Last month Microgaming released a great new pokies game called Wild Scarabs. Like other pokies from this gaming giant this is 5 reel, 3 line and 243 ways to win pokies with dazzling theme and great features. The game is set against a beautiful backdrop of ancient Egypt with many tourist attractions you will be familiar with visible. The backdrop is the fertile Nile Valley, with a number of monuments visible including the Great Pyramids located in the bottom corner of the screen with an azure sky above.
According to the Games Publisher at Microgaming David Reynolds “Delivering rich colours and incredible graphics, the game is really brought to life, transporting players back in time to Ancient Egypt.”
The reels are located in the middle of the screen and are surrounded by a gold and marble framework. A pleasant Egyptian soundtrack plays along while you are playing the pokies and all in all, everything looks and sounds very nice, as you would come to expect from a top notch Microgaming pokies. When you spin the reels and land a win as then a different piece of music kicks in over the backing soundtrack. The animations when you win are neatly done.
The Game Symbols
There are a total of ten standard symbols on the reels. The first six of these are the lower value symbols and these are the different coloured stones or gems. They range in value from the lower value pair of the purple and blue, through the light blue and green and up to the better paying pair, the yellow and red coloured stones.
In addition to these symbols, there are also four Egyptian themed symbols on the reels too. These are the Eye of Horus, the Ankh, the canine god Anubis and the god Horus. These offer wins of up to 15x your total bet and the lowest value win you can land with these symbols is 1x your bet.
However, there are two other symbols on the reels and these link in with the two main bonus features of the pokies. The first of these being the Wild symbol.
The Scarab symbol is the in game Wild and this offers you two ways to land a win. Firstly, the Wild will replace any of the standard symbols outlined above to help create winning lines. Unfortunately there’s no multiplier on this but there is a special bonus in play called the Wild Deal feature.
The Wild Deal feature triggers on any spin where you land a Wild on the middle reel but do not land a win. When this happens, up to four additional Wilds are added to the reels and you are given a free re-spin which guarantees you a win. In addition, you can land Wild symbols across the reels to land some of the bigger value wins in the game (of up to 2.250). Three, four or five Wilds across the reels will see you trigger a decent value win.
The Free Spins bonus is triggered when you land three or more the Scatter symbol anywhere across the reels. First off, you will receive a cash prize for landing two or more Scatters, this ranges from 1x up to 100x your total bet depending on whether you land two, three, four or five Scatters.
Three or more Scatters also triggers the Free Spins bonus game which gives you an initial 10 Free Spins. However during Free Spins the Stashed Wilds bonus is in operation. This means every time you land a Wild on the reels during Free Spins that does not trigger or play a part in a win, then the Wild is stored.
Once you have three or more Wilds stored, on the next spin they are randomly added to the reels and this will give you a guaranteed win. Furthermore, you will be given additional Free Spins until all the Wilds that you have got stashed away are used. So if you play through your 10 Free Spins and have one or two Wilds stashed, your free spins bonus will continue until you land three Stashed Wilds and they are added to the reels on the final spin.
Wild Scarab pokies base game offers regular wins and these are a surprising mix of values. The Wild Scarab symbol offers some good value play in the base game and the Wild Deal bonus can also pay you some sizeable wins. (inputs from Microgaming)