What exactly do we expect to find when we unearth this archaeological slots treat from ELK Studios? Will it be Indiana Jones or Time Team? Actually, this five reel, 178 Ways to Win Slot is a winning combination of the two. But will it stand apart from the scores of other Egyptian themed slots out there? ELK’s trademark immersive game design and 215,000 coin jackpot suggests this Hidden Slot has got the cojones to do just that.
Any epic worth its salt – or in this case sand – has to grab us by the lapels right from the off. ELK’s Hidden slot does precisely that with an intro that oozes Indiana Jones, with just a hint of Nintendo’s classic Professor Layton series. Tony Robinson will be dismayed to find a serious lack of Time Team-channeling. Either way it sets the scene nicely for ELK’s trademark immersive game-space, with the great Pyramids of Giza looming off as this slot’s epic backdrop. Our low-paying symbols symbols are hieroglyphical interpretations of 10s through Aces, while the high-payers are reserved for the Professor Taylor and his nephew Benjamin, plus a Camel and the Sphinx.
Our symbols spin to the satisfactory sound of crumbling masonry, disappearing the non-existent reel-case and revealing the target of our adventures – the Pyramids in the background. Our game-play is accompanied by a suitably mysterious Egyptian Ney ditty that erupts into a full blown mulid when we launch the game’s bonus features. We also have access to ELK’s trademark Betting Strategies via the bet page to aid us in mixing up our game-play strategy.
With two dedicated bonus features, ELK gives this Egyptian adventure a real kick up the Sphinx. We trigger the Treasure Room Free Spins when we find three Spyglass Scatters across the reels. There, in the Treasure Room, a game symbol is randomly selected as the Expanding Symbol. Once every spin – for five free spins – the Expanding Symbol expands clockwise to leave us with potentially reels full of matching symbols. For every Spyglass Scatter we land, we earn an additional free spin, and with no cap on the number of extra spins we can achieve this could be an archaeological excavation of sincerely epic proportions.
In any archaeological adventure there will be sticky situations to escape from, but ELK turns those tables with the Flashback Re-spins feature, which activates randomly in between regular base game spins. With the Flashback Re-spins activated, we are treated to three re-spins with up to three of the centre reels held as Sticky Wilds.
With Hidden Slot, ELK Studios has taken a well-exploited theme and breathed fresh life into it. The Swedish studios’ Hidden slot does well to stand out from the crowd of Egyptian-themed online slots. It delivers excellent game-play, superb graphics and well-devised bonus features to keep us ticking through this slots adventure at breakneck pace. Not bad for an old archeologist in a wheelchair and his adolescent nephew.