Compared to many pokies with Ancient Egypt themes, Coins of Egypt has a dark and brooding feel. There is a battle between ancient gods in front of the slot reels. Those reels slope backwards from the player’s perspective. They could be on the side of a pyramid. Above you’ll see a fiery orange sky with clouds whizzing past. On the reels the familiar symbols are darker, and as you’d expect from NetEnt, the animations are high-quality.
There are some unique aspects to the game play as well as the theme. Coins from the name appear on top of some symbols. These can trigger instant wins. When you hit the free spins bonus, those coins take on new life. Here are the highlights of this low to medium variance slot:
During play in the base game, you will notice some symbols have small gold coins. These appear on the bottom right corner, and don’t affect the winning combinations with the symbols they appear on.
Sometimes you’ll get multiple coins from the same spin.
Mostly, nothing happens with these coins. What you want to see is the gold and blue striped pharaoh’s mask on reel 5. This triggers a short animation. The mask opens, revealing a flaming altar and the coins shoot towards this. You win the amounts shown on the coins, multiplied by your line bet.
Mysterious looking orbs appear on reels 1, 3, and 5. All 3 are needed to trigger the free spins. Unusually, you won’t get a fixed number of spins. Instead they continue until you win one of 3 progressive coin totals.
The setting changes to the inside of a temple. Along the bottom are 3 angled stone ridges, each with 3 holes.
Every time you spin a coin will appear on each of the first 3 reels. These are colour-coded and have small animations with wings. The totals appear in 3 boxes above the reels. On reel 5 are 3 animal themed special symbols (a snake and so on). These trigger another animation with a glowing laser-like light filling one of the 3 holes on the bottom part of your screen.
Over on the left you’ll see the number of spins you have enjoyed. Regular wins, and extra coins added to the boxes above, will keep going. When you fill one of the 3 rows of holes, that is the coin pot you win. This also ends the free spins in spectacular style. Rocks fall from above, completely hiding the reels.
You can enjoy this pokie on mobile devices as well as computers. The spin button will move to the right in the mobile view, appearing underneath the reels on a desktop. NetEnt have used the popular 5×4 grid for the reels, with their usual 20 win-lines.
Big line hits are possible with a mystic golden creature that looks like a cross between a lady and a bird. This is worth 1500 coins for 5 of a kind. A cat / person cross and warrior with green glowing eyes come next. Followed by a dog and scorpion.
The filler symbols are all scarab beetles. There are 5, each with a different design.
While Ancient Egypt is a popular pokie theme, there are few games as beautifully designed as Coins of Egypt. Pulsating traditional music plays while you spin. Those sloped reels give a unique feel from the start, though it is the dark feel of the game which really makes it stand out.
Animations on the symbols are stunning. These include the golden creature staring right at you with golden glowing eyes and the pharaoh’s mask opening to reveal the altar. When the free spins begin, those creatures on reel 5 will start some excellent sequences.
It is rare to find a fresh take on pokie gaming within such a popular theme. Coins of Egypt is a fresh new game both visually and in terms of game play. The theme is dark and brooding, with amazing animations and atmospheric music. Coins on the reels can give instant hits in the base game. These are in addition to some regular line wins. When you get the free spins bonus, coin wins accumulate. Your free spins will continue until you win one of the 3 pots.