In an online slot world which is well represented by ancient Egyptian themed games it takes something extra special to make a mark, and with Blaze of Ra maker Push Gaming definitely don’t disappoint. From the first bars of the hauntingly melodic and extremely atmospheric background music, to the backdrop images of golden sands blowing softly past pyramids - watched over by a mighty statue of the iconic Ra himself, you know this is going to be a slot worth investing time in. Read our full review below.
Who was Ra?
Ra is revered as both a sun god and the king of all gods of Ancient Egypt, an extremely powerful figure many thought created the entire world. He was honoured both in life and afterwards through the building of pyramids, and, more unusually, through solar temples. These were purposefully built with no roof and featured obelisks and altars rather than the traditional statue of the god it was built for, as they believed the sunlight which had free access signified the presence of Ra much better than anything else could. Now you can step into the world of this all-powerful leader of the old world, and seek your own fame and fortune.
About the game
Blaze of Ra by Push Gaming may be a step above most Egyptian releases but it follows the standard set up and layout. This 5-reel, 40 payline video slot is easy on the eye, making the most of a pale blue background for the reels, and symbols either using or etched in a pleasant gold colour. The control panel is easy to read and doesn’t detract from the overall look of the game, which is always nice.
In this slot the spin button is placed to the far right of the panel, with the smaller autoplay set up button sitting to its left. With a maximum of a 100 autospin limit this game can definitely cope with minor distractions. From this button it is also possible to set both a total limit loss and a single win limit, as well as a total bet per spin at anywhere between 0.20 - 100. Further customisation of the game is possible as the hypnotic background music and sound effects throughout the game can be turned off, either together or individually.
The magnificent bird god Ra takes the wild card title, and he can sub for all other symbols in the game barring the scarab scatter. Other icons featured include the eye of Horus (sometimes also known as the eye of Ra), the ankh cross - a symbol of eternal life, two animal gods - the dog Anubis, and the cat Bastet, a delicate lotus flower, and nicely drawn playing card symbols featuring the letters A - J.
Rewards for matching Egyptian symbols
You could be forgiven for any initial disappointment felt over the payouts for spinning several matching icons on the reels, but to be fair this is balanced by both frequent wins and lots of generous opportunities to make bonus cash. Still, even when you get five of the much loved Ra icons in one spin the reward is only 20x the stake, with four matches paying 5x and 3 the same generating 1x your wager.
The other major symbols all pay less, and within a very similar range. For example five of the cat god means an 8x return, while the dog god pays 6x for the same number. The remaining symbols, including the ankh, eye of Horus and lotus flower offer from 1 - 4x for five matches, down to a mere 0.10 - 0.30 for three. As you may expect the symbols A - K are the bottom of the league with around 0.40-0.50 reward for five of them appearing on one spin.
Bonuses and extra games
The wild Ra
This is one to watch, as three or more on an active payline leads to various rewards. Trigger the bonus feature and you’ll find reels one, three and five are covered with expanding Ra images, and they don’t go anywhere while your spins are active. Keep an eye out for any scarab icons that show up during this time as they mean you get yet more spins to enjoy.
When at least one Ra symbol features in the first or second position on at least one reel before you spin there’s a treat ahead. Rather than spinning as usual those reels nudge down by two places, while the other reels spin as usual. Of course, this boosts the chance of a win, which is always welcome.
The scatter bonus feature
Represented by the scarab, you only need to get three or more anywhere across the reels to unlock the bonus feature. Each of the scarab symbols on your reels is worth either 1 or 2 spins, and you get to play the total won. Don’t forget that each free spin means reels 1, 3 and 5 become stacked wilds and could bring even more free spins.
Blaze of Ra - a modern game for contemporary players
In the twenty-first century online slots are enjoyed by players using many different types of technology, from desktop and laptops to mobile phones and tablets operated by giants like Google and Apple, and it won’t be a surprise that Blaze of Ra was designed to deliver an equally exciting and rewarding experience regardless of how it is accessed. As with all releases from this company it was designed as a mobile-optimised HTML5 game and can be played via your choice of web browser, regardless of the type or size of screen you use to play it on.
Bringing ancient history into the contemporary world
Blaze of Ra offers a fascinating insight into a world where passions and emotions ran high, and the connections between people and all-powerful gods underpinned all aspects of life. This well designed slot delivers the right amount of fun and mystery to make it a winner for the long term; something which will appeal to anyone who needs a touch of that Ra magic in their lives. If Ancient Egypt isn't your thing, check out our other free slots for something different.
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