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Isis is a video pokie first produced in the summer of 2006 by Microgaming Solutions. This online poker machine game has twenty-five available pay lines and five reels, also accepting multiple coin sizes and wager amounts.
The theme of the game, if you haven’t already guessed from the title, is based on Egyptian mythology. Isis was the Egyptian goddess of nature and magic, a fitting theme for a video pokie since she was the patron goddess of sinners and artists. Microgaming’s Isis pokie includes a feature rewarding fee spins, multiplier features (some which also multiply free spin winnings), and a side game that acts as a gamble feature whereby players can choose to go after a win that’s as much as four times bigger than the prize they’ve just won.
The game’s extra features, meaning the wild and scatter symbols, free spin game, and the gamble side wager, make Isis one of Microgaming’s most popular titles among online pokies players looking to increase the value of their bets. The title does not have a progressive top prize – instead, the highest fixed jackpots range from a win of 5,000 credits all the way up to 10,000 credits. Those big wins can be multiplied by the appearance of a few different symbols on the reels, as discussed later.
Available credit sizes range from $0.01 up to $0.25 per credit. Since gamblers can bet as many as ten coins per line on up to twenty-five lines, the actual betting range is from a penny up to $62.50 making the Isis pokie adaptable to bankrolls of many different sizes.
The ancient Egyptian mythological theme is easy on the eyes, and since this is a more recent Microgaming creation, only around for about six years as of this writing, the graphics are a bit more modern and the game play more fluid. The game’s symbols include all sorts of mysterious hieroglyphic elements like magic amulets, eyes, flying hawks, and the traditional online pokie high card symbols of 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace.
The game’s two most important symbols are the flying hawk and the image of the goddess Isis. These two symbols are the free spin / scatter symbol and the wild symbol respectively. The wild Isis symbol triggers not only the completion of winning combos; it also doubles all wins, not just on the spin that produced her image but on a specific number of spins after her appearance.
The image of hawks in flight initiate two features at the same time – as the game’s scatter symbol, they hand out free spins if three or more hawks appear anywhere on the reels and lines, not necessarily in a line and it is not required that they appear on an active line.
Pokies fans looking for fully-featured online games should take notice of Isis because the game provides many of the extras that modern online poker machine play offers. Spinning three or more of the game’s flying hawk symbols on any of the five reels triggers the game’s free spins feature. A player’s total of free spins won depends on the number of hawk symbols that appear – three hawks is worth twenty free spins, four hawks doles out twenty-five such spins, and the maximum five hawk symbols pays out the largest number, a total of thirty spins for free.
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All free spin wins are multiplied by six, so really the total of spins the bettor wins is between 120 and 180, though the hawk symbols are fairly rare, appearing less often than on free spin pokies that hand out fewer plays during this type of round. All free spin wins include an option for re-triggering.
The gamble side-bet feature mentioned above gives players the chance to either double or quadruple a winning combination’s value. Each time the player hits a win of 500 credits or more, they are given the option of laying an additional wager (the same size as the bet that led to the win) in order to take a chance on increasing the size of their jackpot.
Players who choose this side game make a guess as to the colour and suit of the bonus game’s playing cards – five cards are then dealt, and if the bettor guessed two of them correctly, the win is doubled. For the player to quadruple his win, he has to guess all five cards correctly. If the player doesn’t guess at least two correct images, they forfeit their win entirely, so caution in choosing to play the side gamble feature is smart for bettors looking to maintain some control over their bankroll.
As for the game’s wild symbol, that is represented by an image of Isis. Isis’ image can substitute for any symbol in the game (except for the bonus or scatter symbol) to form a winning combination. All wins that come thanks to the appearance of the goddess are doubled, regardless of the number of Isis symbols that appear.
Since every win during the Free Spins feature can be multiplied by a power of up to six, and since these free spin wins can also be re-triggered, the actual top jackpot for this pokie is listed as 600,000 credits, but that’s only in the rare case that a player lines up the top jackpot win and triggers the free spins game as well as the random multiplier of 6x while re-triggering the bonus as often as the game will allow.
The Isis pokie is often listed as one of Microgaming’s titles with the highest variance. That just means that the software is designed to pay out a lot of small prizes and very few of the biggest possible payouts in the game. Sometimes, because of the game’s high amount of variance, Isis even gets listed as a high-roller game on pokie reviews and at player forums, though the game allows bets as low as $0.01 and credit size only goes up to a quarter.