Many of the iGamers reading this casino game review will think our subject of the article looks quite familiar to other online slots they might have played. You wouldn’t be wrong in thinking this because so many slot games by Pragmatic Play do. Fortune of Giza is another in the ‘Book Of’ series/mechanic that just doesn’t want to fade into the sands of time. While many players might be annoyed by the repetitive look and feel, a free spins feature determines the number of spins awarded in a unique way. The feature also sees sticky wilds come into play, while the base game uses a wild to great effect.
Pragmatic Play started something over a decade ago that just won’t lose steam, and Fortune of Giza is another in the ‘Book Of’ mechanic. You can find loads of slots machines here that use the same paytable, such as Book of Dead, Book of Relics and Book of Kingdoms. All use the ancient Egyptian theme and, apart from using the same theme, all look very much the same. In Fortune of Giza, you’ll be hard-pressed to not recognise it all again, with all the same scenery from the titles that came before it. The differentiating factor among all of them is the tweaks to the bonus features, but the bonus here is something we’ll explain later on. Casino games in the UK are all available on iOS and Android today, so you'll be able to get plenty of spins in on mobile devices.
Fortune of Giza has a simple grid consisting of 5 reels, 4 rows and 20 paylines. Those very new to slots must know that cash is won by symbols forming lines of 3, 4 or 5 of a kind, with the regular icons forming the majority of falling symbols. The minimum you'll be able to stake is 0.20p, while high rollers can drop bets at high as £100.00 per spin. The biggest win possible in Fortunes of Giza is 6,750x your bet, which is solid by today’s standards. There’s quite a high level of volatility on the reels, so playing with a sensible strategy will be in your best interest.
This is an area where nothing will seem very different, mostly because the symbols are all the same ones you’ve seen dropping in previous releases from Pragmatic. There are the three categories of lower value, higher value, and value add symbols. The low paying consist of playing cards 10, J, Q, K and A, while the medium paying are the ankh, the asp, Bastet, Anubis, Horus and Tutankhamun.
Look out for two symbols that will really make Fortunes of Giza come to life, as they enhance the reels and the cash wins. The first is the wild symbol which substitutes all regular icons to form winning combinations. The wild can’t act as the Bonus/scatter symbol, which we’ll discuss next.
With ‘Book of’ online slots, there is usually only one bonus feature, and Fortunes of Giza doesn't buck that trend. As per usual, it’s a free spins feature, but when it comes to this free spins feature, you'll find things happen a little differently.
You trigger the feature by landing a scatter on reels 1, 3 and 5 on the same spin, but what happens next you won't see in any of the vast selection of slots you can find here. A 3x3 grid will appear, and numbers will start spinning. When all the numbers come to a rest, they will be added together, and this will be the number of spins awarded to you.
During the feature, you'll see that wilds landing will become sticky and remain in place for the duration of the spins. The wilds also have a multiplier value attached, which will be applied to wins they form a part of.
It all comes down to the bonus feature in Fortunes of Giza. Outside of this, there isn't much going on, except for the wild symbols that drop in regular play. Do 'Book Of' titles still deserve their place on the production line? Based on bonus features, it could be argued that they do, but as for the overall package, we feel a serious revamp should be called for.