EGYPTIAN FORTUNES – an interesting concept in search of a better game
Energy Re-Spins & Free Spins
Medium variance action
Egyptian Fortunes (Pragmatic Play): Review
In this ancient Egyptian-inspired video slot powered by Pragmatic Play we once again head to the pyramids of Giza in search of big wins. One of the most celebrated man-man structures in history, the magnificent pyramids are shrouded in secrecy and myth that include stories ranging from freemason to aliens, as well as being symbols of power and wealth. With that in mind, it’s not hard to see why the pyramids have become one of the most commonly used themes in gambling.
Egyptian Fortunes is a rather basic slot with a reel set made up of 5 reels, 3 rows and 20 paylines. Delivered with a default industry standard 96.50% RTP, you can play it on all devices from as little as 0.20 up to 100 Eur per spin, making it suitable for both low-rollers and high-rollers. In the base game, you’ll benefit from Energy Spins where certain winning combinations trigger Re-Spins in addition to the cash award. There’s also a free spins feature on offer played on a different reel set involving only three randomly selected symbols.
Though serving the purpose, the setting is a bit generic and comes with few surprises. In fact, it’s a carbon copy of Ancient Egypt Classic by the same provider. Flanked by hieroglyph decorated pillars and animated flaming torches, the reels spin along to a rhythmic, Arabian sound loop typical to Egyptian-themed slots. On the reels you will find A to 10 royals as well as an assortment of Egyptian deities – Anubis, Horus, Bastet, and Hathor. The most valuable of the standard symbols is Tutankhamun who will give you 50 times your stake for 5 across a full payline. The wild, represented by a gold structure with two cobra heads, substitutes for all symbols bar the bonus scatter and is worth 250 times your stake for 5 of a kind. In the bonus, it only appears on reels 2 and 4.
Egyptian Fortunes (Pragmatic Play): Features
Upon landing certain winning combinations in the base game (the paytable does not specify the requirements in detail), the Energy Spins feature is triggered, awarding you a set number of re-spins visualised by an energy meter in the top left corner. There’s nothing more to it other than the extra freebie spins, although with seemingly unlimited retriggers on offer, there is a chance to land some decent cash awards.
To gain access to the free spin feature and the hidden treasure tomb of the Pharaoh, you will need to land 3 bonus scatters on reels 1, 3 and 5 simultaneously. With 6 free spins to play, only 3 randomly selected standard symbols will appear on the reels along with the wild, thus significantly increasing your chances of landing winning combinations. On the downside, none of the symbols appear stacked on the reels making it impossible to land a full screen of any symbol. Furthermore, with no bonus scatter in play, there is no way to retrigger the feature and as a result, the total max win on offer is no more than 309 times your stake.
Egyptian Fortunes (Pragmatic Play): Verdict
If you’re looking for ingenuity, you obviously won’t find it in the theme. In fact, Pragmatic Play makes no attempt of breaking any boundaries whatsoever, and though not a clone, Egyptian Fortunes does not exactly bubble with creativity. Normally, this is not the end of the world, but in combination with the ridiculous payouts it most definitely is. We had to double check and triple check if actually true and not just a typo, but turns out the max win is indeed capped at 309 times your stake!
If you’re looking for a Pragmatic slot with a slight increase in bonus frequency, less extreme variance and little to no potential, you’ll find it in Egyptian Fortunes. It’s a shame though. The bonus could have turned out to be a real killer and overall it’s a decent game. Ultimately, however, it falls flat due to the non-existent potential.
Game description: Reels: 5 | Rows: 3 | Paylines: 20 | RTP: 96.50% | Max Payout: 309x | Variance: M (7/10) | Bets: 0.20 - 100 EUR | Features: Energy Re-Spins, Free Spins | Release Date: April 25, 2019
Bigwinboard Rating - 48%