Merkur Gaming

Key of the Nile Slot Machine

Key of the Nile is a game that has recently been launched by Edict Egaming, but with their usual in-house developer behind it, called Merkur. The game will have us once again going to Ancient Egypt and exploring its treasures and deities, something that has become quite common these days.

If you look at what’s on the table inside, you’re going to discover a slot machine with 5 reels/10 paylines, with wins of up to 100x the stake offered and with some basic features, giving you regular and sticky expanding wilds, scatters and free spins to boost your winnings further.

Betting and Prizes

As other Merkur-designed slot machines before it, Key of the Nile will require a wager that will have all its lines covered and active. The smallest wager which can be selected is $0.10, but there are bigger bets available as well, even going up to $100 apparently. That should give you a line bet of up to $10.

The game’s rewards aren’t very high, and for the base game that might be disappointing. The best payout you can get is 100x the stake, or about $10,000 for a single spin. The free spins make the rewards attractive thanks to their use of sticky expanding wilds, but more on that below. As usual, I expect the RTP to be a relatively average one, somewhere around 96%, like in other Merkur releases before it.

Key of the Nile Slot Features

Some of the features delivered by Key of the Nile will feel average, but there are some complications introduced, which should make the action a lot more interesting.

The Key is going to be your wild symbol, and for the base game it should prove a relatively boring feature. It’s just a substitute there, a regular symbol that you can have as part of winning combinations. At that point, it takes the place of a regular symbol which is needed in that position. It’s not going to contribute to the free spins activation though.

When you see the Pyramid symbols scattered around, know that you’re close to triggering the exciting free spins. These require 3, 4 or 5 scattered symbols, so their location is not relevant, only their total number. They trigger for you 10, 15 or 20 free spins.

Have one of the wilds appear during these rounds, to make them expand on their reel for the duration of the next 4 free spins. You can get several expanding and sticky wilds this way, and for a while the rewards could be excellent. The big potential of the game is clearly coming from the free spins feature, not the base game.

Theme & Design

About the most boring part about this game is its use of the Ancient Egypt theme. It’s incredibly common at online casinos, and they can look great in some cases, which is most definitely not the case here. Only average-looking graphics and images of several Egyptian gods, of tablets, scarabs, pyramids and keys, these are the ones you see in the important positions. The less important ones will still be getting Royals with a funky design, which is supposed to be Egyptian.

Conclusion

Key of the Nile doesn’t pay a huge amount, but it looks like the kind of game that will do it often, particularly once you manage to trigger its free spins.