Unleash the power of the mighty sphinx in with this 5-reel video slot from Gtech's Spielo game-making division. The 9 payline game has a timeless Ancient Egyptian theme, inviting players to experience the riches and prosperity of the once great civilisation. Plus, players might just find their own riches and prosperity with spins that include a wild symbol to complete line wins as well as a series of specially designed pick'em bonus rounds.
If you know anything about slot machines, then you will know just how popular the theme of Ancient Egypt is. In fact, the ancient civilisation is probably up there as the most called on historical theme in the business. And it's no surprise, really, because the Egyptians had it all – riches, culture, power, technology, mysticism and even some tropical weather.
All of this is represented by this Spielo slot machine, which reveals a variety of icons such as handheld fans and palm trees to present a sense of exoticism, the great pyramids of Giza to show the Egyptian ingenuity, a crook and flail to represent the power of the pharaohs and a set of hieroglyphics and a statue of the dog-like god Anubis to show the culture and religion of the Ancient Egyptian people.
The game also features a wild symbol - depicted as the iconic burial mask of Tutankhamun – which will fill in winning lines for all other symbols except for the golden coin that acts as the games bonus triggering icon. There is also a scatter symbol depicted as a colourful scarab beetle pendant which will award wins in any position when three, four or five appear on the reels.
So how does this Egyptian styled slot machine compare to all the other games out there with similar themes? Well, in truth, Sphinx isn't the most mind-blowing slot machine when it comes to the graphics on the reels, even classic titles like Egypt Sky do this better. That is because the overall design appears rather lacklustre, with simple white backgrounds and quite generically designed icons. That said, the symbols are rendered in 3D, which is shown by some neat spinning animations when they combine in winning formations on the game screen.
This slot machine does get a bit more interesting on the gameplay front whenever players find three gold coins on an active payline. That is because such an event will trigger the slot's bonus game, taking players deep into the tombs of the pyramids where they will be presented with 5 sarcophagi, some of which hold a bonus prize. Punters can go even deeper into the ancient crypt where if they open a sarcophagus to reveal a golden sphinx statue. Again, players will be presented with five more pick'em options, but this time with much bigger wins on offer.
This Spielo slot machine can be played with all 9 paylines but spinners also have the option to limit their losses by playing with 1, 3, 5, or 7 paylines instead. That said, the game doesn't exactly offer the opportunity for bettors to take any huge risks since the only available wagers per line are 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04 and 0.05 credits. Therefore, the minimum possible bet is a tiny 0.01 credit per spin while the maximum possible bet is a slightly less tiny 0.45 credits per spin.
Fortunately, this Sphinx slot machine does hold the potential to return some decent prizes from those small stakes – up to 500 credits in fact, which may sound small but is equivalent to a 10,000x line bet multiplier. That win will be given whenever five matching Tutankhamun symbols appear on an active payline, while the other symbol combinations offer some significantly smaller line bet multiplier prizes, as you can see in the table below:
Punters can also double or quadruple their wins with a simple card-based gamble game.
Sphinx is a slot machine by Spielo that offers a decent coverage of the tried and tested Egyptian theme. Every aspect of the ancient culture is accounted for with a variety of interesting symbols, even though the overall aesthetic of the game isn't the most exciting in the business. This video slot also fails to excite with its low range of betting options, limiting bettors to some meagrely small stakes. But, with two bonus side games and a chance to quadruple winnings, there is every chance for a win of big proportions.