An adventure doesn’t need to be experienced in deserts of the old world anymore, because adventures can be experienced from a digital device, from anywhere in the world. The latest adventure possible to players at our casino site comes in the form of Eye of Atum, one of the latest online slot machines to use the ancient Egyptian theme, and one that might fly a little under the radar. Players might be expecting just another slots title with symbols they've seen plenty of times before. But with the ability to claim up to 150 free spins in one bonus rotation, there's definitely some potential.
Of course, when online casino games use one of the Irish or Egyptian themes, there will always be a sense of annoyance. Of all the themes that exist to apply to iGaming experiences, these two have been overused for decades now, hence the ramble. Eye of Atum uses the Egyptian theme, synonymous with hidden treasures in the tombs of pharaohs yet to be discovered. The iGaming studio that released Eye of Atum, Play’n Go, is no stranger to slots online of this kind, having recently released Secret of Dead, and many similar slot machines before that. The graphics are very much what you'd expect, as well as the symbols that have been used as the higher value icons for 3, 4 and 5 of a kind winning combinations across the 5 reels and 10 paylines.
Perhaps the most underwhelming aspect of Eye of Atum is the most players can win, which is only 2,000x your stake. We recently reviewed a slot in Chilli Picante Megaways that offers 50,000x your stake, so it’s obvious to see just how much Play’n Go is holding back here. There's also a high volatility on the five reels, meaning that wins can dry up for periods of time, although they do happen with larger returns than medium volatility slots. If you're a high roller, then you'll like to know that the highest you can wager is 100, while players who enjoy taking things slow and easy can wager as low as 0.10.
Eye of Atum is actually a pretty traditional slot, in that there are no surprises or quirky ways in which you activate the bonus feature. It very much sticks to a tried and tested formula. This means that the two special symbols include the wild and the scatter. The wild will substitute all regular symbols in order to possibly make 3, 4 or 5 of a kind winning combos, with the only symbol it not able to act as being the scatter.
The regular symbols are your run-of-the-mill playing card royals J, Q, K and A as the lower paying icons, while the symbols that carry higher values consist of the ankh, a fan, Cleopatra’s objects, a cat, the scarab beetle and the eye of Horus.
The bonus feature is a free spins feature, and in order to trigger it, you will need to land 3, 4 or 5 scatters on the same spin. If you manage this, Eye of Atum will award you 12 free spins. However, every time you land a wild symbol during the spins, you'll upgrade one of the higher paying symbols to the next highest in value. This means that all higher value symbols can be upgraded to the eye, where the 2,000x your stake can be won. Wilds during the feature also add extra spins, and a possible 150 free spins can be experienced in one sitting.
Wilds land on reels 2, 3 and 4, and whether you land a wild in the base game or the free spins, it will always expand to cover the entire reel.
It’s fair to say that Eye of Atum is all about the bonus feature. Outside of this, there isn't much that makes the base game stand out in any way. There are no cascading reels, few paylines, a low maximum win etc. While the free spins are fantastic, they’ll be the sole reason for playing Eye of Atum, so players trying this title out will be hoping for those scatter symbols to land as often as possible.