Volatile Egypt Dream Drop: Slot Overview
Software provider Relax Gaming has teamed up with Fantasma Games to help grow its Dream Drop range of slots with an entry titled Volatile Egypt Dream Drop. The title's a giveaway, but Volatile Egypt Dream Drop is an Ancient Egyptian-themed slot and the first sort of 'traditional' example of one in the DD range. Given the popularity of the subject matter, it was pretty much a matter of time before players got one. (Though it could be argued that Temple Tumble 2 Dream Drop squeezes into the category, let's leave that one aside for now and debate it later). So, here it is, in both a Dream Drop and non-Dream Drop form, sporting features such as Multiplier Wilds plus a four-option free spins bonus round.
When laying the scene, Fantasma Games has made nice use of the theme to create an attractive location for the game's setting. Volatile Egypt Dream Drop takes place in what one would assume to be a temple of some sort, lined with seated Anubis-style statues holding flaming braziers before a set of golden doors in the background. Where those doors lead is a mystery for now. Trigger free spins, however, and all will be revealed… Visually, Volatile Egypt Dream Drop is tough to fault. It's unlikely to present anything Egyptian slot fans haven't seen before in one form or another, though it certainly won't repel them either with shoddy artwork.
In the middle of the temple floats a 5-reel, 3-row game grid with 15 fixed paylines. Players can select a stake of 20 p/c at the minimum up to £/€100 per spin, and when playing the Dream Drop version, the bigger the bet, the greater the chance of winning a jackpot. With a name such as it has, Volatile Egypt Dream Drop may surprise with its medium-high volatility rating, producing an RTP of 94% on the jackpot game, rising to 96% on the non-jackpot variant.
Along its paylines, wins are created by landing matching symbols on adjacent reels starting from the leftmost side. All of the 10 regular pay symbols have embraced the theme, including the flowing 10-A card rank low pays as well as the higher value batch, which are 3 pieces of Egyptian-inspired jewellery, a Cleopatra-like lady, and a golden Horus. Hitting a 5-of-a-kind win pays 1 to 3 times the bet for the card ranks and 4 to 10 times the bet for a line of 5 of the high pays. The other symbols in Volatile Egypt Dream Drop are a wild, and a scatter, both present on the middle 3 reels.
Volatile Egypt Dream Drop: Slot Features
The features on offer here are Multiplier Wilds, 4 types of free spins, the Jackpot Spin, and the Dream Drop Bonus.
Multiplier Wild symbols may land on reels 2, 3, and 4, with the ability to substitute for any regular pay symbol. Multiplier Wilds have multiplier values in the base game of x3, x4, or x5 when they land on reels 2, 3, or 4, respectively, which is applied to any wins they are part of. When 2 or more Multiplier Wilds are used in a winning line, the multiplier values are multiplied.
Free spins are triggered when 3 bonus symbols land on reels 2, 3, and 4 in the base game. A pick screen is then displayed, showing 4 Free Spins options for players to select their favoured one. These are:
- 6 free spins with Multiplier Wild values of x6, x7, and x8 on reels 2, 3, and 4, respectively, for a possible max value of x336.
- 9 free spins with Multiplier Wild values of x5, x6, and x7 on reels 2, 3, and 4, respectively, for a possible max value of x210.
- 12 free spins with Multiplier Wild values of x4, x5, and x6 on reels 2, 3, and 4, respectively, for a possible max value of x120.
- 15 free spins with Multiplier Wild values of x3, x4, and x5 on reels 2, 3, and 4, respectively, for a possible max value of x60.
Jackpot Spin & Dream Drop Bonus
The Jackpot Spin may trigger randomly before a normal spin, where only DD symbols and blanks land. If 5 DD symbols land, then play moves to the Dream Drop Bonus. Otherwise, not landing 1 DD symbol in each reel means players continue in the base game.
In the Dream Drop Bonus, it is possible to win 1 of 5 jackpots. To do so, you click DD symbols one at a time until 3 of the same jackpot is revealed – then the corresponding prize is awarded. Since jackpots are progressive, the prize amounts vary, but the starting values are €1, €5, €100, €25,000, or €500,000 for the Rapid, Midi, Maxi, Major, or Mega Jackpot.
Volatile Egypt Dream Drop: Slot Verdict
This is the first time Fantasma Games has contributed to the Dream Drop lineup, and to do so, it has picked Ancient Egyptian as the game's theme. Not the most original idea, and Volatile Egypt Dream Drop's unoriginality is compounded by the fact much of the gameplay comes from Quickspin's classic slot Eastern Emeralds. Volatile Egypt Dream Drop doesn't push things as far as Eastern Emeralds did, though, in some ways. One of the main reasons is that in this game, multipliers are restricted to the three middle reels, compared to four in Quickspin's slot, leading to two things. The maximum possible multiplier in Volatile Egypt Dream Drop is much smaller, at most x336, compared to Eastern Emeralds' x1,680, and winning potential is reduced as a result. Put numerically, non-jackpot wins in Volatile Egypt Dream Drop top out at 6,533.8x the bet, while in the non-DD version, that figure is 7,117x the bet.
But, the assumption is the Dream Drop will be the main draw card around here anyway, so these complementary features and stats have less importance than they might have had. Assuming players are looking for the chance to take on the Dream Drop Jackpots in a traditionally presented Ancient Egyptian slot setting, then Volatile Egypt Dream Drop is about as solid as it gets. By default, though, really, since at the time of review, it was the only option available to satisfy both those needs. Volatile Egypt Dream Drop has a nice, clean look about it, fills the screen with rich imagery from the genre and has a funky beat heavy tune these sorts of games are famous for.
And so, it feels like Volatile Egypt Dream Drop has neatly fulfilled the objectives laid out by its creator when Fantasma Games set out to make its contribution to the DD line. It doesn't possess anything extraordinary, or anything particularly new for that matter, but if Egyptian-themed jackpot hunting is what you're looking for, then booyah, here it is.
Volatile Egypt Dream Drop may not be the most original slot, yet it’s a playable alternative for those looking for a game blending Ancient Egypt with Dream Drop Jackpots.