Wild Scarabs Slots - Microgaming
ABOUT WILD SCARABS SLOTS
Wild Scarabs is a fancy, Egyptian-themed video slot by Microgaming, released in June of 2018. The graphics are average, which was fairly disappointing, considering this was an in-house Microgaming production. The game is played on 5 reels and it has 243 ways to win, forgoing traditional paylines. In a frankly bizarre decision, the developer hasn’t included any music at all outside of landing a win. The target audience for this release are more casual players.
That said, Wild Scarabs isn’t without its strong sides. The slot allows for a maximum win of 104,000 coins, which comes out to 1,733x your total stake. Great news for gamblers hoping to land some big wins! If you plan on making good use of this game’s winning potential, you will have to make use of the two special features. One is the Wild Deal bonus and the other is the ever-familiar free spins round.
HOW TO PLAY
Microgaming’s release has a 5-reel, 3-row layout with 243 ways to win. Thanks to such a game engine, you no longer have to worry about following arbitrary paylines to win prizes. Players can set their wagers between $0.20 and $60 per spin, which is a good betting spread. Quite generous too, since you’re effectively paying for only 20 paylines and getting so many more! Winning is the same as always. Collect three identical symbols in consecutive positions starting from the leftmost reel.
Available icons include various gemstones, an Eye of Horus, an Ankh, Anubis and Ra. The unique symbol art does look cool. Anubis and Ra even have their own animations to keep gamblers interested! The gemstones, in contrast, are a mixed bag. The red and yellow ones look neat, but the rest are rather generic. The blue and purple gems share the prestigious title of least valuable icon. Meanwhile, the Scatter is the highest paying symbol in Wild Scarabs.
We kept trying to figure out why this slot felt as familiar as it did, and we figured it out. The bonuses are actually very similar, if not identical, to Dragonz also made by Microgaming.
A blue-golden scarab is the Wild icon. It can substitute for all symbols except for Scatters, making it quite useful! If a Wild land on the third reel on a non-winning spin, it triggers the Wild Deal special feature. In it, up to four additional Wilds will be added to the playing field to create a guaranteed win.
Scatters are incredibly valuable for two reasons. The first, and most obvious, is that they’re the most valuable icon, making it mandatory for jackpot chasers! Three or more Scatters are also used to activate free spins.
Once triggered, the game awards ten free spins with the Stashed Wild bonus. All non-winning Wilds are picked up and stored off screen. When three Wilds are collected, they return to the reels! They will land in random positions, creating a guaranteed win. Free spins continue until all Wilds have been awarded.
WILD SCARABS ON MOBILE
Credit where it’s due, Microgaming have gone out of their way to ensure platform parity. This means players can enjoy this release on their phones, tablets, laptops or PCs as they please! Each version will have the same graphics and gameplay. There’s no need to choose a different platform because it’s the superior version, as was the case with early mobile slots. If anything, with the growing popularity of mobile gambling, it’s the desktop users that have to start worrying!