Do you dream of unearthing undiscovered artefacts? Can you imagine yourself revealing the secret treasures of ancient Egypt in a pharaoh’s tomb? If adventure is your middle name, then you are in the right place! Welcome to the high-jink world of the Hidden slot, a game for those able to handle a serious dose of daring-do!
Elk Studios, those Swedish software smarties who have developed games as diverse as the Champion’s Goal slot, Wild Toro and Birthday, have come up with a slot game that offers its player adventure of the treasure hunting kind. Join a crazy crew of fellow treasure hunters amongst the famous pyramids and discover whether you will uncover a world of gold and riches, or will you fall foul of the curse of the ancestors?
Look and feel
The reels are full of stone tablets covered in tiny complex hieroglyphics, and here too you catch a glimpse of the crackerjack crew joining you on your mission to get rich; an older dude with some seriously scientific eyewear and wild white hair, a young boy and a goofy camel- well, I did warn you they were an unusual gang! It’s all pretty high tech – it’s not as mind-blowing as the Jumanji slot machine on the features front, but it is close!
The background of the reels is the dark entrance to a pyramid, guarded by two scary statues of the god of the dead and the underworld, the dog-faced Anubis! That creepy vibe is a warning that you are entering dark and dangerous places!
While you play there are some very satisfying sounds of stone tables arranging themselves on the reels and some unsurprising pipe music to remind us of where we are – exotic Egypt!
The Hidden slot is a 4 row and 5 reel adventure which offers an inviting 178 ways to win to make sure you’re staying focused at the job in hand. That’s the same number of Ways as the Lake’s Five slot machine which is another ELK creation- in fact, if you are a fan of these Swedish games designers, you’ll know that that number crops up quite a bit.
Here, as you hit the spin button, the stone tablets temporarily disappear, only to land again, rearranging themselves on the reels with a stony clattering sound.
The high value icons of play are a mad-cap scientist, a boy in a cap, the toothy camel and the head of the ancient stone sphynx. The lower value icons are Ace through 10 of the card deck carved out of ancient stone.
Hidden’s Wild is a word “Wild” in a golden tablet and this subs for all icons except for the game’s Scatter, a handy magnifying glass.
As you’d expect from this fun-factory of a game, Hidden has two bonus extras to uncover.
The first is the Treasure Room Free Spins, here you can start to really cash-in. This bonus fun is triggered by Lady Luck helping you to land three of the Scatter icons, that useful magnifying glass on reels 2, 3 and 4. Once you’ve managed this feat you are gifted a reasonable 5 freebie spins, if you unearth more Scatters during this game then you get an extra spin- now that’s starting to look like hidden treasure!
Before you get spinning, an icon is randomly chosen to become a winning symbol, if this symbol lands it will transform into a rewarding 2 x2 expanded icon, other icons fall down after each spin allowing new, helpful icons to land, making for more winning icons to land.
Flashback Respins gives you bonus fun in the base game. Here, at random, Wilds become sticky for three spins and these can sometimes take up all the middle three reels, giving you more chances to win!
So how does Elk Studio’s Hidden slot measure up on the adventure stakes? Well, this game is easy on the eye, is simple to play with enough atmosphere and extras to make for an enjoyable distraction.
If you like high-adventure amongst an eccentric crew, Hidden might be the way to avoid the Mummy’s curse and make a serious buck at the same time.