Desert Treasure

Published: 07/01/2013

When Playtech introduced the Desert Treasure video slot with its arid adventure theme, it was an immediate hit. However, it’s the longevity of the game’s popularity that has made this a real star within the realm of online casinos.

The format is standard, offering 5 reels and 20 paylines. The objective is to line up Tens thru Aces, Camels, Sheiks or Oases to win a “hot” payout. The Gold Cobra is the game’s wild symbol, while the Harem Princess and Secret Map symbols trigger special bonuses.

Available credit denominations range from €0.01 to €5.00. It is possible to play from 1 to 20 paylines and bet 1 to 10 credits per line, which makes the maximum wager 200 credits or €1,000. To start the game, simply click “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.

For those who like to activate Autoplay and allow the game to spin by itself, Desert Treasure has a couple of unique aspects. First, there is no toggle on the main screen to activate this feature. Instead, it is hidden and can only be accessed through the pull-down “Tools” menu at the very top of the screen. Second, using the +/- toggles next to the spins indicator is a bit time consuming, so the number of auto spins desired can simply be typed directly into the counter—up to 9,999 spins maximum.

The highest payout on the Desert Treasure video slot is 10,000 times the line bet, which occurs only when five Gold Cobras appear on an active payline. Other payouts range from 5X to 2,000X, as indicated on the game’s pay table. Lining up three or more Map symbols on an active payline will activate the Hidden Oasis Bonus Round. The player may then choose three items such as treasure chests or ancient urns from among 12 gifts offered by the Sheik. Each one reveals a mystery award that is multiplied by the line bet, with several high-value awards are hidden within the objects.

When two or more Harem Princesses appear, the scatter bonus is triggered. It pays up to 500X the total amount bet. Three or more Princesses result in 10 free spins at triple odds, in addition to the multiplier. What’s more, both the free spins and bonus round feature can be reactivated during the free spin round.

The Desert Treasure video slot is linked into Playtech’s progressive Dollar Ball Jackpot. Participation in this feature can be enabled by using the toggle in the upper right corner of the screen. It is available, of course, only in the “real Money” mode, not during free play.

Part of the fun of the Desert Treasure slot is waiting for the bonus features to be revealed. It’s also exciting watching the desert creatures ride the reels—from scorpions and lizards to snakes and beetles—as they infest the card symbols across reels, which pay out only from left to right. Wild symbols can combine with any symbol except the Secret Map or Harem Princess scatter.

Because Desert Treasure is something of a classis, the graphics may see a bit overly simple and the audio less developed than those of newer game arrivals. But the action is fast and the rewards are frequent, making it easy to understand with this game continues to thrill Playtech fans year in and year out.

Published on: 07/01/2013

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