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Established gaming provider Quickspin brings you an Egyptian adventure slot, Ark of Mystery. Go on a quest to unlock a wealth of ancient treasures with Ann the heroine, along with a plethora of features to keep you engaged. This classy game looks great and plays well, but does it line your pockets with enough Egyptian gold?
Presented over the standard 5 x 3 setup, with an acceptable 20 paylines, this slot is set in an Egyptian temple. Yes, another one. Pillars and torches adorne the scene, as does the odd hieroglyphic and a smattering of treasure to tempt you. But don’t be disheartened by such cliche, the predictability ends there.
Playing the game
This slot has a high volatility, although the developer advertises it as medium-to-high, we are sceptical. It is however, a fantastic adventure slot, and with a bit of tweaking you can fine tune the betting range to get the most out of it.
Increase or decrease the bets by tapping on the ‘total bet’, a drop-down list will offer you the betting range.Tapping on Autoplay sets the reels spinning automatically without interruption for your selected amount of time. You can use the spin button to set the game in motion, then monitor as you head for big wins.
The features worth playing for
As expected you have your regular wild that only appears on reels 2, 3 and 4, which predictably substitutes all other symbols within the game, except for the multiplier booster (which we’re coming to).
There are also two further features, and we think they’re quite exciting. The Wild Ark Respin and the Multiplier Booster both bring a certain edge-of-seat quality to this slot, and that is rare these days.
To trigger the Wild Ark Respin feature you’ll need to get wild ark symbols over the middle three reels. They then become locked in place for the awarded respin that follows. When the respin begins the ark symbols will split in two, occupying an adjacent position on its current reel. If there is no position to fill, the respins will end. There will be between two and six respins max.
The Multiplier Booster can land on reel five, and each one that appears will add 1x to the overall multiplier, the total value of which can be seen above reel five and can go as high is 21x your win.
If you can get past the cliched theme then you will like the gameplay, we have no idea why there are so many Egyptian themed slots to be honest - and dragons, what is it with dragons?
Wild respins are a nice touch, creating wild stacks that can add up to some very nice wins with those multipliers too. Overall the visuals are tidy, the game uncomplicated, and a fairly painless experience. Go on, give Ann an adventure, she probably gets bored of looking at all those columns and torches everyday.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring