Egyptian King (iSoftBet): Overview
The burial chamber of ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun was discovered in the Valley of the Kings in 1922 and opened in the following year, but it would be another couple of years before archaeologist Howard Carter and his team of excavators were able to crack open the massive sarcophagus of Tutankhamun. Finally, in 1925 they managed to break their way into the innermost of three coffins to reveal the golden Mask of Tutankhamun - it hadn't been seen by people for around 3,250 years. In his diary, Carter wrote: "The mask has fallen slightly back, thus its gaze is straight up to the heavens."
In iSoftBet's latest offering titled Egyptian King, players are cast as adventurers and fortune-seekers hoping to reveal great discoveries of their own. Played using a 3-4-4-4-3 reel matrix and 20 ways to win, it benefits from random wilds and a Pharaoh Re-Spins feature in the base game. It's all about the free spins feature, however, where randomly added wilds stick in position throughout and can carry multipliers of up to 3x. High variance and part of iSoftBet's Xtreme Pays Series, there's potential to pocket well over 8000 times your stake. You can enter the tomb of the Egyptian King using your PC, tablet or mobile and start playing from 0.20 to €/£20 per spin.
The action in this video slot takes place inside an ancient Egyptian chamber that's being guarded by two majestic stone statues positioned on each side of the reels. The design is superb we have to say, which comes as no surprise really when speaking of iSoftBet. The bright colours and delightful graphics complete with a mesmerising soundtrack come effectively together to grab your attention. Symbols on the reels include the standard lower-value J to A royals while the two medium paying symbols are of a scarab and the Eye of Horus. The premiums are made up of an assortment of animal masks that each represent an ancient Egyptian deity - Apep the snake god, Sekhment the lioness god, and Anubis the dog god. The most rewarding of these is Horus the falcon god, giving you 25 times your stake for five on a full payline. The Tutankhamun mask is the wild - it substitutes for all symbols except the bonus scatter and amulet.
Egyptian King (iSoftBet): Features
Egyptian King comes with an array of features to keep you entertained. First, there is the Random Wilds feature - on any spin in the base game, a pharaoh can add 3 or more wilds to the reels to help you form winning combinations.
Then there is the Pharaoh Respins feature which comes into play when you land amulet symbols on the first and last reels. With 3 respins awarded, there's a possibility for extra wilds being randomly added on any spin. These remain on the reels throughout the feature and will shuffle position on each respin. Moreover, multipliers of up to 3x can be added to the wilds to increase the winning potential.
Finally, there is the Free Spins feature which is played when 3 bonus scatters appear in view on reels 2, 3 and 4. With 10 free spins awarded, the setting now changes as the sand at the foot of the reels is removed to reveal the ancient treasure in all its glory. During the feature, the left statue can randomly add wilds on any spin which will remain in position until the end of the round. To make things better, the statue on the right may add a 2x or 3x multiplier to your wilds as well. Furthermore, each time a wild is added, the lowest value symbol will be removed from the reels which means there's a chance for the last few spins to be played with premiums (and sticky wilds) only. Although the free spins feature cannot be retriggered, one extra spin is added if you score a wild on the last spin.
Egyptian King (iSoftBet): Verdict
If you're into high variance slots, there's a good chance that Egyptian King will become a regular fixture in your future sessions. The game is well put together with superb visuals and cracking features, backed by an excellent soundtrack. The free spins feature will have you biting your nails as tension grows with each spin, especially if you manage to secure a few wilds in favourable positions, preferably with multipliers added as well, during the first couple of spins.
If iSoftBet ever hoped for a trending game in the casino community, this could very well be it. Of course, being highly volatile, coming in at 9 out of 10 on iSoftBet's volatility rating, it can be quite brutal at times although the base game features do help balance things out. All in all, Egyptian King is a solid effort from iSoftBet that delivers of thrill and exciting action.
Egyptian King (iSoftBet)
● Reels: 5
● Rows: 3-4-4-4-3
● Paylines: 20
● RTP: 96.32%
● Max Payout: 8,752x
● Volatility: H (9/10)
● Bets: 0.20 - 20 EUR
● Features: Random Wilds, Pharaoh Respins, Free Spins
● Release Date: Out Now!
Bigwinboard Rating - 77%