Tue, Feb 26, 7:32am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:29pm
A Cool Pharaoh and Big Free Spins Bonus Game
Not many Pharaohs wear shades like the only you’ll find in the Pharaoh’s Fortune pokies from IGT. This guy sports a grin which tells you he is making the most of the riches of the Ancient Egyptian empire. If you enjoy 1980’s pop songs, this is definitely the pokie for you. You will hear musical snippets of ‘Walk Like an Egyptian’ by the Bangles when you win – followed by the full song (with lyrics) during the main bonus feature.
There are plenty of ways to win on Pharaoh’s Fortune. Wilds and scatters will help you accumulate wins in the base game. The focus is on the free spins, where a picks round will determine how many free spins you get and at what win multiplier.
Key Reasons to Give Pharaoh’s Fortune A Spin
Bonus symbols show a grinning Pharaoh’s mask – without the sunglasses. These only appear on the first 3 reels, and you need to line them up on one of the 15 win-lines to trigger the feature.
This takes you through a doorway to a scene with a pyramid of blocks. Underneath these you will see that you have been awarded 3 free spins, and a multiplier of 1x. From here you pick the blocks. Most of them will say ‘+1 Free Spin’ underneath. Some of them up your multiplier (to a maximum of 5x). What you want to avoid are the few stone blocks which tell you that your free spins are starting.
When your free spins start, you’ll hear ‘Walk Like an Egyptian’ being played. The symbols change into party-mode. This includes the Pharaoh wearing shades, the Sphinx dancing and the hieroglyphics in dancing style poses.
This game is not only about the fun graphics. There are some benefits:
When you complete your spins, you go to a new screen with a picture of a boat on the Nile, and the total of your wins displayed.
This game uses a lower than usual 15 win-lines – with a minimum bet set at 2 coins per line (30c and up).
Scatter symbols show a golden scarab beetle. These are not connected to the win-lines, instead paying out based on how many are in view when the reels stop. If you get a scarab scatter on every reel, 50x your total bet is coming your way. You get 10x that bet for 4, 5x for 3 and 2x your bet for just 1 in view.
Wilds show a pyramid in the base game and cool Pharaoh in the free spins game. These have a huge 10,000-coin prize if you get 5 on a win-line. Note that this is the only prize not subject to the multiplier for your free spins bonus.
Other high paying symbol are hieroglyphics, with a colourful bird paying 1000 coins and pair of people 600. No playing cards or gem symbols are used as fillers on the reels. Your smaller wins come from animals and the familiar Egyptian eye symbol.
While I have seen Egyptian pokies which go for the glamour angle (with Cleopatra especially), this is the first comedy Pharaoh I have seen. This gives Pharaoh’s Fortune a lighter feel than many other Ancient Egypt games.
During the base game things are sedate. There is a throbbing tune, which gives a modern feel, though the symbols are fairly standard. These come to life in the free spins bonus – moving into full party mode. That familiar song, plus a shade wearing Pharaoh, makes accumulating your guaranteed wins a lot of fun. Look out for some nice small touches, like the people pictured in the hieroglyphics dancing together when their symbols get involved in a win.
For a fresh take on the familiar Ancient Egypt pokie theme, it is hard to beat Pharaoh’s Fortune from IGT. For the most part, the game is relaxing – though with plenty of big win opportunities from the wild symbols and scarab scatters. It is the free spins bonus that makes this pokie a must play. If you got lucky during the picks bonus, you could be looking at guaranteed wins with a big multiplier.