Desert Treasure II

Published: 07/01/2013

Playtech’s popular online video slot called Desert Treasure got an upgrade in 2012. The new version, Desert Treasure II, retains all of the features that made the original such a winner, plus there several new features to make the arid adventure even hotter.

The format remains unchanged, with 5 reels and 20 paylines. The symbols on the reels will look familiar too, including Nines thru Aces, Camels, Sheiks or Oases. What has changed, however, is the audio that accompanies each winning combination, as exotic Middle Eastern riffs provide an extra treat with every payout.

The Gold Cobra is still the game’s wild symbol on reels 2, 3 and 4, but it now expands to fill all three sections of the reel whenever the expansion results in a winning combination. Also returning are the Harem Princess and Secret Map symbols to trigger special bonuses, both with improved graphics.

Available credit denominations range from €0.01 to €5.00. It is possible to select from 1 to 20 paylines and wager 1 to 10 credits per line, thus making maximum bet 200 credits or €1,000. To start the game, click on “Spin.” Winnings are displayed in the “Win” section below the fifth reel, and the player’s current balance shows in the screen’s lower left-hand corner.

Another change incorporated in Desert Treasure II relates to the Autoplay. A toggle has been added to the main screen below reels 1 and 2, replacing the hidden one on the pull-down “Tools” menu at the top of the screen. However, the number of preprogrammed spins possible has been reduced from the original 9,999 to just 99, by using the +/- toggles adjacent to the spins indicator. The Autoplay function disables automatically whenever a bonus feature is won and resumes by itself when the bonus has ended.

The highest payout on the Desert Treasure video slot is still 10,000 times the line bet, which now occurs only when five Sheiks appear on an active payline. Other payouts range from 5X to 2,000X, as displayed on the game’s pay table. Lining up three, four or five Map symbols on an active payline will trigger the Oasis Bonus. The player may then choose three, four or five treasure chests from among seven offered by the Sheik, all of which contains cash awards.

One of the Bonus chests, however, also contains a Treasure Map to a Second Bonus Stage. When the Map appears, the player chooses whether to go to a Secret Tent or a Hidden Sanctum. Again, seven gift items are offered, of which three-, four or five may be selected for additional cash rewards.

When two or more Harem Princesses appear, they animate and blow gold dust toward the player as the scatter bonus is activated. The payout is 2, 5, 50 or 500 times the total amount bet. Three or more Princesses on any of the reels will win 15 free spins at double odds, in addition to the multiplier. What’s more, both the free spins and Oasis Bonus feature can be reactivated during the free spin round.

Credit must be given to Playtech’s design team for not straying too far from the successful original version of Desert Treasure in developing this encore slot. The same desert creatures continue to ride the reels—from scorpions and lizards to snakes and beetles. The addition of a secondary bonus round, additional free spins and the expanding Wild symbol have only made the game more captivating, as have the upgraded graphics and audio.

Published on: 07/01/2013

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