The world of online slots is highly competitive, and studios are under constant pressure to release new titles. And since it's not easy to endlessly dream up new ideas, themes, and features, sometimes they just resort to putting an already popular game in a new skin to feed the demand.
That's what Pragmatic Play has done with Fortune of Giza, which is basically just The Dog House transported to the desert of Egypt. Some reviewers and players complain about this practice, but I personally don't have a problem with it. A good game is a good game, and playing one you've found entertaining before with a new appearance doesn't make it any less fun.
Fortune of Giza is played on a 5x3 grid with 20 paylines, set against a view of the Pyramids of Giza with a swirling sandstorm looming in the background. To spin the reels, players will first have to choose a bet level from a range of 0.20 all the way up to 100.00 per spin. Wins are formed when three to five matching symbols land on adjacent reels on a payline, starting at the leftmost reel. And with Wilds granting multipliers and sticking in the bonus round, the highest possible win is 6750 x the bet.
The lower-paying symbols are just what you would expect, card ranks 10 to Ace. And there are no surprises in the premium symbols either, a serpent bracelet, an Ankh, three animal headed gods and a pharaoh. He's the most valuable of the regular symbols, awarding 37.5x the bet when five of a kind land across a line.
The Wild is a glowing orb in a frame of gold. This can only land on the middle three reels, but when it does, it will substitute for other symbols to form a winning combination. It will also boost any wins it is involved in forming with a random multiplier of 2 x or 3 x.
The Scatter is a pyramid silhouetted by the moon. It only lands on reels one, three and five. A Scatter landing anywhere on each of these reels on one spin will trigger the bonus round and award 5 x the bet.
Once the Scatter symbol has triggered the free Spins by landing on reels 1, 3, or 5 simultaneously, a new grid appears. This is 3x3 and each position holds a reel with numbers on it. These spin and once they have come to rest, the numbers they are showing are added up to determine the number of Free Spins the player has won. This can be from 9 to 27.
During the Free Spins, the Wilds can still only land on the middle three reels. But now, every time one does, it sticks for the rest of the round and continues to award a multiplier of 2 x or 3 x to all the wins it's involved in.
As I said, Fortune of Giza won't hold any surprises for anyone who's played The Dog House, but it's still an entertaining game with some decent potential wins and an exciting Free Spins round. And as long as you remember that it is just a game and not a way to earn money, it's fun to play. And if you enjoy this, why not try some of Pragmatic's other games like John Hunter and the Book of Tut, The Hand of Midas and Gates of Olympus. Good Luck.