3 Tiny Gods: Overview
Microgaming partner Foxium, the studio famous for the quirky Boom Pirates, return with a slot set in Ancient Egypt. The studio does seem to enjoy doing things a little differently, so this isn't your typical Egypt based slot. Instead of emotionless gods that inspire terror as much as devotion, they have taken the opposite angle. Like Muppet Babies, these are gods of the 'pint-sized' variety as Foxium aptly describe them. Each one has a different power (reel modifier) to help players on their goal to discover riches.
Actually, the game's mission is a bit more specific. As always, the overarching goal is to win as many coins as possible. However, Foxium has a side mission for intrepid explorers. The Pharaoh has tasked you with unlocking the secrets of heaven to find treasure locked in an old ruler's vault. To do so requires releasing the three gods Horus, Bastet, and Anubis to lend you their powers.
Sounds great, but what does that all mean in practice? For one, 3 Tiny Gods uses a 5 reel, 30-payline format, transparent so you can take in the night time view of The Pyramids in the distance. The juiciest visual, from a purely materialistic standpoint, is the three jackpot values listed above the reels. A rhythmic soundtrack accompanies the gaming, a little generic, yet enjoyable nonetheless. Like Boom Pirates, Foxium has gone for a cartoon vibe rather than a serious tone which has been executed nicely.
By default, 3 Tiny Gods is playable from 10 p/c to £/€50 per spin. If you choose to engage the Foxify feature, then bets increase by 50%. When activated, the Foxify option increases the chances of triggering the Mystery of Horus feature and free spins. There is no mention of whether Foxify affects RTP, which remains constant on 96.4%, while volatility clocks in at medium.
Despite dealing in deities, 3 Tiny Gods keeps things grounded when it comes to gameplay. After the ludicrous number of pay ways in Boom Pirates, 3 Tiny Gods makes do with just 30 paylines. Players need at least three of a kind on a payline from the first reel to form a winner.
Included in the paytable are 9 regular symbols - 4 low, 5 high. The low pays are card suits shaped from precious stones, while highs are Bastet, Anubis, Horus, The Queen, and The Pharaoh. The Pharaoh is the most valuable regular, worth 20 times the stake in a combination of 5. The golden wild is even more valuable at 100 times the bet for a line of five. The wild can also replace any other pay symbol to help create a winning combination.
3 Tiny Gods: Features
The characters in 3 Tiny Gods might be small, but the features list is not, offering 3 reel modifiers – Mystery of Horus, The Gift of Bastet, Wrath of Anubis, plus free spins, jackpots, and a bonus buy option.
On any spin, the Mystery of Horus feature may be activated to cover 2 or 3 adjacent reels in eye symbols. The stacks shatter to reveal a random common symbol. This could be anything, except scatters. There's also a Gift of Bastet feature which can trigger on any non-winning spin. In activated, the cat god Bastet appears to shuffle the reels, possibly creating a winning combination.
Free spins are triggered when 3 scatter symbols land on reels 1, 3, and 5. The round starts with 8 free spins in which players gain access to the Wrath of Anubis feature. On any free spin, Anubis can award 3 more free spins, up to a maximum of 12 extra. He also removes the lowest value symbol from the reels until the feature ends, or when all low pays have been removed. In addition, The Mystery of Horus feature is activated on every single free spin.
Finally, there's also a jackpot bonus included in the game. On any base game spin, a bunch of coins may appear on one of the symbols. These coins are collected in a pot on top of the reels, creating chances to trigger the Jackpot bonus game. This game involves spinning columns of scratchable boxes to reveal one of three jackpots - the Mini, Midi, and Maxi, which award 15x, 100x, or 5,000 times the bet respectively.
Players who can't wait for free spins to land organically may use the bonus buy option to access it directly instead. This costs 75 times the bet and immediately triggers 8 free spins.
3 Tiny Gods: Verdict
Well, 3 Tiny Gods might not make the immediate impression Boom Pirates did. It's more conventional at first glance. However, it has bags of charisma which creates a feel-good factor, tempting you to play. Once in, the game has a high build quality, and its affable characters make it easy to stick around to see what it can do. The good news is the features are fun and potential is respectable.
It might not be anywhere near as innovative as Bomb Pirates, but 3 Tiny Gods feels like a more satisfying game. One of Boom Pirates criticisms was the insanely high number of win ways vs the relatively modest maximum win they produced. 3 Tiny Gods is the opposite. It grounds the gameplay while pepping up potential, where wins of up to 5,000 times the stake are possible.
For some Ancient Egypt slots action in a lighter setting, 3 Tiny Gods is quite a good option. It's got all the right ingredients to make a fun slot, with plenty of x-factor from its 'pint-size' design. You don't need us to tell you the Egyptian aisle at your local operator is probably overflowing with choices, many of them great. Despite the overcrowding and its diminutive stature, 3 Tiny Gods manages to stand out thanks to its entertaining gaming and a charming treatment of the theme.
3 Tiny Gods is a charming and rather unique game which should work for casual and veteran gamers alike.