Dawn of Egypt Slot
If there’s one thing Play’n Go like, it’s a good old Ancient Egypt based slot. Ever since the hunk Rich Wilde brought home the bacon with their mega smash-hit ‘Book of Dead’ over four years ago, the Swedish provider has found the land of the birth of civilization fertile ground for planting the seeds of new slots. Dawn of Egypt is the latest harvest from those fertile grounds, and it is more of the same with a couple of tweaks from Play ‘n GO and it is set for release on 20th February 2020.
Dawn of Egypt comes hot on the heels of last month’s Legacy of Dead but is related more closely to 2018’s Legacy of Egypt (see, I told you there were a few of them!). This is a highly volatile slot played on a 5x3 reel set with 10 fixed paylines and a 96.23% RTP.
As with the overwhelming majority of Ancient Egypt themed slots most of the RTP is reserved for a scatter triggered free spins round. The free spins round comes with symbol upgrades and wild scatter with unlimited retriggers.
This slot comes with a maximum spin win of 1,000x the stake and plays from €0.10 to €100 per spin.
Design & Symbols
As ever the Play’n GO team have done sterling work on the design, although after so much practice with this theme and these symbols that’s the least you should expect by now. The gameboard takes up the majority of the screen which sits at the foot of a giant pyramid (where else?). Either side of the board sit giant gold and blue Horus birds perched on stone plinths inscribed with hieroglyphs. At the bottom of the screen, shadows of the tips of swaying palm trees are cast onto the steps below by the beating sun. The gameboard and symbols are fairly standard for the genre but bright and colourful with some nice detailing. The board is framed in gold with golden eagle wings appearing above the top of the board and the game’s logo at the centre. The symbols float above dark, solid stone reels which remain static (the stone reels, not the symbols).
Low value symbols are the standard royal card values 10-A. Regular high value symbols are lotus flowers, Ankhs, scorpions, snakes, and Egyptian Gods Bastet and Horus. Horus is the highest paying regular symbol awarding 100x the bet size for 5 on a payline and both Bastet and Horus appear stacked on the reels. The scarab beetle is the wild, which also pays 100x the bet size for 5 on a payline. The scatter is the blue pyramid, which is also the highest paying symbol of all, paying 1,000x the bet size for 5 on a payline. As Horus comes stacked on the reels, it is also possible to score 1,000x the bet size on a single spin with a full board.
Wheel of the Gods Free Spins
Wheel of the Gods Free Spins
3, 4, or 5 scatters trigger Wheel of the Gods Free Spins. Seen before in Legacy of Egypt, the Wheel of the Gods spins to determine the number of free spins awarded. That number could be 3-9, 10, 15, or 20. During every single free spin, a random high value symbol is chosen and any symbols with a lower value which land during that spin are automatically upgraded to the chosen high value symbol.
Dawn of Egypt operates a two-tiered free spins feature. Landing two or more pyramid scatters during Wheel of the Gods spins pauses the regular free spins and awards a number of Pyramid Spins. 4 Pyramid Spins are awarded for each pyramid scatter (so 2, 3, 4, or 5 pyramids award 8, 12, 16, or 20 Pyramid Spins). During Pyramid Spins the chosen high value symbol from the last regular free spins remains constant throughout. Also, Pyramid Spins can be retriggered an unlimited number of times. When the Pyramid Spins are completed the action switches back to the regular Wheel of the Gods spins.
Our Thoughts on Dawn of Egypt
Dawn of Egypt is yet another very playable Ancient Egypt Play’n GO release. I guess if a theme or a model is working for you then the familiar refrain “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is a good enough reason to keep on using it. People often find comfort in the familiar and Play’n GO seem to have worked out that if you change up the formula a little each time, you have a willing audience ready and waiting to patronise your new slot.
The game was actually more fun to play than I has anticipated, and the stacked high value symbols helped me land a fair few big base game wins. This made the occasionally interminable wait to trigger free spins much more bearable. The free spins themselves were a real mixed bag; this isn’t a free spins round where you know you’re going to get a big pay-off. Spin a meagre number of spins and you can leave them frustrated and not much wealthier. However, if you land those Pyramid Spins and get on a retrigger roll then this can pay very, very well. Forget the 1,000x max win – that is only per spin, and as you know this game can reward plenty of spins if it’s in the mood.
Dawn of Egypt is, as with many of these types of slots, a simple game with decent potential, and if PnG keeps tweaking the formula, there’s still a little life in the old dog yet.