Sphinx Mysteries is another ancient Egyptian themed slot from Novomatic that has 5 reels and 25 paylines. Playable from 25p to £50 a spin on all devices, it benefits from double wild wins as well as a Free Games feature where you can choose from 5 free spins and multiplier options.
Visually, Sphinx Mysteries is what you’d expect from a Novomatic offering – set within a pyramid, you are surrounded by mysterious writings and artefacts. Symbols on the reels include A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9 playing cards, the Eye of Ra, ancient scrolls, ankhs, scarabs and Anubis.
The pharaoh is the wild symbol and rewards you with 400 times your stake if you get 5 across a payline – furthermore, it doubles your outcome when forming part of a winning combination. The wild also replaces all other symbols bar the pyramid scatter.
Sphinx Mysteries is all about the Free Games feature which is played when you get 3, 4 or 5 pyramid scatters anywhere on the reels – you then get to choose from 5 free spins and multiplier options. The number of free spins depends on how many scatters you get to trigger the feature:
- Option 1: between 16 and 20 free spins with a 1x multiplier
- Option 2: between 13 and 17 free spins with a 2x multiplier
- Option 3: between 11 and 14 free spins with a 3x multiplier
- Option 4: between 8 and 12 free spins with a 4x multiplier
- Option 5: between 5 and 10 free spins with a 5x multiplier
Now, the Pharaoh wild symbol is important as it still doubles your outcome when part of a win – this means that a win with a 5x multiplier technically becomes a win with a 10x multiplier! Furthermore, 3 or more scatters during a free spin will retrigger the feature giving you the same amount of free spins again – this can lead to 20 free spins with a 10x multiplier or 40 free spins (with a 2x multiplier involving the wild).
Sphinx Mysteries may be relatively simple but I like the fact you can pick your own free spins and multiplier option – I would recommend you go for the higher multipliers as just 1 win with a big multiplier can result in huge wins. Choosing the 5x multiplier is also recommended due to the Pharaoh wild doubling it to a 10x multiplier!
Overall, a simple but volatile ancient Egyptian offering from Novomatic – doing what they do best. I recommend you try Pharaoh’s Ring (by Novomatic) if this type of slot is what you like. If you want something a little different, try WMS’ Lady of Egypt.