Pharaoh’s Dream Pokie Review
Pharaoh’s Dream is an Egyptian-themed pokie with 5 reels, 4 rows and 40 paylines. Pokies dedicated to the similar theme are not rare these days but the reviewed title from Bally has some enticing features that make it stand out from its cousins developed by other software makers. Worth mentioning is a big role of wild symbols that take the form of stacked and expanding wilds. Free spins is another feature that takes the gameplay to the entire new level of profitability.
What did pharaohs dream about? Was it eternal life, global domination or something else? Bally’s developers made an intriguing pokie that leaves this question unanswered and provokes thoughts on this subject. One thing is clear about the game: you will certainly grab some good wins, especially in free spins, because they are full of expanding wilds that can generate multiple winnings during a single spin. Anyway, the pokie has a somewhat unusual 5×4 configuration with a set of fixed paylines. Its design could have been better but it dovetails with Bally’s general design concept. All of Bally’s creation utilize old-looking visuals but very interesting features, and the same refers to the reviewed game.
Through the five reels, you can see an abstract hazy background with a touch of mysticism, authentic Egyptian patterns and hieroglyph-covered stones. The symbols in the pokie can be divided into two subgroups: conventional playing cards from 9 through Ace (A). As is usually the case with these lower-pay symbols, they have no special thematic touch; they are a kind of space-fillers that will make your coin balance fluctuating up and down.
Rewards for playing card imagery are between 5 and 100 coins. Themed Egyptian symbols include Ankh ($1200 at the maximum stake), Scarab ($1500) and Eye of Horus ($5000). There are also two special symbols that add diversity to the gameplay and pay out differently than regular symbols do. Every combination that consists of normal symbols is deemed to be a win if it has at least three identical pictures aligned along a set payline.
And now, a word on pokie’s volatility, a value that determines how often and how much the pokie will pay off. Pharaoh’s Dream is a medium-volatile game that pays back more often but in smaller prizes.
The pokie has 40 fixed paylines – they are always active and you cannot change their number. There is a single adjustable option that you can alter in order to increase or lower down a bet size. By clicking easily spotted triangle buttons with “+” and “-” on them, you change a line bet value between a cent and $10.
Against your expectations, the minimum bet is not $0.40 because the pokie features a forced side bet equaling 10 coins. So when playing at the minimum bet, the pokie automatically takes $0.10 from your balance, thus you play at $0.50 per spin. The same refers to the highest stake, which amounts to $500, including the obligatory side bet.
The symbol depicting a pair of pyramids at night is a wild symbol. This means it substitutes for other pictures to help them complete a payable combination. Mysterious pyramids always appear in groups of four, i.e. they are stacked. But this does not imply you will always see a stack of four, since one or more pyramids may be hidden below or above the reel edges and appear only in part. Anyway, wild stacks contribute to higher wins and may result in multiple combos to be created after a single reel spin. On the negative side, wilds cannot create their own combos; however, their role in the game is really outstanding.
A few Egyptian-themed pokies do without a sphinx symbol. In this reviewed game, the sphinx is a scatter that counts towards a win in any position. If you manage to land three of them on reels 1, 3 and 5, you receive a prize of 4 times your total bet instantly, and enter a bonus feature with a total of 10 free spins. During free spins any wild pyramid symbol that lands on the screen will expand to fill in the whole reel. While free spins are running, all wild symbols that have expanded on one or more reels will be locked in their positions until the end of free spins. Note that expanding wilds stop everywhere except for the first reel.
Bottom line on Pharaoh’s Dream
This 5-reel pokie is developed by Bally and is themed around the ancient Egyptian civilization. Its features include stacked wilds and free spins with expanding sticky wilds. The maximum prize to win here reaches $5000 for a single combination.