The recent Novomatic design renaissance is evident in the Goddess Rising. We’re not quite in Thunderkick territory but the colourful visuals here are rather nicely done. Joining the lower value A to J royals are a collection of Egyptian hieroglyphs.
The best paying standard symbol is the golden pharaoh. Land 3, 4 or 5 of these on 1 of the game’s 40 paylines and you’ll receive a payout of 0.2, 4 or 10 times your total stake. The Goddess is the wild. She replaces all other symbols bar the scatter and expands to fill the reel whenever she hits.
The undoubted highlight of Goddess Rising is the Free Games feature which is triggered by landing 3, 4 or 5 scatters on the same spin. After receiving an award of 2, 10 or 100 times your stake, you’ll then go on to play at least 12 free spins.
Keep a special eye out for the goddess wild here. Whenever she appears on the middle 3 reels, she’ll expand to fill the reel as normal. She also adds 1 extra free spin to your total. Land 2 or 3 wilds on the same free spin and you’ll get an extra 3 or 5 free spins.
The wild also delivers a symbol upgrade to 1 of the hieroglyph symbols. After the first wild hits, all of the 2 wreath symbols turns into sticks. When a second wild hits, the sticks are upgraded to scarab beetles and so on. By the closing stages of the free spins, you could just see A to J symbols alongside big clusters of the top paying golden pharaoh.
Goddess Rising also comes with a Jackpot feature. Once triggered, pick coins to win 1 of the Mini, Minor, Major or Grand jackpots.
There’s plenty to enjoy in this Egyptian odyssey. The design is well done and the Free Games feature appears to offer the potential to be a cracker thanks to the extra goodies on offer from the goddess. However, the top win possible is a measly 200 times your stake on each free spin.
This theme is one of the most popular in the online casino and with arrivals like Goddess Rising it’s easy to see why. With classy sound and visuals, I would much rather play other slot games with the same theme – Novomatic has Book of Ra Magic and Age of Egypt by Playtech are my picks.