Trek into the desert in Pharaoh’s Dream, an ancient Egyptian themed slot from Bally Technologies. Converted from a land-based casino favourite, the virtual version is a 5 reel, 40 payline affair that comes with stacked wilds and a free spins bonus round. Stakes start at 50p going up to £500 per spin.
In terms of visuals, Pharaoh’s Dream has the look of a typical Bally slot – the images are bright and bold and include a selection of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and relics including the eye of Horus, scarab and ankh as well as playing card symbols from ace down to nine. The eye of Horus is the best of the standard symbols, offering payouts of 500 times your line bet if you’re lucky enough to find five in a payline.
The moonlit pyramid is the wild and substitutes for all other symbols apart from the scatter bonus. The wild can appears as a stacked wild, offering plenty of opportunities to boost your winning paylines.
The Sphinx is the scatter symbol and the key to activating the bonus feature. Find the Sphinx on reels 1, 3 and 4 and you’ll be awarded a cash prize of four times your total stake on that spin – you’ll also trigger the Free Spins feature.
Here you’ll be awarded 10 free games – these bonus spins are played out on a new set of reels which are minus the bonus and standard wild. Instead, look out for the stacked wild which can appear on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5. Whenever a fully stacked set of four wilds appears during the feature, they will remain in place for the remainder of the feature. Unfortunately, the bonus round cannot be re-activated so there are no extra free spins on offer.
At first glance, Pharaoh’s Dream appears to be a fairly unremarkable addition to the already packed Ancient Egyptian genre of slots. The visuals are serviceable but not spectacular and the bonus that offers just 10 free spins seems a little stingy. The big wins come with the stacked wilds though – if you’re lucky enough to hit multiple stacked wilds during the feature, the results can be truly spectacular.
The free spins bonus may not arrive that often but on the occasions it does hit it can deliver riches fit for any ancient royal – I consider it to be a medium to high variance game. If you like Ancient Egyptian-themed slots, there are plenty to choose from with Pharaoh’s Fortune by IGT, Desert Treasure II by Playtech and Book of Ra Deluxe by Novomatic my favourites.