the Sphinx. There are no filler symbols for this game. The smaller wins are awarded for lining up detailed pieces of jewellery.
The reels of Golden Egypt are set over a shimmering river Nile. The great pyramids can be seen beyond – set against a fiery orange sky. Reels are backed with purple, standing out against the background. On those reels the symbols are very detailed, plenty of animations and fiery effects help bring Golden Egypt to life.
I have played many Ancient Egypt themed pokies, and very few come close in term of graphics and production to this one. There are some interesting elements to the game-play too. Wild reels can strike at any time as you collect gold coins in the base game. When you hit the free spins bonus, you’ll have to decide. With up to 3 wild reels available at random on every spin, this can be a welcome decision to have to make.