Ark of Ra – Microgaming
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Ancient Egypt themed slot of the month! That might be bit of an exaggeration, but this is really a theme that never seems to go out of style among the game developers! Microgaming’s just released Ark of Ra is one more to the long list of titles in this genre, but it stands out with its great visuals – and it is the debut creation of the game developer studio Circular Arrow (published by Microgaming).
The slot has a very common layout of five reels with three rows in each of them, creating a total of 20 winlines. The overall setting is quite majestic looking however, as your reels are nicely nestled between some massive ancient columns with Egyptian god statues on the sides.
On the left side of your reels you can see the three best symbols in the game; the Wild-symbol, which replaces any other symbol to create a win, and the two top-tier symbols. These two top-tier symbols are also special in the way that they can land on your reels stacked up to 1×3 size covering the whole reel.
There is also a Coin Collect Meter above each of your reels, with slots for two coins. These can be filled by landing Coin Symbols on the reel below and when you manage to fill up both of the slots in the Coin Collect Meter, you are awarded with a full Wild Reel which remains active for two spins.
Finally there is also a free spin feature in the slot, which is triggered very traditionally by landing three Scatter symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5. Here you can select from three different options with varying degrees of volatility;
High volatility: 2 free spins with 3 guaranteed Wild Reels active each spin
Medium volatility: 8 free spins with 2 guaranteed Wild Reels active each spin
Low volatility: 25 free spins with 1 guaranteed Wild Reel active each spin
We feel like this was actually a really successful and good first release from the game studio! Sure, the theme could be more innovative, but then again since it is proven to be a popular theme it is quite safe choice as well. Despite that, everything is very nicely executed and build together. It is a thought out release that doesn’t try to be over the top or too fancy, but instead relies on good working stuff and does it well. Try it out yourself at Chanz.com!
Play responsibly. 18/21+.