Lucky Scarabs is just another one-dimensional ancient Egypt slot game with small twists and turns. This time the spotlight is on the quite reviled scarab, a type of beetle that was an important cultural icon in the days of the Pharaohs. But there are many other well-known symbols of the time as well, so we wonder at the persistent use of Anubis, Horus, the archaeologist, and the 10 to A card royals, particularly when there is no lack of creativity in graphics and the mechanics.
Lucky Scarabs is an esthetic delight, though the card royals do clash with the other symbols on the reels. The glittering scarabs certainly don’t look repulsive as a number of them crawl on to the reels from outside and transform into golden wilds. In the background you can see the Sphinx, the Egyptian skies and the lush waters of the Nile. The game’s settings can be adjusted from a panel on the right side of the grid.
Bets can be altered from a plus and minus meter below the golden scarab. The game plays out across 5 reels and 3 rows with 9 paylines and has bonus features like random wilds, sticky wilds, and random wilds. The treasure chest is the scatter symbol, and three of them on reels 1, 3, 5 trigger free spins, though it can take a while to occur. As in many games, the fifth reel can be a real teaser when the scatter appears on 1st and 3 reels.
But the star of the show is the lowly scarab, which is responsible for most of the winning potential of the game. It replaces all other symbols, except the scatter to help form winning combinations, just like a card game joker. Players will forget how repulsive they look in Egyptian films and wish for more of their numbers on the reels, as they can create some pyramid-shattering winning combos and give you astounding payouts in this otherwise unoriginal game.
Lucky Scarabs is a mid to high variance game with a less than average return to player rate of 95.39%. As with all high volatility slots, the base game sustains your interest with modest wins, particularly with the random wilds feature. This is where the scarabs keep crawling on to the set in sufficient numbers. However, the scarab wilds become really feral during the free spins round, triggering all the high-paying action. The betting starts from 0.09 and ends at 450.
As usual, the 10 and card royals are the lowest paying symbols of the game, and will be responsible for most of the payouts, particularly in the base game. The premium symbols are Horus, Anubis, the pharaoh, and the lady Indiana Jones archaeologist. For a mid to high volatility game, Lucky Scarabs has a low maximum win potential of 1,000 times your bet. This can be particularly disappointing to high rollers. However, the play can result in decent wins for casual players.
There is a winged golden scarab on the left of the reels, which will randomly appear in its earthly form and crawl onto the screens. Two to fifteen scarabs can randomly crawl on to the reels during any spin and turn into golden wilds. The more the merrier and it takes no imagination to think of the number of winning combinations you can get with this feature, and the resultant payouts.
The treasure chest is the slot’s scatter symbol that appears only on reels 1, 3, and 5. When 3 of them appear at once, you get 8 free spins. During this round, the scarabs become more active, and crawl out in good numbers to become golden wilds. During all the winning combinations, and incredible payouts, if three treasures chests land again, the free spins round is retriggered.
During the free spins round, some of the scarabs will stick on the reels. The golden sticky wilds will remain on the reels for the duration of the round, even as new scarabs crawl on to the set. You can get a maximum of ten sticky wilds, and this can happen even before the other symbols show up. This can create some truly astonishing winning combos, making the scarabs really lucky for you.
Thank your lucky scarabs that this game can be fully enjoyed while being on the move. The game’s software is optimized for cellular operating systems like Android, Windows Phone, iOS, and Blackberry, etc. Hence, the game can be played on all smartphones, iPhones, iPads, and iPods, which run on these systems. It can be played online through your browser.
The HTML5 programming of the game creates a mobile interface that automatically restructures the game’s platform to the small screen. You can enjoy the same HD graphics and audio quality as on PCs. As the game loads in portrait mode, the pharaoh in the background appears above the reels as does the winged golden scarab. Below the reels you have the Nile flowing, which after time seems to take unnecessary screen space. But the reels take center stage once you switch to landscape mode.
Lucky Scarabs can be a player’s delight if taken by itself. However, it’s hard to judge a game on its own merit when it comes after numerous other games, which have taken the path. We think Booming Games need to demonstrate some more originality and creativity if they aspire to be serious competitors to the more celebrated games developers in the business.