Online slots fans are practically experts on the theme of Ancient Egypt, as there are so many slots around that they’ve had enough material to study the culture and the mythology of ancient Egyptians, as well as their architecture, legends and treasures. Gods of Giza is another brilliantly designed Egypt-themed slot machine, developed by Genesis Gaming. Before you dismiss this one as simply another pattern-based, unimaginative creation, take one more look and then pass your judgement.
Gods of Giza is set on a wall inside an Egyptian pyramid. These were tombs for high-end individuals, pharaohs or members of the imperial dynasties. Painted with beautiful pictograms, pyramid walls would often tell the story of the buried person’s life and also include scenes from the afterlife with gods and mythological creatures. This is what we see on screen when we load Gods of Giza. Instead of the usual 5x3 or 5x4 layout, the game uses an unconventional 4x4 set of reels, offering a total of 20 win lines.
The paytable contains eight regular symbols, four high-value icons and four low-value symbols. These are Pharaoh, Queen, Anubis and Horus, followed by J, Q, K and A. The substitution symbol is an ornate scarab beetle and the Scatter is an Ankh. The Wild replaces any regular icon to help create a win, whereas the Scatter awards Scatter pays and triggers the main special feature.
You need a minimum of three Scatters on a single spin to activate the bonus round and receive 8 freebies. Surprisingly, this is only the basic premise of the feature. The real fun is saved for the pauses between the free spins. After each spin, the entire reel set will rotate 90 degrees four times in a clockwise direction. Hopefully, these actions will make more wins possible. It’s allowed to retrigger more freebies by landing more Ankh symbols but you can only do so on one of the actual free spins, not the extra rotations.
In a way, the player is awarded 32 rotations, and not just 8, with each one being a new opportunity for a winning combination. The bonus feature happens every 60 – 100 spins approximately. Gods of Giza is a video slot that pays out more often, but not quite as big.
The game benefits from a good return percentage and the gameplay is well-balanced. The only thing that doesn’t work in its favour is the risk of comparing it with so many other Egyptian-themed slots. But, if you love this theme and you want a game in which you can bet both big and small and one that has a healthy dose of creativity, Gods of Giza is a must-try. You can play it on the go or have a quiet session at home on your PC, depending on your mood or your daily routine.