NextGen Gaming has developed and produced A While on the Nile, a Video Slots game with an Ancient Egyptian theme. The lower-value reel images are the usual playing card symbols of 10, J, Q, K and A, with a special Egyptian-like font. The higher-value regular reel symbols include a well-executed Eye of Horus, Pharaoh’s Staff, Cleopatra and a Stone Tablet. To take the game’s central idea further, the reels are also set in an opulent temple, and the background music is fittingly exotic.
A While on the Nile has 4 rows, 5 reels and 50 fixed paylines. The coin value range is 0.01 to 0.5, and the theoretical RTP stands at a respectable 95.01& to 96%. It’s also possible to play for free to practice before spinning for real money, and to set real money games to Autoplay. This allows players to carry on with other things while their spins and wins take place automatically. The Special Features, described below, are also detailed in the game’s Information Feature.
As well as the typical standard bets, A While on the Nile players have a SuperBet option available to them. With this feature more coins can be wagered, so the potential returns are larger. Essentially, a player choosing the SuperBet option is choosing to play for a guaranteed multiplier. The multiplier options are 50, 100, 200 or 300 times, leading to payout increases of up to 10x.
The game’s Wild Symbol is the head of the Sphinx, which only appears on Reels 2, 3 and 4. This can substitute for any symbol on the reels, except the Scatter Symbols mentioned below, to create winning combinations. The Wild Symbol is also stacked, meaning it covers the entire reel that it falls on, and leads to a lot more wins for players.
A While on the Nile actually features 2 Scatter Symbols. Firstly, when 3 Scarab Scatter Symbols appear anywhere on the reels, players are taken to a new screen where several Scarabs are on display. They get to choose beetles by clicking on them, and are rewarded with various cash prizes. When the click on the Collect Scarab, the round is over and players are returned to the main game. The Green Jewel Scatter Symbol can only appear on Reels 2, 3 and 4. When it is seen on each of these, a round of 5 Free Spins is triggered. During these free turns of the reels, random symbols can become Wild, which in turn can trigger Free Spins indefinitely. Any SuperBet levels that have been set are also respected in the Bonus Rounds, and players are paid out accordingly.
The game also offers NextGen’s well-known Gamble Feature, allowing players to try and increase their takings immediately after a win. Directly after a winning combination, enthusiasts of online slots scenes can choose to Gamble and guess the colour of a playing card to double their wins, or the suit of the card to quadruple what they get paid out. Since they will have to forfeit everything for an incorrect prediction, some choose not to play this feature at all. Deciding whether or not to try it adds a final exciting flourish to the game.