Pyramid King by Pragmatic Play released on 24.06.2020 is a 5-reel & 3-row online slot with 25 paylines and a 96.5% RTP. This is a egyptian-themed game offering players a max win of up to 1000x their stake. Pyramid King can be played on all devices from €0.25 to €125 per spin and is considered a medium volatility game.
Where to play
- Money Respins
- Free Spins
6 or more camels landing triggers Money Respins. All symbols except the camels are removed from the board and 3 respins are awarded. The new reels contain only camels and blanks. Each camel symbol has a cash value attached to it. Landing another camel symbol resets the counter to 3 respins. Playing 3 consecutive respins without landing a new camel symbol ends the round. All cash values from the camels are combined for the Money Respins total win at the end of the feature.
Some camel symbols contain the words “MINOR” or “MAJOR” rather than having a cash value attached. Landing 3 MINOR symbols awards a fixed jackpot of 30x the bet size. Landing 3 MAJOR symbols awards a fixed jackpot of 100x the stake. Filling the entire board with camel symbols awards not only the combined cash values of the symbols, but also the GRAND jackpot of 1,000x the stake.
3 scroll scatters trigger 10 free spins. During free spins, one regular symbol is chosen to act as a special symbol throughout the bonus round. Landing a special symbol on 3 or more reels causing each special symbol to expand to fill the entire reel. Expanding symbol wins do not have to consist of adjacent symbols. For example, if expanding symbols land on reels 1, 3, and 5 the game pays as if the expanded rows were next to one another. Also, expanded symbol wins do not need to start from the leftmost reel unlike standard wins. Any additional free spins awarded retain the same expanding symbol. Landing 3 scroll scatters during free spins awards a 10 free spins retrigger, and there are no limits on the number of possible retriggers.
Design & Symbols
The action takes place at the entrance of a magnificent temple in ancient Egypt. Behind the gameboard, which takes up the majority of the screen, pyramids can be seen in the distance reaching up the clear blue sky. Between the gameboard and the pyramids are swathes of desert and palm trees. Closer still, a body of water flows directly behind the temple, a physical attribute no doubt as valuable to the locals as the treasure, that lies inside the temple. The gameboard itself stands at the top of a flight of stone steps, housed between two stone pillars with a flat, stone temple roof. The reels are purple, inscribed with hieroglyphics, and framed on either side by red and gold striped poles. Gameplay is accompanied by rhythmic percussive beats and a somewhat sinister Arabic refrain.
Low value symbols are the standard playing card royal values Jack through to Ace. High value symbols are represented by the Ankh Cross, a coiled gold serpent arm band, a gold ring with a large emerald, and the head of Anubis. Anubis is the highest value symbol, with 5 on a payline awarding 20x the bet size. The wild is the golden head of a Pharaoh, the free spins scatter is a scroll, and the Money Respins scatter is the silhouette of a man riding a camel. The free spins scatter only appears on reels 1, 3, and 5.
Our Thoughts on Pyramid King
Anyone who has been familiar with online slots over the past 2 decades will know that Pyramid King is overwhelmingly modelled on the famous Novomatic slot, Book of Ra. It joins literally hundreds of other slots in this regard. However, there are a few differences and additions which separate it somewhat from the title of ‘Clone’.
First off, there is a separate scatter triggered feature, the Money Respins. However, once again this is hardly a new feature and is in fact used very regularly by Pragmatic Play. Recent releases to utilise this exact feature (albeit with different characters/names) include All41 Studios Arena of Gold, and Pragmatic’s own Money Mouse and Magic Journey.
Also, Pyramid King has 25 paylines which is more than your average book clone. It also has separate wild and scatter symbols. Finally, it comes with a significantly lower maximum win than your average Book clone. Book slots tend to have a 5,000x or 2,500x max win, which makes Pyramid King’s lowly 1,000x look a bit paltry in comparison.
This is a bit of a sticking point for me. It can be argued that such a low max-win that the other features are likely to pay more often, which is of course true. However, the 1,000x max win is likely to put people off and, in my opinion, makes this slot look that little bit more lacklustre than its rivals. Pyramid King is still a slot worth playing if you’re into these kind of slot. It looks ok and the features are good – we’ve just seen them all before.