With the dusty desert and mighty pyramids in the background, you’ll see K to 9 royals alongside a collection of more rewarding hieroglyph symbols. The best payer is the Egyptian queen which will get you 2, 4 or 32 times your stake if you land 3, 4 or 5 on adjacent reels. There’s also a wild, the jewelled heart. This substitutes for all the standard symbols.
Land 3, 4 or 5 of the medallion scatter on the same spin and you’ll trigger the Free Games feature. After collecting a payout of 5, 10 or 50 times your stake, you’ll then be offered the choice of a collection of free spin and wild multiplier combinations. The more free spins the lower the wild multipliers and vice versa. Here are your options:
- 25 free spins with wild multipliers of 2x, 3x or 5x
- 20 free spins with wild multipliers of 3x, 5x or 8x
- 15 free spins with wild multipliers of 5x, 8x or 10x
- 13 free spins with wild multipliers of 8x, 10x or 15x
- 10 free spins with wild multipliers of 10x, 15x or 30x
Keep a special eye out for the ankh cross symbol during the bonus round. Land it on reels 1 and 5 on the same spin and you’ll be in line for a special bonus prize of between 2 and 50 times your total stake. You can re-trigger more free spins here too. The multipliers remain in play as well.
If you wish, you can up your base game stakes and activate ExtraBet feature. The potential return on this extra investment is 5 extra free spins when you do trigger the bonus round for a 20% bigger stake (not worth it in my opinion).
Heart of Egypt sticks to Novomatic’s usual formula. The design and gameplay or simply done. The Free Games feature can be well worth hitting though. It’s not as volatile as some slot games in the catalogue but the medium variance makes it interesting enough.
If you’ve enjoyed Novomatic’s other ancient adventures, then you can expect more of the same in Heart of Egypt. I would rather try Spirits of the Valkyrie or Feather Frenzy (by Novomatic) which offer something different to the usual ancient Egyptian recipe.