Riddle of the Sphinx: Slot Overview
’Which creature has one voice and yet becomes four-footed and two-footed and three-footed?’ So the Sphinx guarding of the Ancient Greek city of Thebes supposedly asked prospective visitors. Those who got the answer right – ‘man’ would be allowed into the city. Those who got it wrong, well, they weren’t just turned away at the door, they were killed. When Oedipus answered the riddle correctly, the Sphinx leapt off a cliff, or was killed by the ancient Greek. Either way, she ended up dead as well. Luckily, Riddle of the Sphinx from Red Tiger isn’t quite so heavy-handed as classical myths or legends.
It’s not quite so Greek either. Instead, in Riddle of the Sphinx we turn to another ancient civilisation, the Egyptians, who had their own famous Sphinx. Perhaps a slot based around the lesser-known Theban version would have been a lot more original than another Egyptian themed slot. Still, there you have it, the ancient desert lands continue to hold an irresistible hold over game designers. Plenty of players clearly enjoy them as well, as there is no supply without demand. It has to be said, you are more likely to enjoy Riddle of the Sphinx if you have a strong interest in the theme because, on the whole, it’s not exactly an unmissable experience.
Riddle of the Sphinx is a pretty enough game through, where a 5-reel, 20-payline grid floats over the Egyptian sands, with pyramids aglow in the twilight, or early morning. Players can choose which time of day suits best. There are no jagged, crumbling, pile of stone blocks here. These are the pyramids in their full former glory when the tops were covered in sheets of gold or electrum. Limestone was also used to cover the remaining stonework, which must have looked fabulous back in the day. A familiar view gets a familiar soundtrack, interspersed by bleeps and bloops that help give Riddle of the Sphinx a slight physical slot feel.
Riddling takes place on any device, where players select stakes from 10 p/c to £/€10 per spin. The math model is a volatile one in this exotic adventure, though like oases in the desert, there are a couple of features which triggered quite often during test runs. This is the desert though, so don’t expect a downpour, yet the theoretical default RTP value weighs in at 95.66%. As for the paytable, 9 symbols are on offer, split into low pay 10-A card icons, which require 3 or more to pay out, and high pays that pay on when 2 or more line up. Most of the symbology used in Riddle of the Sphinx can be found in countless slots, such as the high pay ankhs, hand-fans, eyes, and scarabs - 5 of a kind wins made up of premium value symbols are worth a payout of 15 to 50 times the stake.
Riddle of the Sphinx: Slot Features
Keep an eye out for the 1x2 sized Pharaoh symbol which is the wild. Whenever it lands, it makes all adjacent symbols wild as well. This is the Dynasty wild feature, available in all phases of the game, but which becomes more prevalent during free spins.
Land 3 scatter symbols on reels 1, 3, and 5 to trigger the Pharaoh free spins bonus round. To help this happening, when a Pharaoh Free Spins symbol lands, it is locked into place for the next spin. Any new scatters are locked in place as well.
Before the round kicks off, players choose from 4 free spins options. Each one awards a different number of free spins and multiplier values. The first three come with 6, 12, or 24 free spins and a multiplier of 8x, 4x, or 2x. The fourth option is a mystery pick that awards any combination of the aforementioned free spins and multiplier. During free spins, the corresponding multiplier is attached to wild symbols. Any win line including a wild has the multiplier applied to it. Lastly, multiple wilds do not increase the value.
Riddle of the Sphinx: Slot Verdict
For a game about riddles, Riddle of the Sphinx is fairly enigma-free. The gameplay is straightforward – simply bash the play button in the hopes of landing Pharaoh free spins where Pharaoh multipliers get a chance to shine. On the way, Dynasty wilds are there to spice up the base game, though they did tend to land on the far right-hand side of the grid a lot of the time, not amounting to much. Occasionally, they’d knock together an okay win to top up the balance and keep you going.
Pharaoh free spins are where it’s at, and are where the game’s biggest wins are possible. They also present a dilemma, as these Blueprint Gaming-type multi-choice bonuses tend to do. Should you be optimistically cautious with whatever a 2x multiplier can achieve in 24 spins – it is a lot of free spins after all - or lock in the 8x and hope the 6 free spins do something special? Whatever you choose, at best, the game is capable of wins as high as 8,002x the stake.
There are a few Egyptian themed slots in Red Tiger’s collection now, but it’s been a while since they released their previous one. Often times, their Egyptian games are easy to forget not long after playing them. An exception is Vault of Anubis perhaps, as it’s the only one they’ve designed as a grid slot. After a fair few spins, Riddle of the Sphinx feels destined to be another throwaway title. It is kind of fun at the time, potential is good, features are decent, yet the overall presentation isn’t overly memorable, and unless you hit it big, this isn’t a slot that sticks in your mind when the session is over.
Riddle of the Sphinx is entertaining at the time, but doesn’t do much to pull you back for another go.