Launched by Microgaming, the Wild Scarabs mobile pokie is one of the casino software developer’s first attempts at getting involved in the Ancient Egyptian-themed pokie market for a very long time.
Always popular with pokie players, Ancient Egyptian-themed pokie machines have become somewhat stereotypical of late, many containing the same imagery and features. That isn’t the case with this new mobile pokie, though, which offers gemstone imagery alongside the more conventional and epic imagery of Ancient Egyptian gods.
How to play
Like most modern-day Microgaming pokie machines, this mobile game doesn’t permit players to alter the number of paylines which feature in the game. There are 243 of them spread over the game’s 5 reels if you’re wondering. Players can alter their bets via other means, though, and their wagers will ultimately end up somewhere between the $0.20 and $60 minimum and maximum stakes, respectively.
Wild symbols: As the title of this mobile pokie suggests, scarabs represent wild symbols. Typical wild symbols, they can substitute and replace all other symbols in the game save for the scatter icons. Keep an eye out for wild scarabs appearing on the third reel of a non-winning spin. When this happens, up to four extra wilds will be randomly dispersed onto the reels, guaranteeing players a winning combination.
Scatter symbols: Those scatters appear as amulets, and when 3 or more of them appear in any position on the reels during a base game spin, a free spin bonus is triggered. Players will also pocket scattered wins for their efforts.
Free spins bonus: If players can land 3 or more scatters on the reels, they will trigger the pokie’s bonus round, the free spin bonus. In this feature, players will start with a total of 10 free spins. During the bonus round, any wild symbols which appear and do not count towards winning combos will be stored. Once three have been accumulated, the game will spit them out and redistribute them onto the reels to offer up a guaranteed win for the player.
The amount you can win Wild Scarabs varies depending on your stake the symbol combinations you land. Horus is the best-paying standard symbol in the game with prizes worth 15x your total stake, although with scatter icons, players can expect to land wins worth 100x your total bet if you land 5 anywhere on the reels during a single spin.
This Ancient Egyptian-themed mobile pokie is a low variance game, and it has an RTP (return to player) rate of 96.28%, which is just above the industry standard.
It is nice to see an Ancient Egyptian-themed mobile pokie do something a little differently. Not only are the symbols which appear on the reels (and we’re thinking of the gemstones here) a touch less predictable than in other pokies, but the free spin bonus round is also quite inventive.
Both that and the non-winning spin wild feature have the potential to make this game a real hit for players.