Mighty pharaohs, sacred gods, treacherous pyramids with hidden treasure chambers and crawling scarabs – these are all parts of Egyptian mythology and ancient history. Ever since video slots appeared, the theme and characters have given us a vast number of thrilling slot games. It was now PariPlay turn to add to that collection. The Luxor slot is named after the ancient city on the river Nile and will be exciting us with an expanding game window, a bonus game with free spins, two fixed jackpots and a win potential of 17,312 times the total bet.
Luxor is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 243 ways to win. The middle reels can expand to six rows, bringing the total to 1,944 ways. The RTP of this medium-to-high variance game is set at 95.95%. Entering the pharaoh’s treasure chambers will cost 0.50 to 25 coins. Consistent with PariPlay policy, Luxor is designed in HTML5 format, making it available for play on mobile and desktop devices.
Graphics and Visuals
Anything related to Egyptian pharaohs and mythology is bound to appear in bold colours. PariPlay went to great length to give Luxor HD graphics and intricate pay symbols. A pyramid chamber full of gold serves as the backdrop to the game window. On top of reels are two displays with the values for the major and grand jackpots. A rather serene Egyptian soundtrack turns into a dramatic drum beat when the reels start expanding or on big wins.
All pay symbols except wild and scatter symbols can appear stacked at all times. You will find 10 to A suits at the low end, followed by an ankh cross, a golden ring carrying the Eye of Horus, the jackal god Anubis, Queen Nefertiti and the pharaoh Tutankhamun himself. Hit five on a pay line to win 1 to 20 times your stake. The wild symbol is a golden scarab, appearing on reels two, three and four only. Scatters are Tutankhamun masks with minimum three needed to trigger the free spins.
The Expanding Slot Reels
The main action in the base game will come from the expanding reels. Any wild scarab symbols landing on reels two, three or four will initiate the reel expansion by adding one symbol position to the reel while also awarding a respin. Any further wild scarabs landing on the respins, will see the feature repeat until no further wild scarab symbols land on a respin or the full 1,944 ways have been opened up.
The Pharaoh’s Tomb Bonus Game
Three or more Tutankhamun scatters anywhere on the reels in one spin will lead to the Pharaoh’s Tomb, where players go through a pick-and-click round with 19 lucky urns. The aim is to pick urns until three matching prizes have been unveiled. The choices for the prizes are 10 free spins at 243, 576, 1,125 or 1,944 ways, the major jackpot or the grand jackpot. There is a single +5 spins prize which will add five extra spins to the 10 free spins when uncovered and is substituting for any other free spins option. Unveiling three matching major or grand jackpot icons will award the respective jackpot win of 100x or 2,000 the bet and end the bonus game.
The free spins round is played with the number of ways won in the pick-and-click game and can be retriggered up to nine times for a maximum of 150 free spins, if the +5 symbol was picked. The reel expansion is not active during the free spins round, but the wild scarab symbols either appear stacked or randomly expand up to three symbols high.
Did we like our expedition into the pharaoh’s chambers? No doubt, most Egyptian-themed slots have a sense of mystery and thrill, and Luxor fits right into the category. Seeing the reels expand will be raising the suspense as to whether there will be enough wilds landing on the respins to open up the maximum 1,944 ways to win. But that’s not all, the sky-high win potential will have everyone buzzing during the free spins round, which can pay up to 17,312 times the stake.