Ancient Egypt Classic
One of the most popular sub-genres of the entire video slot industry is focused on Egyptian themes. The Ancient Egypt Classic slot, a title produced by Pragmatic Play, pays homage to this sub-genre with solid graphics and good gameplay.
Something we find really interesting about this game is that it manages to pay homage to the Egyptian-themed sub-genre without just seeming like a complete copy of a lot of titles that are a part of it. This is a delicate balance, but they were able to really pull it off here with a style of play that offers a pretty high hit-rate while still keeping the volatility close enough to the medium range to allow for some chances for bigger payouts.
The layout for this title is set up to make the free spins mode very impactful, and you'll see that down below. You'll find a grid with five reels and three rows that uses 10 paylines that pay from left to right only. We're a bit partial to this number of lines because we really like how it creates particularly even bet size options. However, all of your wins in this game are multiplied by your total bet size, so you don't have to worry about issues with line bet wagers, etc.
You can bet as low as $0.01 on each line for a $0.10 minimum bet size, and you can also bet up to 10 coins on each line worth $1 apiece for a total maximum wager of $100 per spin. It's clear that there's plenty of room here for players from penny stakes to high stakes, so you aren't going to have a problem finding a bet size that you're comfortable with using.
Wild Scattered Golden Scarab Symbols
One of the fun things about the gameplay for this title is that the scatter symbol is also the wild, so you're doubly happy to see it show up on the reels. It makes its home on all five reels, and it comes in the form of the golden scarab. Five of a kind of this guy will give you a 200x scatter win, and you can also earn 20x as a scatter win for four of a kind. A payout of 2x as a scatter win can be won for three of a kind.
However, because these also double as wilds, they can give you line bet wins at the same time. For example, five of a kind on a payline gives you 500x, tied for the largest individual win that the game has to offer. Likewise, payouts for four of a kind come in at the 100x level, and you can get 10x for three of a kind or 1x for just two of a kind provided that there isn't a better win available for that payline.
Free Spins Bonus Feature
Whenever you trigger the free spins feature with three or more of the scatter symbol, you'll be given a set of 10 free spins to start with. From here, you'll have a randomly chosen symbol come up, and that will be the expanding symbol for the feature. During those 10 free spins, at the end of the spin after all other pays are awarded, you'll have that symbol expand from each position it's found on the reels to give you chances for more wins.
You can re-trigger this feature to add another 10 free spins with another randomly chosen expanding symbol.
Other Payouts and Prizes
As is the case in many titles in this sub-genre, Cleopatra is the top-paying symbol. That makes perfect sense here, and she awards 500x for five of a kind. The purple jackal will get you a win of 200x, and what you'll notice is that this isn't that big of a drop from the top prize. You can really get a sense for how balanced the pay table is here. The green ankh and blue eye of Ra pay 75x for five of a kind each.
The card rank symbols give 15x for five of the A, K or Q, and you'll get 10x for five of the J or 10 on a payline.
We like how the Ancient Egypt Classic slot by Pragmatic Play pays homage to a lot of the tropes found in Egyptian-themed video slots without just seeming like a rip-off. The hit-rate is great with lots of symbols that pay for just two of a kind, and the free spins mode packs a ton of value.