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Golden Ark Slot Machine

This is yet another stunning and exciting online slot from Novomatic which is based on Ancient Egypt and sees you go on a mission deep inside the ancient Golden Ark attempting to rescue a beautiful female Archaeologist – and ultimately get rewarded handsomely for doing so.

It actually reminded me of fellow Novomatic slot Book of Ra Deluxe – one of their most popular slot machines. Boasting amazing graphics, a free spins mode, expanding symbols, and a gamble mode, this is definitely a ‘golden’ slot which I’m certain you will spend countless spins playing!

Variety of Betting Options

Golden Ark contains 5 reels and can be played for up to 10 paylines, however the betting options may be above the bankroll management levels some of you adopt. With a minimum bet per line of £0.04 and a maximum of £10 this means the minimum all paylines can be played for is £0.40 per spin while the maximum of £100 which high limit slots players will be pleased to hear.

 
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Amazing Ancient Symbols

One area which Novomatic seem to excel at is the design of symbols, well apart from those in their classic slots, and those included in Golden Ark are quite simply stunning.

Set deep inside the Arc with hieroglyphics adorning the walls, the main symbol to watch out for is the Ancient Book which also acts as the Wild and substitutes for all other symbols except for the Scatter which is the iconic Eye of Horus and is required for the free spins feature.

Accompanying these two symbols are the female Archaeologist, a golden statue, two ancient scarabs, and playing cards Ace to 10, which are also used in casino table games, have been designed in an Egyptian style in keeping with the historic theme of the slot.

It’s the female Archaeologist who is the most valuable with five of her on one payline rewarding you with 500x your bet, with the Wild (Ancient Book) and golden statue being next highest paying 200x for five, while five of the Queen, Jack or 10’s only result in a 10x win – quite a difference!

10 Free Spins

The free spins mode is the main bonus feature in Golden Ark and it often results in massive wins. Firstly you’ll need to land three or more Scatter symbols in any position on the reels – a feat which sees you rewarded with ten free spins. What is most interesting is a special expanding symbol is selected before your first spin occurs and this has the ability to expand over three positions on the reels in order to improve or create a winning combination. This is awesome and often sees all ten of your free spins result in wins meaning a large payout at the end of the feature!

Golden Gamble

Not happy with the amount you won? No problem, take a risk and click that gamble button to double up and turn it into a big win! Most of you who know how to play online slots will be familiar with the gamble feature but if you don’t it can be selected after any base game win.

You are shown a card with a hieroglyphic design on it deep at the bottom of the Golden Ark and it flashes between red and black. There is a red button and black button and you simply need to choose one of them and try to time it so the card stops flashing on that colour. A successful guess sees your wins doubled, however get it wrong and they are lost in the Ark forever!

Is it a Golden Slot?

Absolutely! This is definitely one of the golden slots from Novomatic and while there are many competitors in the Ancient Egyptian theme (as well as Book of Ra Deluxe it reminded me of the Lost slot machine from Betsoft Gaming) this slot is right up there. The whole design is flawless from the background to the character to the symbols on the reels which really give you that historic feeling while playing it.

Unfortunately an area Novomatic have so often come into criticism for is sounds, and once again this is their downfall in Golden Ark. They are the same standard sounds found in other Novomatic slots like Columbus and Just Jewels Deluxe which is a great shame. It shows a little laziness from such a renowned slots developer as unique sounds would have bolstered its popularity and fitted the theme much better.

Thankfully there are large payouts on offer when you land winning combinations – as much as 500x, however the free spins mode is just as rewarding thanks to the expanding symbols which often see all ten of your free spins develop into wins!

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