This Egyptian Rise slot machine from Side City mixes ancient with futuristic, in a strangely odd Egyptian themed slot mix.
We kind of know what Side City Studios were doing when they created this Egyptian Rise slot game.
And whilst it certainly stand out, that’s not always a good thing.
The 5 reels in this 243 ways to win slot are covered in symbols you’d find in the Pyramids in Egypt, along with a scarab wild, all in flashy neon.
These bright and colourful slot symbols quickly become a little too much on the eye, and to us at least, slightly grating.
Now that we’ve bashed the Egyptian Rise video slot theme, it’s time to look at how the game plays and the mechanics behind it.
With 243 ways to win, and a high return to player rate at over 97%, this game has a high hit rate on the bonus games. Something that is often lacking from a highly volatile slot machine.
Usually you get lots of little wins, but have to wait hundreds of spins in the base game before you hit the main free spins or features.
Here though you don’t, and that is in part thanks to the On A Roll feature.
That’s pretty much how this base game bonus feature works. It acts as a stepping stone to the Pharaoh free spin games by providing a free re-spin on every win, much like in the Wolfpack Pays online slot.
On each consecutive win, a re-spin will occur where more scarab wilds are added to the five reels, hopefully keeping you on a roll of wins.
And this is important as it leads you to the free spins bonus game. Which you can find out more about below.
Well, they are, but they aren’t at the same time. At least, not in the normal sense of how they work anyway. Let us explain.
On each consecutive win you fill a coloured bar to the right of the screen under the dancing Pharaoh. Get four wins in a row and you’ll be awarded the free games feature.
Here the reels change colour and more wilds are added to the reels, hopefully to help you create bigger and bigger wins.
Unfortunately this is also where the high variance nature of this Egyptian Rise online slot comes in.
Unlike other video slots where you get a fixed amount of free spins here you keep spinning until all three Pharaohs on the right of the screen disappear. That is, essentially, when you haven’t gotten three wins.
We’ve walked away from the free spins with nothing, absolute zero. We’ve also walked away with around 5x our bet, but not the big wins or even a sniff of a big win that this slot machine promises.
Which is a shame as we truly thought that it might be one redeeming factor in, to be honest, a bit of a mix of a casino game.
Honestly if we were after an slot based around ancient Egypt we’d probably head straight to the also highly volatile NetEnt Pyramid Quest for Immortality slot. Or many of the others out there.
This game, yes, gives you free re-spins on consecutive wins and the features hit regularly, but the base game wins themselves are nothing short of disappointing.
The betting range is ok, with 0.40 up to 80 per spin betting range, but even the fun and quirky mix of themes; Leprechaun Goes Egypt, allows more players to play with a 0.20 up to 100 range. And that’s a clash of themes but one that works surprisingly well.
As for this Egyptian Rise slot, yes you can play it at mobile phone casinos or online via your desktop but really you should go try out one of the others we’ve mentioned during this review or even the golden Riches of Ra by Play’n GO.