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The Egyptian Heroes slot was released by NetEnt in 2013. Ancient Egypt has been a source of inspiration for game developers for a long time and this 5-reel video slot brings the theme to life with that trademark NetEnt flair we see in the quality of the design.
The slot had 20 paylines and a number of features including free spins, special Wilds, multipliers and more. Unfortunately, NetEnt discontinued this game some years after its release, much to the dismay of fans who enjoyed the slot’s medium-high volatility and its engaging theme.
NetEnt kept players’ betting options wide open in Egyptian Heroes. They could choose how many of the 20 available paylines they wanted active, though many opted for the whole set as this meant the Golden Bet feature (and its juicy multipliers) became accessible.
Players could bet up to 10 coins per line, creating a betting range of between £0.20 and £100 per spin. This certainly contributed to the video slot’s appeal across a broad swathe of players and budgets. As we will see shortly, NetEnt threw everything but the kitchen sink at Egyptian Heroes in terms of features.
As with any Egyptian-themed slot game, Egyptian Heroes has plenty of characters and motifs inspired by the ancient civilisation. From scarab beetles and images of the gods themselves, this video slot packs in plenty of atmosphere and visual appeal. Ra and Osiris and others appear as powerfully detailed symbols that exude godly authority.
The low-value symbols are fairly standard and represented by relatively unadorned royal suit numbers and letters. Mighty columns on either side of the game screen let us know we are in a temple, further adding to the ambience created by this game.
When you spin on Egyptian Heroes, the reels rotate with a satisfying sound that reminds us of stone doors being opened, as you might hear in the movies. A stringed instrument emits a flourish when small wins land and the music becomes more intense the larger the win.
Crack open the free spins feature and you would be treated to a melodic flute sound as the feature activates. Land a win during the feature and the player would hear a much more exuberant musical tune as an extra reward.
The Wild pyramid symbol appears on reels 2 to 4 and expands to complete winning combos. It can replace all symbols except for the Scatter. This is the golden pharaoh’s tomb and three or more will launch the free spins features with between 10 and 20 spins. Additional spins can be unlocked during the feature.
During free spins, a Sticky Wild covers the central reel and can expand to reels 2 and 4 to complete combinations.
The Golden Bet Line appears at random on a payline and any win formed on that payline will have a multiplier - from x2 to x5 - automatically applied.
There are plenty of Egyptian slots out there and the 2013 NetEnt slot Egyptian Heroes was a player favourite for many reasons. While we can no longer play this game, it remains a good example of what a top-notch development studio can do with a familiar theme to refresh and rejuvenate it.