Egyptian Tombs is also the thousandth Book of Ra clone. We had already expressed the hope, against our better judgment, that it would be over and closed in 2021 with all those annoying Book of Ra copies that add nothing. Players that are familiar with Egyptian slots, won’t be excited too much about Egyptian Tombs.
And what did Microgaming decide to release in 2021? A Book of Ra clone. Anyway, luckily Egyptian Tombs has just a little more to offer than the umpteenth “Book of” slot machine.
You can also win the expanding symbols during the basic game, during the bonus you play with not one, but two special symbols, and the maximum win is 10,000x the total bet.
And all this in a familiar setting: Egyptian mythology. In short: a lot of the old known, but also some new elements, making this slot worthwhile.
Egyptian Tombs has 3125 paylines, which are spread over 5 reels and 5 rows of symbols. Each spin a special symbol is selected, which expands across the entire reel. So you can also make a big hit in the basic game.
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You can bet from as little as a dime per spin, up to 24 CAD per spin. The theoretical payout percentage is 96.18% by default, but beware: there are online casinos that offer this slot with a lower Return to Player. The variance of Egyptian Tombs is high. This is a slot for the real thrill-seeker.
Cleopatra has a double role in this game: she fulfills the task of both a wild symbol and a scatter symbol. 5 scatters is good for a win of 200x. The highest paying symbols are the well-known Egyptian symbols such as cats, birds, a pyramid, and the eye of Horus.
If you know how to spin 5 Horus eyes on a payline, you take 500x the bet. A full screen of it earns you 500 x 10 = 5,000x the bet. As usual in this genre, the card symbols (9, 10, J, Q, K, and A) are the low-paying symbols.
If you like bonuses in online slots, Egyptian Tombs has some good stuff for you. Just have a closer look at them. You get 10 free spins plus a cash prize when you spin 3, 4, or 5 scatters. The cash prize consists of 2x, 20x or 200x the bet, depending on whether you run 3, 4, or 5 scatters.
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For the impatient among us, Microgaming has provided a Buy a Bonus option. It can help you take advantage of bonuses without waiting for them to appear on the reels. Tap 100x your bet and you win 10 free spins. Before you start the free spins, you will be assigned not one but two special expanding symbols. These expand over the entire reel (if that yields a win) and the symbols no longer have to be next to each other to pay out. It is also possible to retrigger: you have to run three or more scatters for that.
As you may have noticed, we have had it all with this genre of slots. Not that they are not exciting or exciting (they are), but more because it has become such a uniformity.
Yet Egyptian Tombs is just different enough to stand out in a positive way.
A Bonus Buy option, the double special symbols, the slightly higher maximum win than with, grab it, Book of Dead, the mini-feature during the basic game: Microgaming has done its best to make something out of it. 3 out of 5 stars