Online slot provider seem to have a bit of thing about Ancient Egypt, as it appears in way too many of the slot out there right now. Microgaming’s sister company Quickfire brings this latest offering to the table and it’s no different, based in the mysterious world of the pharaohs with a cartoonish quality, but is it mould-breaking?
Journey of the Sun is presented over the standard 5 x 3 setup with 25 active paylines. It’s set inside an ornate temple and features a host of Egyptian looking symbols across the reels. Higher value symbols come in the form of the ancients Egyptian Gods, with the lower value symbols satisfied by the usual playing card icons 9, 10, J, Q, K and Ace, albeit with a comical and quirky design.
The wild symbols within this slot is depicted by the golden ankh, a typical ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol. There is also a scatter present, coming in the form of the Journey to the Sun logo, this symbols will activate the main feature when you land three or more across the reels.
Is there much on offer bonus-wise?
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In answer to the question above, it depends on how you look at it. There may be just the one feature, but it’s multifaceted. Trigger this feature as mentioned by getting three or more of the scatters across the reels.
This will take you to a mini-game where you’ll get to play the ancient board game of Senet. You’ll be faced with a 3 x 10 grid and the task of picking one of the first 15 squares from the upper area. Doing this will reveal to you the number of free spins that you will be awarded, the piece will also move along the game by the same number of spaces.
The square on which the piece eventually lands will reveal to you the multiplier that you’ll have added to your wins. This all happens before the free spins start, so once they do you’ll be able to tell if the free spins will retrigger, which in turn will send you back the Senet game.
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There is not really too much of a difference between the likelihood of the feature activating for both high and low betting players. You will actually have the same chances of getting the scatters over one payline as you have with twenty-five paylines, however, the difference you will see will be in the size and value of the prizes.
So, let’s just come clean here. As cliche as this theme might be within the online slot world, Journey Of The Sun, in particular, proves that if done well, Egyptian themed slots don’t garte quite so badly on the brain. Graphics are compelling, and we love the cartoon-like style to them.
However, the most charming part of this slot for us was that wonderful game of Senet. It somehow lifts you out of the zone of just playing an online slot and places you in a caravan somewhere across the scorching desert, playing drinking and laughing into the early hours with the colourful characters found within the game. In our humble opinion, this one has broken the mould, in fact it’s reshaped it.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring