We’ve entered Pharaoh’s tomb, hunted for his fortune, dug for his treasure. We’ve even tried to tap into Pharaoh’s Dream. Now Novomatic is allowing us to admire his golden ring (adopts Kenneth Williams voice!). Pharaoh’s Ring is a 5 reel, 20 payline ancient Egyptian themed slot that comes with special expanding symbols and a free spins feature. Available on desktop, mobile and tablet devices, you can play from between 25p and £100 per spin.

Pharaoh’s Ring is a 20 payline slot but the minimum bet is 25 coins- that’s because of the extra wild that’s added to the even numbered reels. This extra wild substitutes for everything, including the bonus scatter and the special expanding symbol.

The chief attraction to this Book of Ra Deluxe sequel is the Free Games feature- you’ll need to land 3, 4 or 5 of the bonus scatter symbol to trigger it. Once active you’ll be awarded 10 free spins, complete with the expanding symbol.

Visually, Pharaoh’s Ring is typical Novomatic fare – symbols on the reels include the scarab beetle, Bast (the Egyptian cat god), the winged goddess and the Pharaoh himself who is the top payer. A 5 Pharaoh combination will net you 5,000 coins. Those high value offerings are joined by playing card values from A to 10.

The animation is a step up from Novomatic’s norm but they still don’t bear comparison to slots from Thunderkick, Quickspin and many others. Likewise, the generic soundtrack which offers nothing original.

Before the bonus feature starts, 1 symbol will become the nominated expanding symbol – when this symbol hits during the feature, it can expand to fill a whole reel or even multiple reels. If the designated symbol is of high value, the coins can soon mount up, especially in combination with the extra wilds.

It may not be much to look at, but Pharaoh’s Ring does offer plenty of action. This is a volatile slot with the expanding symbol delivering some impressive results in its own right. Combine it with the extra and standard wilds in the free spins feature, and there is potential to secure a big score. There’s nothing particularly innovative on show in this latest Egyptian offering. The high variance will make it worth a look for serious jackpot hunters though. If you like Ancient Egyptian-themed offerings, NetEnt’s Pyramid Quest for Immortality is worth playing.