Pyramid: Quest for Immortality
Pyramid – Quest for Immortality is a 5-reel, 720-bet way online slot machine powered by top software provider NetEnt. Action takes place in ancient Egypt, in the heart of a long-lost pyramid full of abandoned treasures and guarded by Horus and Anubis, Gods of the Sky and of the Afterlife respectively.
The graphics are sharp and powerful, the colours are vibrant, with very well-designed symbols and icons which include hieroglyphic notations. The soundtrack features some ancient Egyptian background music and sound effects, as well as the sound of stones tumbling when symbols fall into positions in the reels in an ‘Avalanche’ style, instead of spinning. That’s right, because this slot uses the same Avalanche technology (first) seen in the popular Gonzo’s Quest.
The number of rows on the 5 reels change, forming a display that makes it look as if the reels were set inside a pyramid. There are 3 rows on the first reel, 4 rows on the second, 5 rows on the third, and then 4 and 3 rows on the fourth and fifth reels respectively. So, rather than (fixed) paylines, this slot features 3 x 4 x 5 x 4 x 3 = 720 ‘win ways’, which are created by identical symbols falling in any position on three or more adjacent reels starting from the left.
This game should cater for players of all levels, with a highest bet per spin of 200 credits which will satisfy high rollers and a minimum bet of 0.10 credits which will please low rollers.
The main symbols are representations of Egyptian mythology. The wild symbol is represented by a golden ankh, which can replace all other symbols but won’t award line payouts.
Symbols that do grant line payouts are the pharaoh, the queen, the scarab, the goddess Isis and the asp, as well as the usual playing card icons. All of them can appear stacked on the reels. There are no scatter or bonus symbols in this game.
Payouts are awarded for a minimum of three symbols of a kind from the first reel on the left. The highest paying symbol is the pharaoh, which awards 50 coins per bet level when five such symbols appear on the reels.
This may not seem like a significant amount, but in can turn into a more substantial prize when the number of coins is multiplied by the number of bet way wins with that symbol, and also if the Avalanche Multiplier is applicable.
The maximum win, which can be achieved thanks to the Avalanche Multiplier, is equivalent to 3,600,000 coins or 36,000 times your bet.
This slot may not have a free spins round or a second-screen bonus game, but it can boast other innovative and captivating features. One of them is the Avalanche feature, first introduced by NetEnt in 2010 and since become a popular sign of quality releases.
A bet way win triggers an Avalanche, during which the symbols that have formed a winning combination crumble and vanish, and new ones fall in place. Avalanches will be re-triggered every time a bet way win occurs.
One of the other cool features is the Wild Generation. Wild symbols appearing on top of reels 2, 3 and 4 that form part of winning combinations will not crumble and vanish, but rather transform into wild symbols for the next Avalanche.
Finally, there’s the Avalanche Multiplier. The ‘Avalanche Meter‘ is represented by Anubis’ sceptre, which can be seen in the top right-hand corner of the screen. When a winning combination is formed, the meter starts filling.
It will continue to fill as long as winning combinations are completed. After three consecutive wins, a 2x multiplier is activated. For every three further consecutive avalanche wins, the multiplier will increase one by one until it becomes a x10 Multiplier. That would require 30 successive wins, so reaching that stage will mean that a consistent amount has been won!
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Game Settings and How To Play
Before you start playing, select the coin value and the number of coins you are betting with (bet level, between 1 and 10) using the appropriate buttons. Coin values range from 0.01 to 2.00 and bets, with a wager of 10 coins per level, range from €/£0.10 to €/£200.
There’s not much room for customisation, due to limited game settings options. Game history can be accessed when playing for real money. Common features such as Max Bet and an auto-play are also available in this game.
You can set a number of automatic spins (10 – 1,000), sit back and relax whilst the reels keep spinning. Auto-play can be disabled at any time, or it can be set to automatically stop according to cash winnings or losses, or whenever you win or hit the bonus.