Golden Ark from Novomatic
Golden Ark is an online video slot from software developer Novomatic. It has an Ancient Egyptian treasure hunter theme; think Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones. The slots story line centres around going deep inside the ancient Golden Ark on a mission to rescue to the good-looking female archaeologist and receive great rewards for doing so.
The graphics are stunning, with great entertaining animations on some of the symbols. The ancient history basis of the game is a little shaky, somehow paring Ancient Egypt with the Ark of the Covenant, but we can forgive that in the light that the game is entertaining and fun to play. Golden Ark is at its core a very simple game, with only ten pay lines and a single free spins game and no scatters as the wild acts as a scatter which triggers the free spins.
Symbols and Feel
The mundane symbols are from a deck of cards and run from ten to Ace. The font used is rather old fashioned which goes with the ancient Egyptian theme but does look a bit tired. Other symbols include relics that could be found in Ancient Egypt, including golden statues, the female archaeologist, the Eye of Ra and wild symbol, which is the Holy Ancient Book.
Another symbol worth noting is The Special Expanding Symbol, which acts as a scatter. This symbol is chosen at random from amongst the all the other symbols except the wild Ancient Book. The highest paying symbols are not surprisingly the Golden Statue and the Eye of Ra, so keep an ‘eye’ out for these in the reels. The game itself feels like you are inside an ancient tomb or pyramid. Dark colours and lots of gold highlights feature heavily, adding ambiance and atmosphere to the overall feel.
Bonus Game and Free Spins
The bonus game in Golden Ark is where everything starts to heat up. This is where the biggest wins of the game can be found too, especially if one of the top symbols like the Eye or the Statue makes an appearance. Basically, find three or more of the Wild Ancient Book symbols across the five reels, and you will be rewarded with ten free games.
Once these have been triggered you will be taken to a screen where the afore mentioned Special Expanding Symbol will be randomly chosen. Once this has happened and you know what the random symbol is, this time, you can sit back and enjoy watching the free spins roll. So, how do these expanding symbols work? Simply put, depending on what symbol is chosen to become the expanding one, matching two or three of them could expand to fill the whole reel and give you a win.
Finding four or five symbols, especially if one of the higher ones has been chosen to be the Expanding symbol can lead to some hefty wins as the can fill your whole screen.
This free game can be retriggered again and again, leading to potentially larger wins than expected.