Golden Glyph plunges us into the heart of Ancient Egypt with an extremely interesting slot game as it offers many bonus features to enhance our spins.
Golden Age of Egypt
Golden Glyph is the ancient Egyptian-themed cluster-pays slot from Quickspin. The game is played on a 7×7 grid and features Tumbling Reel mechanics, Golden Glyph Wilds and four Power-Ups Features: Extra Spins, Blaze of Fire, Eye of Horus and Golden Scarab.
Quickspin introduces a 7×7 grid cluster pays slot based on an Ancient Egyptian theme.
Golden Glyph – Game overview
The artwork presents an elevated view of a sprawling Egyptian civilization with pyramids and statues in the background. The city wraps around the Lower Nile river just outside Cairo. The 7×7 grid consists of a high-win Pharaoh, Queen and image of a hawk’s head symbolizing the god Horus. There are also four low-wins hieroglyph symbols: a cobra, ankh, eye and water. All symbols cascade down like a waterfall, and for a brief second, we can see more detailed hieroglyph markings.
The sound effects tie in nicely to triggered features and cluster wins and the continuous music loops during play.
This slot has a theoretical payout of 96.19% and can accommodate bets ranging from £0.20 to £100 per round. The game is available for desktop and mobile/tablet. This means that the slot can be enjoyed from just about anywhere whether we’re commuting or at our favourite coffee shop.
Game features of Golden Glyph
Tumbling Mechanics and Cluster Pays
The slot uses Tumbling Mechanics where winning clusters of 5+ symbols disappear, creating empty spaces which cause symbols from above to fall into the empty spaces for the chance to create new winning clusters. Tumbling Mechanics end only when no new winning cluster is formed.
The Power Wild is available during the main game and extra spins. In this feature, the removal of winning clusters then leads to a Power wild awarded in an unoccupied space followed by the tumbling action. It is treated like a wild and removed like any other symbol involved in a cluster win. Each Power wild removed activates another Power-Up.
The slot has medium to high volatility with an RTP of 96.19%.
There are four randomly-decided Power-Ups. These include the Golden Scarab, Eye of Horus and Blaze of God with the final Power-Up always being the Extra Spins Bonus Power-Up.
Power Up: Golden Scarab
The magical scarab will produce from 4 to 10 wilds in random positions before the calculation of wins, if any.
Power Up: Eye of Horus
The Eye of Horus has the Power to remove a randomly-determined symbol of low-value, which is then followed by a tumble and calculation of wins, if any.
Power Up: Blaze of Fire
The Blaze of Fire removes all the symbols in its row and column, except the Golden Glyph wild, Power wild and regular wild. We then receive 1/20th of our bet as a reward.
This game is a cluster pays slot featuring Tumbling mechanics, wilds and four magical Power Up features.
Activating the extra spins bonus instantly rewards 9 extra spins. Each activation during extra spins awards three additional extra spins. A randomly-positioned Golden Glyph wild is placed on the first extra spin. This wild comes with a multiplier, and shifts to a random position until the end of the feature after each spin. The multiplier starts at one and increases for each cluster win for which it takes part. It does not tumble away after a win but moves to a different position.
Ancient Egypt themed slots
I frequently find myself comparing medium to high volatility, ancient Egyptian slots to Book of Dead from Play’n GO or Book of Ra from Novomatic. The reason is that they set the bar high when it comes to Ancient Egyptian-themed slots with high volatility. I would suggest players give these slots a look first if they haven’t already.
Golden Glyph opinion: Striking artwork and features but underwhelming payouts
Golden Glyph by Quickspin taps into the popular Ancient Egyptian mythos and is supported by a striking background, efficient and straightforward symbols and powerful music. In combination with some exciting features, it forms the basis for what in theory would be a fun slot with up to 13,000x bet.
In practice, however, it is payouts that are what many players crave. Despite several great features, I found that it was next to impossible to crack 20x total bet wins which was disappointing. Extra spins are the best way of beating the 20x total bet barrier, but alas this feature requires patience to trigger and while it increases the odds, is no guarantee. The developer described this as medium volatility, but it felt more like high volatility to me.