Egyptian Tombs: Slot Overview
Nordic-based team Snowborn Games possibly had warmer weather on their minds when designing their fifth slot, Egyptian Tombs. As the title mentions, players find themselves back in the Levant chasing down glory. Despite the common location, Snowborn has designed a game that acts a little differently from a majority of Egypt-based games. For one, nothing 'book' related occurs, so no expanding special symbols arise. Instead, players get a bunch of alternative features such as a 6-level instant prize system awarding substantial rewards at its upper level.
Another alternative is the way Egyptian Tombs has been set up on a 5-reel, 5-row grid, providing 3,125 ways to win. Location is bog-standard, where we find ourselves on the Giza Plateau at night, gazing at the Pyramids in all their ancient mystery. Graphics and animations sparkle, giving Egyptian Tombs a high-quality feel. It also feels a little like a physical machine, in part due to the prize ladder on the left-hand side displaying a few desirable values and a scatter counter just beneath it. Next to the Tomb Counter are three theme base icons that track yet another feature, meaning there are plenty of extras to cover.
Tripping back to Ancient Egypt is possible on any device where bets from 20 p/c to £/€24 may be set. Egyptian Tombs is one of those games where there is quite literally always something going on. One reason for its busy nature is a relatively high hit frequency of 38.90%, meaning a win occurs every 2.5 spins or so. Technically, the Tomb Bonus, which is a round of free spins, hits every 149 spins, but during testing, they rained down at an exceptionally high rate, at times almost back to back. However, they struggled to achieve much when activated. Better results are possible from the instant prize system, and overall, the game is highly volatile.
In Egyptian Tombs, a win occurs when three identical symbols land adjacently from the leftmost reel. Most look well in theme, apart from low-pay J-A royals, which are just dull grey blocks. On a more colourful note are Ankh, cat, Horus, and Cleopatra tiles worth 4 to 10 times your stake for combinations of 5 of a kind. Lending a helping hand is the wild symbol, worth as much as Cleopatra while substituting anything except the Scarab scatter. However, you only encounter wilds during Super Spins. The rest of the time, the game is wild-free.
Egyptian Tombs: Slot Features
Winning a big instant prize in Egyptian Tombs is the main goal, supplemented by Super Spins and free spins via the Tomb Bonus. Starting off with the latter, 3 scarabs on reels 1, 3, and 5 trigger the Tomb Bonus. Before it begins, a wheel spins to award between 8 and 50 free spins. These can be retriggered if 3 scatters land in the bonus – then the wheel is respun once again to award up to 50 more free spins. There is a greater chance of triggering Super Spins during the Tomb Bonus - other than that, nothing else changes compared to the base game.
Super Spins activate at random and extra Ra, Cleopatra, or Horus symbols are added to the reels for an increased chance to land bigger wins. Moreover, Ra-symbols turn into wilds during Super Spins.
Outside Super Spins, the Ra-symbol is the scatter needed to win instant cash prizes. When 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 are in view, players win 2, 5, 10, 100, 1,000, or 10,000 times their total stake.
Egyptian Tombs: Slot Verdict
Snowborn might have used a commonplace theme, but they've added enough features and made design changes to produce an Egyptian game that's a little different from usual. The larger than normal grid for one makes a change from the 5x3, fixed payline system typically associated with this genre. There are also plenty of features on hand to entertain players after a bit of Giza-based novelty too. Strictly speaking, nothing about Egyptian Tombs is new, especially not the theme or the 9 Masks of Fire central feature. However, the way Snowborn has brought all the elements together creates a somewhat fresh Egypt experience, in a slick manner, no less.
Free spins via the Tomb Bonus triggered a lot, like, way more than normal. This didn't mean much though, because bonus games tended to produce paltry results. Not saying you can't win big here; it's just that wins of more than 20x the bet were rare – even when retriggers occurred. In some ways, this isn't surprising as the game pours 84.31% of the RTP into the base game.
Egyptian Tombs did feel a little unhinged after hitting a string of Tomb Bonus rounds and winding up nowhere. A similar situation occurred during the Super Spins feature. Many times all but the 4th reel would reveal the required high-value symbol. You get the impression of Egyptian Tombs being a real all-or-nothing game. You either hit a bit instant prize or walk off into the desert empty-handed. There is no official figure on non-jackpot potential, yet it can't be higher than the 10,000x top prize as that's the game's max amount.
Despite possessing several features, Egyptian Tombs comes across as a jackpot chase with a few peripherals tacked on for show. Technically, there's nothing stopping you from picking up decent regular wins, but the balance can feel out of whack when you're stuck in a loop of endless low-value bonus rounds. Ultimately, Egyptian Tombs feels like it's pulled in bits and pieces from a bunch of other games rather than being an original coherent whole. Still, for a feature-rich Egyptian game with decent potential that doesn't involve expanding special symbols, it might suit.
Egyptian Tombs may be slickly presented, and instant prizes are significant, but odd maths make you feel like you’re going in circles chasing your tail most of the time.