Old-School Exploring in Desert Dreams Slots
Desert Dreams is a video slots title developed by CryptoLogic, now owned by Amaya Gaming. It is another title employing often-used Egyptian iconography, but instead of focusing on the ancient kingdom and its gods as so many other games do, Desert Dreams is set in the Egypt of Victorian explorers. It has five reels with three rows each, and 20 paylines, set in front of a wall of faded hieroglyphics. The icons are all theme related, created in soft colours and a distinctive 30s comic-book style.
Fully Adjustable Betting Options
The paylines played on Desert Dreams can be set at any number between 1 and 20, and bets per line can also be adjusted. The lowest bet per line is 0.01 in the currency being played, and the highest possible bet is 5.00 per line. So depending on how much players can afford to wager, they can bet between 0.01 and 100.00 per spin. Players can also adjust the number of spins in the Auto Play function and other game settings to play according to personal preferences.
Equal Values for Paired Icons
Although Desert Dreams uses no Poker symbols, several of the low-value icons are paired off in terms of their prize values. The lowest-value symbol is a compass, paying 5 coins for three of a kind and 100 for five matches. The ancient pot and Pharaoh’s seal both score equal wins for three, four or five of a kind, and prizes for the Ankh or shovel are identical, as they are for the pickaxe and the comic camel. Top wins, for five camels or pickaxes, is 500 coins. Next up is the native digger, who pays 5 coins for two matches and 750 coins for five, and the lady hieroglyphics expert is worth the highest prize in ordinary play: 2,000 coins for five of a kind. Icons animate with brief snatches of ethereal Egyptian music every time they are part of a win.
Scattered Sarcophagus Triggers Multipliers and Free Spins
The famous death mask of Tutankhamun is instantly recognisable as the Desert Dreams Scatter symbol, called the Scattered Sarcophagus here. Two or more Scatters in any position trigger a multiplier on the total bet. This starts at X1 for two Scatters, which basically results in the player getting their bet on the previous spin back, up to as much as 100X the bet for five Scatters. Three or more Scatters trigger a bonus round of 10 free games. These free spins can be retriggered during the bonus round, and all prizes increase by a 3X multiplier throughout the round.
Explorer Substitutes as the Wild
A turbaned explorer clutching a pearl completes the Egyptian-themed icons, and can substitute for any symbol except the Scatter. The Wild also wins prizes for matching Wild combinations; Desert Dreams pays 2 coins for a single Wild, and up to 4,000 coins: the prize for five Wilds on a payline. All in all, the title offers fairly common bonus features, but they do create the potential for significant prizes.