Playtech’s The Mummy Slot Machine

Playtech - The Mummy SlotOK…this one’s complicated! It’s true to say that in recent months we’ve seen online slot machines push more and more boundaries. From 3D games to interesting new features the software developers are finding new ways to keep us entertained. Playtech’s new slot, The Mummy, (just released at Bet365 and Omni Casino) looks like it’s taking this to a new level!

It’s the latest in a line of Movie-themed slot games which include Kong, Rocky and even more recently The Dark Knight and while most of these are good eye-candy, this often means the emphasis is on entertainment rather than life-changing win potential! The Mummy slot is no different – in fact, it’s even more down that route! It also continues the popular  trend of theming slots on Ancient Egypt, the psychology behind which I analyse in this article if you are interested.

Update: You can now watch a full video of The Mummy here showing all 8 features triggering.

An initial wander through The Mummy paytable screens (it takes 8 of them to explain how this game works!) left me feeling a tad confused. And if I’m honest, a little disappointed because I like “high volatility” games and I’ve learned that the more features and “stuff happening” in a slot game, the less likely it is to be volatile.

The Mummy will probably suit more players than not to be fair: not everyone can take the long lean streaks of volatile (high variance) slot machines and many want more “bang for their buck”. The trade-off is a more modest profit target of course. There is no doubt that Playtech’s Mummy slot machine is going to provide entertainment but the jury’s out on big profits! Although it has 25 paylines, Great Blue this slot ain’t!

I’m a regular at Bet365 casino and it always seems to get the new Playtech slots first so here’s a quick rundown of what to expect from The Mummy slot from my first play at Bet365. Rather like Microgaming‘s popular “Thunderstruck II” and “Immortal Romance” slots, The Mummy requires you to unlock features as you progress. I’m not a fan of this but it’s generally not too tricky and you can understand why it’s programed this way. When that happens in a crap slot game then it simply won’t work but when it’s a slot machine people want to pay – and I suspect The Mummy will fall into that category – then it’s no biggie really.

The main game has scatters on all reels and wilds on 2+3+4. These can take on a new meaning in one or two of the features where extra wilds are awarded or, in the case of the Super Spin, are built up over several free spins before being added to the reels. Like I say, it’s complicated and no amount of reviewing The Mummy can actually replace playing the game for yourself to be honest. There are actually 8 different features to unlock which involve extra scatters, expanding wilds, extra wilds, free spins and respins and even “collapsing reels” (think Davinci Diamonds) although the main game itself is the normal spin-type slot machine (just in case you were wondering there!).

I’ll revisit this review when I have had a good chance to play The Mummy at my leisure and hopefully add a video of some of the features but judging from the paytable walkthrough, don’t hold your breath for that!

Play The Mummy for yourself at Bet365 (download version, only)