Pyramid: Quest for Immortality Basic Information:
Through history there have been many civilisations which we associate with gambling, parties and decadence. The ancient Egyptians, despite their fantastic accomplishments, were not that big on pokies. Some say that this is because the height of Egyptian culture peaked some several thousand years before the invention of slot machines, and they might be on to something there. This doesn't mean that Egypt is uncommon among pokies, however, as games like Pyramid: Quest for Immortality aim to bring the mystery and intrigue of this ancient civilisation into a modern pokie. Is this a pokie worth uncovering, or is this one best left forgotten? Read our review to find out…
This game operates under the use of the NetEnt gambling software system. The talented programmers and designers from NetEnt are well known for going the extra mile in their creations, and Pyramid: Quest for Immortality is no exception. This game was released on the 1st of October, 2015.
The NetEnt system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from NetEnt.
Pyramid: Quest for Immortality comes with a total of 720 paylines over 5 reels in a 3-4-5-4-3 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 10
- The maximum coins bet sits at 100
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 2.00
- The return to player offered by this game is 96.4%, which is around average.
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a small with 2 different options. These are as follows:
- Intro Screen
This option disables the intro screen from appearing the next time the player starts the game.
- Spacebar to spin
This option lets the player start the spinning of the reels with a simple press of the spacebar, in addition to the regular methods.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750 or 1000 autospins.
The player can also click on the advanced settings button to further customise when their autoplay will end. There are four different stopping scenarios to choose from here:
- On any win
- When a single win exceeds an entered amount
- If cash increases by an entered amount
- If cash decreases by an entered amount
Other Helpful Additions
Pyramid: Quest for Immortality also comes with question-mark and i help icons. Both of these detail much the same thing, basic game and winning information, but the i button does this within the game and the question-mark opens a secondary text page. The page accessed by the i button also lists all payout information, paylines and bonus info.
The game can also be muted by simply toggling the sound button located on the lower right of the game main screen.
When most of us think of pyramids our minds jump straight to one thing – the great pyramids of Giza. While these are undoubtedly the most well known of the pyramids, and also served as the inspiration for this pokie, many people are not aware that earliest pyramid like structures, ziggurats, were built by the ancient Mesopotamians.
Not ones to be impressed or outdone by the accomplishments of others, the ancient Egyptians set about doing things their own way. The Egyptian pyramids, the inspiration for this pokie, are the most well known, and with good reason. Many of these have stood for over 4000 years, which is one hell of an achievement.
Another interesting fact of which many people are unaware is that the pyramids of Giza were originally flat. If you think they are impressive today, and you should, imagine what they were like covered in their casing stones, giving them a smooth appearance rather than the rough and rugged look that millennia of disrepair has caused.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in Pyramid: Quest for Immortality comes in the form of a golden ankh in front of a purple background. This can land on the top of reels 2,3 or 4. If it is part of a winning combination it will turn into a wild symbol for the next avalanche. This can substitute for all other symbols.
The avalanche feature in Pyramid: Quest for Immortality activates after every win. When this occurs the winning symbols will vanish from the board. Following this additional symbols will drop in from the top of the reels to fill in the empty spaces. Additional matching symbols here follow the same result.
The avalanche multiplier in this game is activated when the avalanche feature results in multiple consecutive wins. Each 3 consecutive wins from the avalanche will increase the multiplier by 1, up to a maximum multiplier of x10.
There are not bonus games contained within Pyramid: Quest for Immortality.
How to Play:
Basic play for Pyramid: Quest for Immortality is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and level and clicking spin. Alternatively the player can maximise their possible bet by simply clicking on the Max Bet button to the right of the spin icon.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins. From here the user can also click on the advanced settings button in order to manually select different stopping scenarios. These include on any win, when free spins are won, if a single win exceeds an entered amount, or if cash increased or decreases by an entered amount.
Overall Design and Usability:
There is a lot to pull from if you choose to use ancient Egypt as a theme, and NetEnt has used this to great effect. From the symbols on the reels to the background graphics and animations, almost everything visual in this game has seen a lot of attention and care. The only real part of the design which is a bit of a letdown is the fact that NetEnt went with the default play-bar, as a modified Egyptian design here could go a lone way. Still, this is a minor complaint.
When it comes to usability this game covers the basics, though it could do more. The general game itself is very fast and responsive, with no issues regarding reliability being found during our tests. Unfortunately it falls back a bit when it comes to options, as the game itself contains only minor available settings to change. This is especially problematic when it comes to the lack of graphics options, as it means that players on older or less powerful devices might not be able to get in on the fun.
Where to find it:
NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Pyramid: Quest for Immortality there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
A great looking game, and a solid effort, but ultimately one which we feel could have used a bit more attention. There is a great framework here but it is somewhat let down by the lack of bonus features and options. This means that even player's who love the theme wont have their attention held for long, which is disappointing in a game which looks this good. This isn't a bad pokie by any means, it's just that it comes across as a little unambitious.
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