Ankh of Anubis (Play’n GO): Overview
Yes, we know what you're thinking right now. What's up with Play'n GO's fixation on ancient Egypt. With titles like Book of Dead, Rise of Dead, Legacy of Egypt, Doom of Egypt, and Legacy of Dead, the Play'n GO storage room must be starting to look like the British Museum with all the Egyptian merch laying around. It's not the theme itself that's necessarily the problem though, it's the fact that the games are getting hard to distinguish from each other in almost every aspect possible. Thankfully, when it comes to the Ankh of Anubis slot there is a twist to the tale that makes it stand out and which offers some much needed variation.
The first sign that you're about to embark on a different kind of journey is the somewhat unusual 3-4-4-4-3 reel format. This setup, along with the 576 win-all-ways approach, offers a vastly different gaming experience compared to the other Egpytian themed slots that stick to the traditional 5x3 format. Digging deeper into the technical data reveals that the game is quite volatile, although not as much as Book of Dead for example. The more benign volatility in combination with a default RTP of 96.2% should, in theory at least, offer slightly longer sessions. You can play it from as little as 10 c/p up to €/£100 per spin across all devices, including iOS and Android.
Another thing that you might notice upon booting up the slot is the interesting mix of ancient Egyptian elements and a futuristic feel. With a super massive planet set just above the horizon along with what appears to be high-tech structures and pyramids in the backdrop, we are probably dealing with an alien civilization here. The idea is not as far out as you might think. A fringe hypothesis known as the Orion correlation theory has tickled the imagination of people for decades and has even lead to discussions about ancient astronauts. In any case, spinning on the reels you will see J, Q, K, and A royal values alongside more rewarding riches in the form of bracelets, king crown's, scarab beetles, and ankhs. The latter is the most lucrative, giving you 5 times your stake for a five of a kind combo. Anubis, the protector of the gates of the underworld, is the wild and substitutes for all regular symbols - 5 on a payline will grant you 10 times your total stake.
Ankh of Anubis (Play’n GO): Features
Ankh of Anubis is not a particularly feature-heavy slot, but those that are on offer are exceptionally potent. In the base game, big wins may arrive with the help of the Anubis Wild feature. Triggered randomly, it will add wild symbols to the reels and can appear 1, 2, 3, or 4 symbols high.
The highlight is the Free Spins feature which is played when 3 or more pyramid scatter symbols land in view - 3, 4, or 5 scatters will reward you with 10, 15, or 20 spins respectively. The bonus can also be retriggered by landing 3 or more scatters - with no limit. Now, collecting 5 Ankh symbols will trigger the Anubis Wilds feature. When the required number of Ankhs has been reached, wild symbols will be added to the reels to help create winning combinations. The effect plays at the end of the spin. Results will be calculated and paid accordingly. Collection of the Ankhs carries over multiple game rounds during free spins. The collection meter resets at the end of the feature.
Ankh of Anubis (Play’n GO): Verdict
The most interesting part about Ankh of Anubis is not the reel format, the theme or even the mechanics at play. It's the fact that it's the highest potential slot ever released by Play'n GO (at the time of writing). You're looking at a max win of 15,000 times the stake here. Not massive compared to providers like Blueprint Gaming and Big Time Gaming, but significantly higher than what we're used to when it comes to Play'n GO. Another interesting aspect is the probability of landing the max win. It's low, of course, but at the same time not as ridiculously low as in most of the other games from this provider.
In terms of gameplay, Ankh of Anubis is quite simple and straightforward. Due to the not-so-brutal volatility, it will probably appeal to casual players as much as it will to hardcore gamers thanks to the high potential. One thing is for sure, Play'n GO has created another winner that is likely to generate a whole lot of sweet screenshots and youtube-videos for all of us to admire.
For more high variance, high potential action from Play'n GO we suggest to have a look at the 2020 release Fortunes of Ali Baba which offers wins of over 9,000 times the stake.
The Ankh of Anubis gameplay isn’t revolutionary, but those who feel adrenaline is one of the basic food groups will get your money’s worth here.