Some players might feel they're never short of an Egyptian themed slot, however Genesis Gaming must have felt there was space for just one more. Filled with hieroglyphics, goddesses and trap doors, Gods of Giza takes players deep down into the depths below the ancient pyramids. With huge bonuses hidden behind the tomb walls, the traditional theme is taken to another level by innovative rotating reels.
|Release Date||June 2015|
|Software Provider||Genesis Gaming|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Mobile and Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.13%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||4 reels/ 20 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||20p/£200|
|Free Spins||8 Free Spins|
|Features||Rotating Reels, Wilds, Scatters|
|Pros||Innovative rotating reels|
|Cons||Free spins only available in rotating round, unoriginal theme|
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Gods of Giza takes players on a trip back to ancient Egypt, hidden in the depths of Giza's historic pyramids. In the tombs below, slot games must line the walls by now as this theme is as tried and tested as can be. However, Genesis Gaming have executed this Egyptian slot particularly well, with great graphics and exotic music.
The game itself is a slightly unusual 4 x 4 layout with 20 paylines. The minimum bet is the as low as 1p and goes up to £10. There are four big value hieroglyphics; the Pharaoh, the lady-Pharaoh (presumably the former's wife), and the gods Anubis (the dog), and Horus (the bird).
However, it may take you some time to finally catch a glimpse of some of these characters. The game is, generally speaking, not a high volatility game. This means wins are frequent yet not the kind of big wins you might be hoping for. Gods of Giza makes moves to redeem itself however, with it's rotating reels round. This round boasts more big wins, free spins and innovative design…
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Before we move on to tell you about what's personally my favourite aspect of the game, there are other great features which can help boost your wins.
The wilds are represented by scarab beetles. These little golden creepy crawlies can substitute any symbol except for the scatters. The scatter is an ornate Ankh, which unlocks the extra special feature. Can you feel the suspense building? Are you excited to see what's behind the tomb walls?
Gods of Giza turns all your knowledge of bonus features on its head (and we mean that literally) in one unique new round. Get three scatters on your screen and you're in for a treat. Three scatters unlocks the tomb walls and unveils a bonus round, with 8 free spins.
This doesn't sound like a lot at first, however when you get to grips with the rotating reels you start to understand it's worth a lot more. After every free spin, your wins are counted and then the reels rotate 90 degrees. This gives you four chances with the same symbols so ultimately you're getting 32 free spins.
As the symbols remain the same on each rotation, if you hit a four of a kind line, you're actually getting four times the win on that payline. Similarly a board with a lot of high value symbols can soon turn into a major success!
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Aesthetically, there's nothing wrong with Gods of Giza per se. The theme is carried out beautifully throughout all aspects of the game and there are some lovely graphics when you win big, like the explosion of golden scarab beetles that disperse across your screen. When you consider that Genesis Gaming only released their first mobile slot late last year, it bodes well for any further releases.
The game is available in browser or mobile at Guts Casino, and has been launched through Microgaming‘s Quickfire platform. This means it's available in Flash and HTML 5, which ensures compatibility on all devices, and is consistent throughout. Being picked up by Microgaming is good sign for Genesis Gaming as it proves they have a bright future ahead.
So how come it feels a bit disappointing? We've talked in the past about what really constitutes a video slot, and sadly for all it's innovation, that's what Gods of Giza is missing.
With virtually no narrative, the slot fails to deliver on it's ‘video slot' classification, and could be vastly improved by even a hint of a story line.
By choosing a highly saturated theme, Genesis Gaming have left themselves open to comparisons to other Egyptian slots. If we look back to River of Riches, which Rabcat produced last month, Gods of Giza really comes nowhere close.
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Overall, Gods of Giza is not a bad slot by any means. It's quirky rotating reels are designed to stand out and the graphics are well executed. However, it certainly lacks the extra oomph of some games and with such a traditional theme it feels like it can't really afford to. Still, it's worth a play if you love the Egyptian theme and with a 96.13% RTP, maybe you'll get luckier than I did.