Review of Bally’s Pharaoh’s Dream Slots Machine
The Pharaoh’s Dream slot machine game from Bally Technologies is a 5-reel, 40-payline game with an Egyptian theme. The game features many of the standard trappings of today’s popular slots games: wilds, scatters, multipliers, and free spins. The theme for this game is probably less compelling than that of most of Bally’s other games. It’s based on Ancient Egyptian culture, though I imagine even Egyptologists couldn’t tell you what the pharaohs might have dreamed about.
The graphics for the game are lovely, featuring tans and light purples accentuated by splashes of brilliant blues, reds, and greens. The sound effects are lackluster in the extreme. In fact, this is one of the first games from Bally Technologies I’ve played where I was disappointed by the sound effects and music.
The game is available in the following denominations: €0.01, €0.02, €0.03, €0.04, €0.05, €0.06, €0.07, €0.08, €0.09, €0.10, €0.15, €0.20, €0.50, €1.00, €2.00, €3.00, €4.00, €5.00, and €10.00. This amount is wagered per line, so players can wager between a penny per spin and €400.00 per spin. The game is appropriate for both high rolling and low rolling slots players.
The game has an Egyptian theme, so you get images of King Tut, pyramids, ankhs, Osiris, and other symbols that probably aren’t recognizable to anyone who isn’t interested in Egyptian culture as a hobby. Besides those symbols, Pharaoh’s Dream uses the common playing cards symbols found on many of Bally Technologies’ other games: the nine, the ten, the jack, the queen, the king, and the ace. Each of these is dressed up with a tiny symbol to make it look more “Egyptian”.
The “double pyramid” symbol acts as a wild symbol. It can replace any other symbol needed on a payline in order to make a winning combination. Along with the “Eye of Horus” symbol, the double pyramids offer the highest payouts in the game, with a €5000.00 payout when you line up five of them on your screen. (Four of them are worth €2000.00, and three of them are worth €300.00.)
The King Tut symbol, which, admittedly, might be any mummy of an Egyptian king, is the scatter symbol. Hitting these earns the player 10 free spins with a 10X multiplier on any of the winnings on those spins. The scarab and the ankh are also significant symbols, with payouts of €1500.00 and €1200.00 when the player hits five of them on a payline.
Payouts for the card game symbols is significantly lower, with the highest jackpot being €1000.00 for the ace, king, or queen—if you get five of them on a payline. The jack, ten, and nine are only worth €500.00 when you get five of them.
Free Version Online
Pharaoh’s Dream slot machines are available to play for free online, so prospective players can try the game out for what is essentially Monopoly money (worth nothing) before deciding whether or not they want to play for real. It can even be played in a browser window at participating casinos’ sites, provided you are able to run Flash on your device.
The Egyptian Symbols in the Game
The Egyptian symbols used in Pharaoh’s Dream slots have interesting back-stories of their own. For example, the “Eye of Horus” symbolizes vitality, strength, and protection. It was often used on amulets for the dead; ancient Egyptians believed that the symbol would protect the pharaohs in their journey through the afterlife.
Pyramids, of course, aren’t unique to Egypt, but most people associate them with the country. From a distance, the Egyptian pyramids almost seem to shine from within. This is because they’re made from highly polished limestone bricks. The Egyptians started building pyramids 2700 years before Christ. Over 135 different pyramids still stand in Egypt, the largest being the Great Pyramid of Giza, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
The ankh symbol represents the key to eternal life. It’s shaped similar to a Christian cross, but the top is rounded rather than a straight line. No one has a plausible explanation for the origin of the symbol, but it’s ubiquitous in the paintings adorning the walls of Egyptian tombs.
Osiris and the Egyptian Underworld
Osiris is the Egyptian god of the afterlife. Like the Romans’ Pluto, Osiris’s domain was that of the underworld. The god Osiris was also associated with the cycle of the seasons, and, like Jesus Christ, rose from the dead after having been killed. Osiris was chopped into pieces by the dark god, Set, then hidden around the world so the pieces could not be found. His son, Horus, and his wife, Isis, located the many pieces of Osiris, and then brought him back to life.
Resurrection was an important part of the Egyptian psychology, and explains why their chief deity ruled the underworld. The Egyptian followers of Osiris hoped to achieve life after death via their worship of Osiris.
Egyptian themes are not uncommon in gambling and slot machines. Because the pyramids were built to house the vast wealth of the pharaohs, popular culture associates ancient Egypt, the pharaohs, and the pyramids with treasure. Since gamblers playing slot machines hope to win large amounts of coins, the association isn’t a large leap. King Tut’s tomb alone had hundreds of pounds of gold within it, making it the largest treasure of ancient Egypt. In fact, all of the treasure in all of the other tombs and pyramids in Egypt don’t add up to the amount of treasure found in Tutankhamen’s tomb.
So maybe, in the end, it’s not so hard to know what a pharaoh’s dreams contained. We can suppose King Tut dreamt of gold.