Just when you thought there was no need to revisit Egyptian-themed slots thanks to the scores of them already populating every online casino house’s catalogue, NetEnt throws in a curveball with its Coins of Egypt Slot release. It follows in a similar unflinching vein to the Swedish studio’s Lost Relics slot, though in Coins of Egypt we play on 20 bet lines across five rows rather than the famed Cluster Pays™ system. But, with additional coin wins readily winnable in the base game and a Free Spins feature with no set spins limit, Coins of Egypt has what it takes to muscle in on the well-trodden Egyptian slots genre.
Our gameplay takes place at the doors of an ancient temple, apocalyptic skies looming above. The statues of Horus and Anubis that kneel before the temple have glowing eyes, threatening that we enter the temple at our own peril. Osiris, Bast, Amon-Ra, Anubis and a Scorpion make up our high paying symbols while delicately crafted Scarabs form our lower-payers, each with card suit-shaped gems on their backs. A suitably Egyptian tune plays over, imbued with mystery. Small circles detailing coin wins appear randomly on symbols as they come to rest. If we find the Pharaoh’s head on reel 5, any and all of these coin wins shoot off and burst into flame inside the parted Pharoah’s head and into our gaming wallets. Spooky.
NetEnt’s choice of Gyroscope Scatters is an interesting one, given that the first gyroscope did not appear until the 18th century, long beyond the time the Ancient Egyptians were in their pomp. Still, historical anachronisms and NetEnt’s usually flawless attention to detail aside, the use of the Gyroscope Scatter is nevertheless mythical and powerful – as well as potentially bountiful. Landing three Scatters on reels 1, 3 and 5 triggers the Free Spins feature, with our hitherto unseen adventurer (is that a Fedora and whip she sports? Is it the same adventurer from Lost Relics?) somehow gaining access into the pyramid tomb and peering down into the darkness. But rather than featuring a set number of Free Spins, we instead continue unchecked until we unlock one of three Chests by landing that chest’s respective Chest Seal three times, collecting wins along the way.
Although we don’t have a limited number of spins, we can’t say that the free spins tally in the Free Spins feature is unlimited. But we can say we have plenty of opportunity to collect wins during the feature as we hunt down the Chest Seals that will open their respective Chests and lay bare the riches inside. Thematically, NetEnt’s Coins of Egypt slot is as excellent as it is powerful, celebrating the majesty and power of Ancient Egypt as well as its untold riches that lie within their tombs. Will we be the adventurers to grab them?