The casino pokie title Desert Treasure from developer Playtech should not be confused with a slot game of the same name developed by SoftSwiss. The latter title has a rather sinister, deadly air to its artwork. It’s true that Playtech’s Desert Treasure also alludes to some of the perils that await treasure hunters in the desert; for instance, the Wild is a rearing gold statue of a cobra with ruby eyes, and all the poker symbols are embellished by creepy crawlies like snakes, spiders and scorpions.
However, the bright primary colours used in Playtech’s Desert Treasure, along with a cheerful cartoonish feel to the icons, lighten the mood considerably, despite the absence of the kind of animations featured in many other slots nowadays. The action is centred round a desert oasis, and the game uses five reels displaying three windows each.
Coin denominations can be adjusted from 0.01 to 5.00 in the appropriate currency, and players can bet any number between 1 and 10 coins per line. They can also engage from 1 to 20 pay lines, so total bets per spin can be as little as 0.01, and as much as 1,000.00.
Wild Worth up to 10,000 Coins
The golden cobra Wild in Desert Treasure can substitute for any other symbol except the Scatter and Bonus symbols, to complete a winning pay line. For combinations of matching consecutive Wilds on a pay line, starting on Reel 1, Desert Treasure starts paying out for two or more of a kind.
The Desert Treasure pay table lists the prizes for all combinations in coins, based on a 0.01 bet per line, so they must be multiplied by the actual bet per line to calculate the total prize for each winning pay line combo. For two, three, four or five matches, Wild combinations pay 10, 200, 2,000 and 10,000 coins, respectively.
Bonus and Scatter Icons Trigger Special Features
Desert Treasure is one of those real money slot games that offer both a bonus game and a free spins trigger. The Scatter icon is a seductive desert maiden, and two or more in any position trigger a prize based on multiples of the total bet per spin. Two, three, four or five Scatters activate multipliers of X2, X5, X50 and X500. Three or more Scatters also trigger a round of 10 free spins, during which all line prizes are increased by a multiplier of X3.
The Desert Treasure Bonus icon is a compass on a treasure map. To activate the Bonus Feature, the player must score at least three Bonus symbols consecutively on one pay line, starting on Reel 1. When the Bonus Feature is activated, the player is given a new screen, with treasure chests and luxurious containers scattered around the oasis waterfall.
Depending on whether three, four or five Bonus icons were involved in triggering the feature, the player gets to pick three, four or five items from the selection. Each item reveals a cash prize, and the total is multiplied by the line bet when the player completes their selection.
Only Three Medium-Value Icons
Apart from the aforementioned 10 to A poker icons, Desert Treasure features only three other ordinary characters. These are an Arab guide, who also guides players through the Bonus feature, a camel and an oasis. Their top prizes are 200, 400 and 500 coins, respectively.