The title of this Konami pokie is a subtle play on words. While you might think of the proud pharaohs or Egyptian gods, the pride here refers to a pride of lions. There is a pharaoh lion, Cleopatra lioness and even some cats-eyes in the mysterious pyramid scatter symbols. Other pokie symbols are bright, with gold a big component. They include daggers, a fan and a flag.
Reel 1 has a frame around it, which adds a unique element to the slot game play. You can win up to 255 free spins at a time, each of these coming with a win multiplier bonus plus the ability to retrigger. Here is that makes the Pride of Egypt pokies unique:
Staked symbols are chosen at random each time you spin. This is common for Konami pokies. It can lead to the entire grid of reels being covered in the same symbol on some lucky spins.FF
Pride of Egypt has another way to get the same symbols covering the reels.
You’ll notice a golden frame around reel 1 on the left. This has crystals in the shape of a cat’s head at the top and bottom. Most of the time, this frame does not affect your play. If you get the same symbol on all 3 rows within the frame, it comes to life. With mystic lightning style effects, the reel now moves right over the other reels. It will stop, adding identical reels on between 1 and 4 of these.
If it adds 4 reels, you just covered all 30 win-lines for a big hit. If not, then the other reels will spin, and you’ll be hoping for matching symbols or wilds (the big cat pharaoh) in the gaps.
With 255 free spins possible from 1 base game spin, this pokie certainly beats the 20 to 30 maximum of most games. Mystic pyramid symbols need to be on win-lines from the left to trigger these. 3, 4 or 5 get 5, 10 or 15 spins. These symbols come stacked on many reels. While you can’t quite cover the entire reels with them, it is possible to cover up to 17 lines. This gets you a staggering 255 free spins! Even better, you can retrigger for yet more spins during play.
Before your free spins start, you get to choose whether you take a random cash award instead. This is a simple pick, with the two offers either side of a set of scales.
The main difference for these bonus spins is that all wins come with a 2x multiplier. The frame feature and action stacks are still in play.
With a regular 30-line setup, many players will add a multiplier to their bet. Up to 10x is possible at 1c denomination, making the max bet $3. Konami use the regular 5 reel, 3-row setup for this game.
The lion pharaoh, complete with pointed beard with a gold and red jewel, is the wild. This appears singly, and in stacks. It will substitute for anything except the pyramid bonus symbols. 5 of a kind are worth 500 coins. Next comes the lioness, with Egyptian head-dress. This is followed by a ring, fan, flag and dagger. Playing cards aces down to nines complete the symbols.
The pyramid bonus symbols used in this pokie are certainly alien. Not only are there complex inscriptions on them, you’ll find planets whizzing around, plus those cats’ eyes staring at you from the top. The whole unit appears to be levitating. Compared to the jovial looking lion pharaoh, and the puns for the ‘pride’ of big cats – this is certainly out there!
There are some excellent animations. When you get the frame filled with the same symbols, magical lightning appears. Individual symbols are also animated. Overall, this is a high-quality production.
While there are a lot of Ancient Egypt pokies out there, I have yet to come across one with this combination of lions, aliens and pharaohs! The game play is quirky too, with the magic frame and ability to trigger 100’s of free spins combining to make Pride of Egypt stand out. Your biggest wins will come when you cover the entire grid of reels with the lion pharaoh. If you do this in the bonus games, your wins will be doubled.