Eye of Atum is another new release from the most productive studio in the online slot world, Play'nGo. The Ancient Egyptian theme revolves around the god Atum.
He might not be one of the better-known gods like Horus, the central character in Eye of Horus by Blueprint Gaming. But nevertheless, Atum is one of the most important deities in the whole of Ancient Egyptian mythology. He is a primeval cosmic creator, the sun god from whom all life sprang. In his human incarnation, he is the ruler of all Egypt and wears the Double Crown of his kingdom.
The game grid itself is a straightforward 5 reel, 3 row affair with ten fixed paylines. The betting range starts at 0.10 and goes up to 100. The maximum win on this high volatility slot is 2000 x the stake.
The design is on the simple side, although the graphics are very clear and detailed. The simple grid has reels framed with the striped staves commonly associated with Egyptian deities. The background features palm trees set against a building on a balmy Mediterranean night.
The symbols on the reels are a combination of plain-looking card ranks and beautifully illustrated themed symbols.
The card ranks J, Q, K, and A are the lower paying symbols. These are all worth the same and will give a top payout of 10 x your stake for five matching symbols on a payline.
The themed symbols are the crook and flail (heka and nekhakha), the ankh, a sacred cat, a scarab, and the Eye of Atum. These pay a top prize of between 20 x and 50 x the stake for five of a kind on a payline.
Egyptian-themed slots without a pyramid on the reels are rare indeed. And in Eye of Atum, this symbol is the Scatter. It can land anywhere on the reels, and three or more will trigger the Free Spins bonus round. It will also give a payout of a whopping 500 x the bet for five of a kind.
Atum acts as the game's Wild, and as the primal god of creation, he comes with extraordinary powers. However, he can only land on reels 2, 3, and 4; when he does, he'll expand to cover the entire reel. As well as standing in for other symbols to form wins, of course.
The expanding Wilds can help form multiple wins with their ability to cover all the positions on the entire reel they land on. Even in the base game, this means you could be playing with the second, third, fourth, or any combination of these full of Wilds.
Land 3 or more pyramid Scatter symbols and the Free Spins feature will be activated. You will then receive an initial 12 free spins. While you spin your way through these, three or more Scatters will get you an extra 12. Additionally, Wilds will not only help you form wins in the bonus round. If you land 1, 2 or 3 of them in the Free Spins, you will receive 1, 3 or 5 extra free spins, respectively.
Wilds still expand as they do during the base game, but as well as awarding extra spins during the bonus round, they also have another power. Every Wild that lands will upgrade the least valuable of the themed symbols on the reels to the next symbol up the paytable. This means you could end up with the reels covered in nothing but Wilds and the Eye of Atum, the highest paying regular symbol.
Eye of Atum makes a great addition to the catalogue of Egyptian-themed slots available. Expanding Wilds are not a new concept, but Play'nGo have given the Atum Wild some interesting extra powers that keep gameplay fresh and exciting, as well as offering some excellent win potential. Check it out for yourself here at bwin.