Scarab Kingdom: Slot Overview
With a name like Scarab Kingdom, it will be no surprise to know developer Just For The Win is shipping players to the warm world of Ancient Egypt on a quest for potential riches. For some reason, scarab beetles were all the rage in Ancient Egypt by 2,000 BCE, appearing on amulets, seals, and jewellery. The scarab hieroglyph was used to write the god Khepri’s name, and it is this connection that probably accounts for its rise from humble dung beetle status to one of the most numerous amulets of Middle Kingdom Egypt. In Scarab Kingdom, scarabs are used to trigger both the Wild Scrolls feature and Cleo’s Bonus. As well as these two extras, players also have free spins to contend with.
Scarab Kingdom is played over a 5-reel, 30-payline game grid that doesn’t have a pyramid in sight. Instead of Giza, Just For The Win has painted a greener version of Ancient Egypt than we are used to seeing. A canal runs through the middle of the screen towards ancient architecture, while a sphinx-like statue has been placed on the right-hand side, so players don’t forget where they are. An Arabic inspired soundtrack reinforces the geography, and the overall presentation is of a high standard. Especially so when free spins trigger, then the action moves inside a temple or palace complex, guarded by a bunch of ominous statues.
Any device is suitable for the scarab collecting to take place, where bets of 20 p/c to £/€25 per spin may be selected. RTP is variable, with a default value of 96.13%, dropping to 94.11% or less, depending on the market. In all cases, Scarab Kingdom remains a highly volatile slot, offering decent, Book of Dead level rewards – as a comparison. It’s pretty fast-paced too, with features kicking off at a regular rate, assisted by a hit frequency of 30.99%, so roughly a win every three spins or so.
Scarab Kingdom dishes up a few coins when at least three of the low-mid pay symbols hit or two premiums. Lows are J-A tiles, while mids are lotus flowers, eyes, and Ankhs – these are all 1×1 size only. The other two premiums can land anywhere from 1×1 to 1×4 in size and are worth up 10x the bet if a full line of five stretches across the grid. One is a Cleopatra type, the other, a Pharaoh. Wilds also cover from one to four positions on a reel and have the same value as the premiums. They also substitute any paying tile in the game.
Scarab Kingdom: Slot Features
During the base game, you’ll notice a Bonus Bar located above the grid. Also, each reel has a three-segment Scarab Holder located above it. Whenever a scarab symbol lands, it is added to both the Bonus Bar and its respective Scarab Holder.
When a Scarab Holder is filled, a Wild Scrolls feature is awarded on the reel, turning it completely wild. These Wild stacks move down a position on each spin before falling off the reel.
When 100 scarabs have been collected on the Bonus Bar, Cleo’s Bonus is triggered. The regular reel set is replaced with 12 face down coins. Players pick one at a time until 3 matching symbols are revealed, awarding an appropriate prize. There are four up for grabs, worth 15x, 40x, 200x, and 5,000x the bet. When the feature ends, the bonus bar resets. Should players switch their bets, any progress is saved.
On the middle three reels, scatter symbols may appear. Landing 3 awards an indefinite number of Pharaoh’s Free Spins, which start with Wild Scroll on reel 3, and a multiplier of x1. On every spin, regardless of the outcome, the multiplier increases by 1, and whenever wilds land, they activate Wild Scrolls. The feature ends when no Wild Scroll is present on the visible reel area.
Scarab Kingdom: Slot Verdict
It was writer Alvin Toffler in his 1970 book, Future Shock, who coined the term ‘overchoice’ to describe a cognitive impairment brought about by people having so many choices they struggle to make one. Not many would have predicted this situation to be quite so rampant decades later in the iGaming sphere in regards to Ancient Egyptian themed slots. There is a ton out there, but many tend to be quite good, and Just For The Win’s Scarab Kingdom isn’t bad either.
One positive aspect of Scarab Kingdom is its flow, ideal for players who like steady hits as they collect tokens to trigger features. The nice thing about collecting scarabs is you get the short term dopamine hit from the Wild Scrolls feature, as well as a longer-term payback when 100 of them have racked up, leading to Cleo’s Bonus. Wild Scrolls are useful for keeping you in the game, yet the relatively low symbol values coupled with the number of paylines don’t produce many massive results.
Cleo’s Bonus is a simple pick n’ click, though the good thing about it is there is no game over symbol to strike you out. Make it to the bonus, and you are guaranteed to win something. It’s during Cleo’s Bonus, where the game’s top prize of 5,000x the bet may be won. There is no mention of whether this amount is available or not during free spins, where the progressive multiplier comes into play. We saw a similar feature used recently in IGT’s Cleopatra 2, but that one could be retriggered and lead to much larger payouts if you’re shopping around for a big win Egyptian game.
For Egypt fans up for a bit of collecting then, Scarab Kingdom presents something new to try out. It’s a bit different, certainly more complex than a regular ‘book of’ slot, while offering the same level of rewards if you can pick the right tokens.
For Egypt fans up for a bit of collecting, Scarab Kingdom presents something new to try out. It’s a bit different, certainly more complex than a regular ‘book of’ slot, while offering the same level of rewards if you can pick the right tokens.