Try and discover treasure hidden in the depths of the pyramids in Sands of Fortune. This 5 reel, 9 payline slot from Eyecon comes with a picks style bonus round where working your way through secret corridors delivers bonus prizes. Play from between 9p and £13.50 per spin.
Hieroglyph covered walls form the backdrop to the reels in Sands of Fortune. Unusually, it’s the Egyptian-themed silhouettes symbols rather than the playing cards that are the lower value symbols here. You’ll see a scorpion which awards up to 9 coins, a beetle which pays up to 25 coins, a pyramid which offers up to 50 coins and the eye of Ra which will get you 100 coins if you land 5 on a payline.
They’re joined by Q, K and A symbols which award up to 500, 1,000 and 1,500 coins respectively. The top symbol is the Sand of Fortune Jackpot symbol – land 3, 4 or 5 of these in a single payline and you’ll win 100, 1,000 or 5,000 coins.
There’s also a wild – it doesn’t offer any payouts but does replace all other symbols apart from the bonus. Land 3 or more of the bonus symbol on the same spin and you’ll trigger the Special feature. Once activated, you’ll be shown 3 passageways – choose 1. If it reveals an artefact, you’ll clear that room and win a cash prize. Watch out the for the skull though – this opens a trap door and brings the feature to an end.
And that’s about it – we’ve come to expect a good range of extras from Eyecon-powered slots but the cupboard is pretty bare in Sands of Fortune. We triggered the feature pretty regularly but never managed to win very much. That aside, it’s not a very interesting round. A straight pick’em round would have been more entertaining.
The design is pretty typical of an Eyecon slot – not awful but not among the market leaders. The soundtrack has a military feel and the crack of a whip signals a winning spin. You can see they were trying to give the game an Indiana Jones feel but it doesn’t quite work.
We’ve enjoyed many of Eyecon’s feature-heavy slots – Sands of Fortune is something of a misstep. Dull and lacking in features, you’ll find plenty of more enjoyable treasure hunting trips to the land of the Pharaohs elsewhere – with IGT’s Pharaoh’s Fortune and WMS’ Lady of Egypt recommended.