Free Sphinx Wild slot
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Sphinx Wild slot is one I'm familiar with and indeed you may be too if you've visited any land-based casinos with IGT cabinets that offer the game. I found it quite volatile but exciting with the Wild features and bonus game, suggesting it has some considerable potential. The graphics are pretty basic as is the accompanying Egyptian music which you find variants of on IGT's other Egypt-themed slots such as Cleopatra Plus and Crown of Egypt. So what does Sphinx Wild offer having made the transposition into an online game?
On the reels...
Like Cleopatra Plus we get 40 pay lines but this time we see 4 rows over 5 reels as opposed to 3 but we retain the stacked symbols although pays aren't huge due to the stacks. We have various items of jewellery, the Ankh, Ra Statue and Eye of horus paying between 2 and 10x bet for a 5-of-a-kind wins and the card values paying between 0.5x and 1.5x for the 5.
As the name suggests it's all down to those Sphinx Wilds. They are double-stacked only and thus can appear on all reels either in one position or two. Their benefit lies in their expanding qualities, for they will expand to cover all adjacent positions on the reels. This means for example that if one appears in the centre two rows of the second reel, it would result in the first 3 reels becoming fully Wild! Should that happen on reels 2 and 4 together you would get the base game's top pay of 40 lines multiplied by 25x bet (the pay for 5-of-a-kind Wilds) thus a huge 1000x bet reward. This though can be even better when we see the bonus round...
Pyramid free games
You will find the reel spin alters when a Pyramids icon appear anywhere on the first 3 reels, as this means a possibility of getting 3 or more of them in view to trigger a volatile and exciting bonus round. The permutations are many as you choose the volatility via different options of multipliers and spin quantity, similar to Wishing You Fortune by WMS and numerous other slots with this formula. Here though unlike those we get more spins for 4 or 5 scatters, giving you these choices:
3 Pyramid Scatters can reward you;
7 free spins with a 5x multiplier
10 free spins with a 3x multiplier
15 free spins with a 2x multiplier
30 free spins with a 1x multiplier
4 Pyramid Scatters can reward you;
9 free spins with a 5x multiplier
15 free spins with a 3x multiplier
20 free spins with a 2x multiplier
40 free spins with a 1x multiplier
5 Pyramid Scatters can reward you;
14 free spins with a 5x multiplier
20 free spins with a 3x multiplier
30 free spins with a 2x multiplier
60 free spins with a 1x multiplier
You can retrigger until you've had a maximum of 600 games, but each retrigger actually lets you choose a different option once your present selection of games and multiplier has ended.
Sphinx Wild slot is different from most games newly available online in that it's been tried and tested in land-based casinos beforehand, so popularity is already quantified. Online you get a 94.10-96.19% RTP which is higher than the cabinet version but you still get the chance of that full screen of 1000x bet Wilds multiplied by up to 5 in the free games - if you're very fortunate. The game is quite volatile as you would expect and despite the low line pays often awards decent wins in the base game. The free spins aren't that frequent as you may expect on a slot with the potential we see here but very exciting to watch when they do arrive. The likelihood is you'll either walk away from this game with the Pharaoh's gold or a handful of desert dust....