Pyramid

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Games based upon an ancient Egyptian theme are a large category at online casinos. Many take their motifs directly from the relics discovered in 1922 in the Luxor region of the Nile River, where the young pharaoh known as Tutankhamen once ruled Egypt from 1332 to 1323 BCE.

The instant win game called “Pyramid” is certainly representative of this genre. It was developed by software specialist Orbis OpenBet for use at Bet365, Ladbrokes and other major gaming web sites to compliment their line-ups Egyptian themed slots and arcade games. The introductory screen offering the option of “Real Play” or “Demo Play” appears to be the interior of King Tut’s tomb, where hieroglyphs, cracked stonework and a shadowy passageway set the atmosphere for adventure.

The game screen is initially shrouded in darkness, with the outline of the Pyramid just barely discernable. A message box in the centre of the display greets the player with rotating phrases: “Welcome to Pyramid,” “Use up and down arrows to select the stake,” and “Click OK to confirm the amount.”

The “up and down arrows” referred to are located on the lower left of the display, attached to the “Stake” indicator. Clicking on the arrows allows selection of the amount to be wagered, from £0.50 to £1,000. The green-coloured “OK” button is set in the middle of the display to the right of the Stake indicator. An additional Stake indicator also appears at the top right corner of the screen below the “Balance” indicator.

As soon as OK is clicked, the lights come on, so to speak, revealing the Pyramid game board. It consists of 21 “tiles” stacked atop one another in six rows to form a pyramid shape. The bottom-most row has six tiles; the next row up has five tiles, then four and so on through three and two tiles, up to the apex where a single tile sits. Each tile bears the image of the hieroglyph known as “Ankh”—the 4,000-year-old “Symbol of Eternal Life.”

Beneath the base of the Pyramid is a slider that shows eight other hieroglyphs: the Scarab, Jackal, Owl, Musician, Worker, Priest, Gateway and the Eye of Horus. The slider is flanked by left/right toggles that allow the symbols to be scrolled in either direction so that one may be selected by positioning it in the centre of the window. Instructions in the message box read “Select a symbol and press play.” The “Play” button appears in the position previously occupied by the “OK” button.

As soon as the Play button is clicked, the tiles on the bottom-most row will flip over, each revealing one of the eight hieroglyphs. If the player-selected hieroglyph matches one or more of the revealed symbols, a cash multiplier of the total stake is won, starting at 1.25X for one match, 2X for two matches, and so on, up to 5000X for all six. If no matches appear, the game ends and the stake is lost.

On the other hand, following a winning match, the player has the option to “Collect” the cash prize awarded or risk it on another hieroglyph to match for the row of five tiles. The same process applies of selecting a symbol and matching it for each row of the pyramid, all the way to the very top where only one hidden symbol remains. If it is matched correctly, the final accumulated stake is multiplied by 8X and the game’s progressive Jackpot is won.

Throughout the game, the “Payout” for matching symbols is displayed in the upper right corner of the screen, and the “Jackpot” value is shown in the upper left corner of the screen. The game’s “Sound” and graphic “Quality” can be controlled by using the pull-down “Options” menu at the top of the screen, which also has a “”Turbo” feature to speed play.

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