Don’t beetle about, play the new Wild Scarabs slot out now from Microgaming
For some reason, ancient Egypt seems to be one of the most popular themes for slot developers. Sure there's Viking slots, Aztec slots, and the odd Roman themed slot, but not too many about Angles and Saxons, or Babylonians, or Mesopotamians - but when it comes to ancient Egypt, there's plenty to choose from.
So the Wild Scarab slot from Microgaming needs to make something of a splash for itself in a competitive niche market and the good news is that Microgaming seem to have done that. This is a simple slot game to play, ideal for lower stakes players and lower variance slot fans.
Let's take a closer look now and see if the Wild Scarab slot will scuttle to the top of the Egyptian slot pyramid.
- Game: Wild Scarabs
- Developer: Microgaming
- Reels: 5
- Pay Lines: 243 Ways to Win
- Minimum Bet: 0.20
- Maximum Bet: 60.00
- Jackpot: 104,000
- Free Spins Bonus: Yes
- Other Bonuses: Yes
- Progressive: No
- Volatility: Low
The presentation of the Wild Scarabs slot is nicely done. The backdrop is the fertile Nile Valley, with a number of monuments visible including the Great Pyramids located in the bottom corner of the screen with an azure sky above.
The reels are located in the middle of the screen and are surrounded by a gold and marble framework. A pleasant Egyptian soundtrack plays along while you are playing the slot and all in all, everything looks and sounds very nice, as you would come to expect from a top notch Microgaming slot.
Things get a bit more exciting when you spin the reels and land a win as then a different piece of music kicks in over the backing soundtrack. The animations when you win are neatly done. All in all, this is a tidy if not spectacular slot.
What is on the reels?
There are a total of ten standard symbols on the reels. The first six of these are the lower value symbols and these are the different coloured stones or gems. They range in value from the lower value pair of the purple and blue, through the light blue and green and up to the better paying pair, the yellow and red coloured stones.
In addition to these symbols, there are also four Egyptian themed symbols on the reels too. These are the Eye of Horus, the Ankh, the canine god Anubis and the god Horus. These offer wins of up to 15x your total bet and the lowest value win you can land with these symbols is 1x your bet.
However, there are two other symbols on the reels and these link in with the two main bonus features of the slot. The first of these being the Wild symbol.
The Scarab symbol is the in game Wild and this offers you two ways to land a win. Firstly, the Wild will replace any of the standard symbols outlined above to help create winning lines. Unfortunately there's no multiplier on this but there is a special bonus in play called the Wild Deal feature.
The Wild Deal feature triggers on any spin where you land a Wild on the middle reel but do not land a win. When this happens, up to four additional Wilds are added to the reels and you are given a free re-spin which guarantees you a win.
In addition, you can land Wild symbols across the reels to land some of the bigger value wins in the game (of up to 2.250). Three, four or five Wilds across the reels will see you trigger a decent value win.
Free Spins features
The Free Spins bonus is triggered when you land three or more the Scatter symbol anywhere across the reels. First off, you will receive a cash prize for landing two or more Scatters, this ranges from 1x up to 100x your total bet depending on whether you land two, three, four or five Scatters.
Three or more Scatters also triggers the Free Spins bonus game which gives you an initial 10 Free Spins. However during Free Spins the Stashed Wilds bonus is in operation. This means every time you land a Wild on the reels during Free Spins that does not trigger or play a part in a win, then the Wild is stored.
Once you have three or more Wilds stored, on the next spin they are randomly added to the reels and this will give you a guaranteed win. Furthermore, you will be given additional Free Spins until all the Wilds that you have got stashed away are used. So if you play through your 10 Free Spins and have one or two Wilds stashed, your free spins bonus will continue until you land three Stashed Wilds and they are added to the reels on the final spin.
Best feature of the Wild Scarab slot
Although this is a relatively simple, low variance slot game, there are some nice touches in the Wild Scarab slot which makes it eminently playable. The base game offers regular wins and these are a surprising mix of values (there's more higher value wins than you would expect from a lower variance slot). The Wild Scarab symbol offers some good value play in the base game and the Wild Deal bonus can also pay you some sizeable wins.
For me though, the best feature of the slot is the Free Spins bonus. The actual standard Free Spins themselves are nothing to write home about, but the Stashed Wilds feature is a great addition and this can prolong your Free Spins round for many extra spins if you get lucky enough and that gives you a chance to rack up a few extra wins beyond your initial 10 spins. When the Stashed Wilds are added to the reels, they can also produce some very good value wins too.
Ancient Egypt is always a popular theme for slot games and the Wild Scarab slot from Microgaming is a welcome addition to the numbers. It is a simple, easy to follow lower variance game that is very good value for money to play (0.20 for 243 Ways to Win is very cheap for this type of slot game). The game also rewards players frequently and with a surprising number of decent value wins too. The bonuses are simple, but also rewarding and although they can require patience to trigger, the fact you keep winning frequently means that your bankroll never really takes a severe beating. This is well worth a closer look, especially if you like the ancient Egyptian theme.
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