Published: 12/03/2013

The young pharaoh known as Tutankhamun ruled Egypt from 1332 to 1323 BCE—the period in history referred to as the land’s “New Kingdom.” In 1922, his nearly intact tomb was discovered in the Nile region of Luxor, resulting in worldwide press coverage and a renewed public interest in ancient Egypt. Although the pharaoh’s mummy has remained in place at Luxor, many of the relics found in his tomb, including the famous burial mask of “King Tut,” toured the globe in 1972~79, and some 1.6 million visitors saw the exhibition when it debuted at the British Museum in London.

Software developer Realistic Games Ltd. introduced an online slot game based upon the renowned ruler in 2011. It is part of the company’s “Real 2 Reel” series of online slots, noted for their hyper-realistic look appearance. Just like Pentagram, High Rise, Sunset Reels and other games in this line-up, the 5-reel, 20-payline “Tutankhamun” can be operated in either “Full Cabinet View” mode, with other games surrounding it as if on a real casino floor, or in “Close-up View” mode with only the reels shown on the screen.

The game console provides a highly authentic 3-D look. Controls are located on a ledge-like panel below the reels, which are flanked by Egyptian images. Above the reels is a tombstone-shaped marquee appears at the top, depicting the dark inner sanctum of the Luxor tomb with light streaming in through a crack in its vaulted ceiling.

The game begins with the player selecting an amount to wager per line. This is accomplished by using the up/down arrows next to the “Stake per Line” indicator in the middle of the control panel. Available wagers range from €0.01 to €5.00. Next, from 1 to 20 paylines can be selected by using the up/down arrows next to the “Lines in Play” indicator. Alternatively, clicking on any of the line numbers flanking the first and fifth reels will put lines in play. With all 20 lines activated, the maximum possible total stake is €100.

The basic symbols on the reels are the standard cards, Nines through Aces. Catching three or more of them on an active win line from left to right is worth a line bet multiplier of from 3X to 80X. Just two of the Nines will pay out, too, at a multiplier of 2X. Matching three or more relics—Vase, Lily, Hieroglyphics or Eye of Ra—will pay multipliers of 20X to 1000X.

There is also a Burial Mask symbol on the reels that serves as a wild, substituting for all of the above symbols. Catching 2, 3, 4 or 5 Burial Masks on an active payline is worth a multiplier of 40X, 100X, 10000X or 40000X, respectively. When the Burial Masks substitute for other symbols, they also pay a bonus payline multiplier of 2X, 3X, 4X or 5X for 1, 2, 3 or four symbols used.

The Pyramid Bonus scatter appears on all five reels. Whenever 3, 4 or 5 of the scatter symbols come up in any positions, they pay multipliers of the entire state at 5X, 75X or 500X trigger, respectively, and simultaneously trigger the Free Spins Bonus Round. The award is 15 free spins with all wins trebled. Also during the bonus round, a special Pentagram symbol appears on the centre reel. When the Pentagram appears anywhere on the reel, a Pentagram Bonus is awarded, doubling the “Total Win.” Because free spins are played on the usual set of reels, the bonus feature can be re-triggered indefinitely. However, the maximum allowable payout during the Free Spins Bonus Round is 40000X. Any payouts over this value, or unused ‘Free Spins’, will be ignored.

Tutankhamun has an Auto Play option. The access button marked “Auto” is on the right side of the control panel next to the “Start” button. Clicking on it opens an Auto Play screen with several options, including settings for the number of auto spins from 10 to 500, a stop amount for jackpots, a “Fast Reel Spin” function on/off, and the option to either pause or automatically continue when either of the Bonus Round features is awarded.

Another special aspect of Tutankhamun is its audio-visual enhancements. On the “Options” menu at the upper left of the display, the screen resolution can be set to High, Medium or Low. Clicking on ‘Sound” will pop open a window of audio selections, including sliders to set the Master Sound and Reel Spins Sounds, as well as radio buttons for Themed Music or Generic Sound.

Published on: 12/03/2013

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