Pragmatic Play has started a new chapter in the saga of John Hunter called John Hunter & the Tomb of the Scarab Queen. The slot highlights include a maximum payout of 10,500x total bet, wilds, scatter wins, free spins and the Money Collect Feature.
Indian Jones meets John Hunter
Pragmatic Play is undoubtedly earning a reputation for the phenomenal quality of their artwork. The sun setting on the golden sands to the back of the reels, conceal golden coins below the surface.
The Indiana Jones-looking John Hunter is the highest-paying symbol followed by a statue of the ancient Egyptian God Anubis, pistol and satchel. The four lowest-paying symbols include the royal flush icons.
The soundtrack and additional audio effects do an exceptional job of supporting the Egyptian theme.
The beautiful Cleopatra is the wild symbol who graces the second to fifth reels. She substitutes for all symbols except the scatter, the ‘Collect’ and money symbols.
Money Collect Feature
A golden scarab jewel is a ‘Money’ symbol that can turn up on the first to fourth reels. Each appearance displays a value. On the fifth reel, one of five ‘Collect’ symbols may appear: Collect, Extra Collect, Multiplier Collect, Expanding Collect or Respins Collect.
The first enables you to collect the total value of the ‘Money’ symbols while the second allows you to receive the value of the ‘Extra Credit Collect’ + ‘Money’ symbols. The third multiplies the ‘Money’ symbols by a multiplier value while the fourth expands the ‘Money’ symbols with new random values to cover respective reels.
Finally, the ‘Respin Collect’ locks the ‘Money’ symbols in place and respins the other symbols for the chance to collect more symbols.
Pyramid Scatter Wins & Free Spins
The pyramid scatter wins symbol appears on the second to fourth reels and rewards 3x total bet and eight free spins in sets of three. The feature can be re-triggered.
At the end of the free spins, money symbol values are summed in a pot and returned to the reels in the form of a giant money symbol on reels one to four. A ‘Collect’ symbol on the fifth reel will award the total.
Improved Risk & Reward
John Hunter & the Tomb of the Scarab Queen slot has an RTP of 96.5% and is available on Android, iOS and desktop. You can take this 5-reels and 25-paylines game with you on a smartphone or tablet. Adjust your wagers from 0.25 to 125.
Although the developer states the volatility as medium, the maximum payout of 10,500x total bet is more characteristic of high volatility. It did feel like medium to high volatility. Fortunately, the free spins do trigger every so often, which helps, but the Money Collect Feature seemed much more of a challenge.
If you enjoyed the previous medium to high volatility John Hunter and the Aztec Treasure with a maximum payout of 9,000x total bet, then this latest slot would seem a better risk/reward proposition!