Golden Ark Pokie Review
If you are familiar with the Book of Ra pokies – and who isn’t? – then you will know pretty much what to expect from Golden Ark. The Book of Ra series of pokies have long been one of Novomatic’s most popular titles, and they return to similar Ancient Egyptian territory with this offering.
Golden Ark is a standard 5 reel pokie featuring only 10 pay-lines, with minimum bets per line starting from 4 coins and going all the way up to 100 per line for the player with a lot of cash to flash.
There is a lot of familiar Egyptian iconography on display here, from the Eye of Osiris in the background to images of golden statues and jewellery on the reels.
In a slight break with tradition the ‘Indiana Jones’ style figure here is a female character, but otherwise there is nothing particularly new or ground-breaking about what is on offer here.
About The game
Coins Range:0.01 to 2.50
Fee Spins/Multiplier Better:10/No
Scatter/Wild Symbol: in a further nod to the Book of Ra games, the symbol which serves as both Scatter and Wild in the Golden Ark pokie is also a gold and jewel encrusted book.
The book substitutes for all the other symbols in the game, and also provides a cash value reward as follows: 20x your bet for 3 books appearing anywhere on the reels; x200 for 4 books and a Pharaoh’s treasure of x2,000 when all five of them show up together.
A minimum of 3 golden books also unlock the Golden Ark Bonus games.
Golden Ark Bonus Game: when at least 3 books appear on screen you enter the Golden Ark free spins games. The Ark will appear on screen, and one of the game symbols is randomly selected.
During the ten free spins that follow, the chosen symbol can expand to cover the entire reel as long as there are enough of the symbols in question to form a winning combination.
So for example if the golden statue is selected then there must be at least 2 of these onscreen in order for them to expand, but the good news is that they do not need to be next to each other as their appearance on any of the reels will pay out.
Ten further free spins will be triggered if the three books appear in the course of the bonus games.
The Golden Book is definitely the symbol to look out for in this game, as not only does it hold the key to unlocking the Golden Ark, but it also pays out up to 2,000 times your bet when five appear across the reels, as do five of the golden pharaoh statues.
Even more lucrative for players is when 5 of the female adventurers show up, as this means winnings of 5,000 times your initial per line stake.
Of course this is a Novomatic pokie, meaning that you will get the chance to double your winnings by hitting the Gamble button and choosing the correct card colour.
The Book of Ra was a phenomenally successful pokie, so who can blame the developers at Novomatic for returning to the scene of past triumphs with Golden Ark?
The advertised RTP of 95.10% is not generous enough to attract too many, but the theme of Ancient Egypt holds an enduring fascination among pokie players so it is safe to assume that many will be happy to go in search of the treasures of the Golden Ark.