Crocodopolis is a 5 reel, 25 payline video slot from NextGen Gaming. It’s an ancient Egyptian-themed offering that comes with plenty of features including the Slide-a-Wild feature which offers a variety of stacked wilds and multipliers and a free spins bonus round where all wins are doubled. Head to the desert from between 25p and £50 per spin.

The ancient Egypt theme has provided fertile territory for slots developer. Does Crocodopolis add anything new to that crowded genre? Well there are a couple of extra features to take note of. First up is the Slide-a-Wild feature. The Croc symbol is the wild and substitutes for all other symbols apart from the scatter.

There’s a slide that can be placed above one of the reels. If the wild symbol hits on that reel, you’ll be awarded a special bonus prize.

Reel 1: The prize is doubled if the Croc wild is part of a winning payline
Reel 2: The prize is trebled if the Croc wild is part of a winning payline
Reel 3: The Croc becomes a stacked wild and fills the whole of reel 3. A new payout will be calculated.
Reel 4: The prize is trebled if the Croc is part of a winning combination. The Croc can expand to fill all the positions on reel 4.
Reel 5: All symbols on reel 5 are replaced by the Croc. If the Croc is part of a winning combo it will be trebled.

The second feature is the Free Games which is activated when 3 pyramid scatters appear anywhere on the reels. You’ll be awarded 12 free spins with all winning paylines subject to a 2x multiplier and doubled. The Croc wild will offer the same extras in the free spins as was on offer on the triggering spin.

The base game can be rewarding too. Payouts of up to 2,000 coins are on offer if you find five scarab beetles. That can reach 5,000 coins if you find five of the group of Egyptians.

The visuals are cartoon-style but are perfectly sharp against the white backing. The reels are surrounded by a desert backdrop, complete with palm trees and scuttling beetles. They won’t win any awards but are perfectly serviceable.

Crocodopolis has a light-hearted feel – it’s possible to win some serious coinage via the bonus feature though. The Slide-a-Wild feature lets you control the variance to a certain degree. The free spins don’t come around that often but can deliver ample rewards.

There are plenty of ancient Egyptian-themed slots on offer already but Crocodopolis offers enough to be another welcome addition to this crowded field. I would recommend Pharaoh’s Fortune by IGT or Book of Ra Deluxe by Novomatic which are higher variance.