Slot Review: Wild Scarabs by MicrogamingPublished June 16, 2018 by Elana K
In Microgaming's newest slot, Wild Scarabs, players are tasked with capturing wilds scarabs who will unlock the treasures of Ancient Egypt. The game includes 3 bonus features: Wild Deal, Free Spins, and Stashed Wilds.
It’s hard to keep reinventing the wheel, but Microgaming has taken another crack at a rather overdone slot theme: Ancient Egypt. In the developer’s newest slot, Wild Scarabs, players are tasked with capturing wilds scarabs who will unlock the treasures of Ancient Egypt. The game includes 3 bonus features: Wild Deal, Free Spins, and Stashed Wilds. Along with the graphics and catchy soundtrack, they keep the gameplay interesting.
Wild Scarabs is a 5-reel, 243-ways-to-win, low variance slot game, which means you’re likely to get a lot of wins but they’ll be on the smaller side. The game is playable from 20p to £60 a spin on both desktop and mobile, and there is a maximum win of 1733x your stake on each spin.
In the base game, there is non-winning spin that activates the Wild Deal feature. In this feature, 4 extra wilds are added to the reels to increase your chances of a winning combination.
Symbols include different-shaped gemstones, the Eye of Ra, an Ankh, Anubis, and Horus. There is also a gilded scarab wild that substitutes for all symbols, excluding the scatter. The scatter is the most rewarding symbol, with 5 on the reels granting 100x your stake.
The Free Spins feature is where the fun of the game truly lies. When 3 or more scatters appear on the reels, you’ll be awarded 10 free spins. During these spins, if you land a wild that doesn’t give you a winning combination, the wild is stored in what’s called the Stashed Wilds feature. When 3 or more wilds have been stored, they’re randomly added to the reels, guaranteeing a winning combination. You’ll get more free spins until all the wilds that were stashed have been added back to the reels.
As we’ve come to expect from any Microgaming slot, the graphics are superb and the gameplay is smooth and glitch-free. In Wild Scarabs, players can enjoy prolonged gameplay due to the Free Spins feature as well as plenty of opportunities for base-game wins. While the special features certainly keep the game interesting, we’re hoping that for its next slot Microgaming tackles a theme that hasn’t been done to death!