Mysterious Egypt slot review (Pragmatic Play)

The title summarises best what the slot is all about. It's a Book of Ra slot, of which we have seen too many. And it ain't the first of Pragmatic Play either. Do you remember John Hunter and the Book of Tut or the Return of the Dead slot?

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Mysterious Egypt – a Pragmatic Play and a Book of Ra slot with a couple of extra features

The good news is that this slot has a couple of new features, thanks to the two special expanding symbols and the mystery symbols in the main game.

It’s a volatile slot with more than enough winning potential.

Mysterious Egypt: The maximum win is over 5,500x the bet.

Even though it’s nowhere near insane, such a win is still something to play for nowadays. Equally as important are the odds of landing it.

The Pragmatic Play slots with the highest maximum win (some even over 100,000x) are way more extreme. Chances of landing such a win are just as high as the chances of Malta or Gibraltar winning the World Cup.

In short, the max win doesn’t always give you the full story.


Number of paylines: 5×3 setup,  10 fixed paylines

RTP and variance: 96.50%,  High variance

Maximum win: Over 5.500x

Betting range: €0,10 – €100

Bonus features: Free spins, Buy Free Spins feature.

Casino Hipster verdict:  Not bad, but I wouldn’t call it hot. It misses originality, and we have seen too many Book of Ra slots



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Mysterious Egypt slot – Gameplay and Features

Mysterious Egypt has 5 reels with 3 rows of symbols, and there are 10 fixed paylines.

The high-paying symbols are typical Egyptian characters like cats, birds, a pyramid, and Horus’s eye.  A 5-of-a-kind of Horus eye’s yield a lovely 500x win.

The low-paying symbols are the 9, 10, J, Q, K and A.

Furthermore, we have the Egyptian Queen (maybe Cleopatra), which is the Wild symbol and the Scatter symbol. Moreover, it also yields some massive wins. If you manage to spin 5 scatters, you’re guaranteed a 200x win!

Mystery symbols

In the main game, you have mystery symbols. The nice thing is that these appear on your screen, only if you make a win. In that case, these expand and cover an entire reel. It’s what we’re used to seeing with a Book of Ra type of slot.

How to win the Free Spins?

You’re awarded 10 free spins if you spin 3, 4 or 5 scatters. It does matter if you land 3, 4 or 5 scatters, as the payout is 2x, 20x or 200x, respectively.

With Mysterious Egypt, you can opt for the Bonus Buy Feature. It costs you 100x the original bet, to get the 10 free spins.

The free spins – expanding symbols

Unlike most Book of Ra slots, you don’t get one special expanding symbols, but two! These expand (collapse) over an entire reel if it gets you a win.

The symbols don’t need to be “adjacent” (start from reel 1 onwards and be adjacent), which is the main eyecatcher of a Book of Ra slot.

If the special symbol is the Horus Eye, and if you manage to get these on all 5 reels, you’ll indeed grab a full screen of Horus Eye’s, and therefore a blistering 5000x win!

Payout percentage (RTP) is 96.50%

The payout percentage of Mysterious Egypt is 96.5%, which is pretty much the default RTP of Pragmatic Play slots. No reason to complain, even though it won’t be in our list of Pragmatic Play slots with the highest RTP.

Having said this, you need to be careful as there are many online casinos in circulation that offer the same game at a lower RTP.

Mysterious Egypt slot – a high variance (volatility)

Pragmatic Play gives a score of 5 out of 5 for volatility. In short, we are talking about a slot with a high variance.

We expect wins of 1.000x or higher to be possible.

Pros en Cons


  • A Book of Ra slot with two newish features
  • Always convenient, the Buy a Bonus Feature
  •  The RTP is fine


  • The theme is a bit run-of-the-mill
  • It’s the umpteenth Book of Ra slot

So, who’ll like the slot? And who won’t?

This slot works well for for Book of Ra slot enthusiasts. There is some variety thanks to its two additional features (two special symbols and a mystery symbol in the base game).  Having said this, in the end it’s again another Book of Ra slot and more of the same.

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