Ruby of the Nile from Microgaming is a 20 line pokie with a free spins feature with doubled wins, symbols that pay as left to right aligned scatters, wilds that can multiply your wins and a top jackpot of 60,000 credits.
Players can adjust all three betting options in the Ruby of the Nile pokies game. The coin size range is reasonably large. The permitted coin sizes are 0.01, 0.02, 0.05, 0.10, 0.20, 0.25 and 0.50. Unfortunately, this advantage is somewhat negated by the maximum number of coins, per line, which is five. There are 20 paylines, which is neither very high nor very low. Together these betting options combine to give a maximum total bet of 100 coins or 50.00 credits. The Microgaming Expert mode is available for convenience in setting the betting parameters.
Theme and Payout
Though Ruby of the Nile has a common theme it has a very unusual structure. Only the six high value card symbols offer line payouts and if this low number is a turn off then the payouts offered are a bigger turn off. The largest payout for getting five Ace symbols in an active payline is only 75 coins, which really does not amount to anything. But this is compensated in various ways.
There are two wild symbols in the game. The Double Wild doubles payouts and the Triple Wild triples payouts. The low number of line payouts are made up for by a higher than a usual number of scatter payouts. Four symbols offer scatter payouts. These are Ruby of the Nile Logo, Queen, Bennu and Anubis. Unlike the line payouts, the scatter payouts are not low. The largest is 100 times the total bet for getting five Ruby of the Nile Logo symbols anywhere on the reels. Another attraction is that the two wild symbols substitute for the scatter symbols and multiply scatter payouts as well.
If the Treasure Chest symbol appears in the middle row on reel five then the free spins bonus round is triggered. The players are awarded up to 20 free spins, the number being chosen randomly. During the free spins, all payouts are doubled. The free spins can be retriggered. Ruby on the Nile does not offer a bonus game on the second screen or a gamble game. Also, there is no progressive jackpot.
Ruby of the Nile online pokie has two Wild symbols – the Ankh Double Wild symbol which doubles the win, and the Triple Wild Eye of Horus which triples the win. Wild symbols substitute for all symbols including the Scatters.
The Treasure Chest symbol only appears on reel 5 and if it lands in the middle of that reel the free spins feature is won. During the 20 retriggering free spins get a 2x multiplier to double the wins.
There are four scatter symbols – the Ruby of the Nile, Queen Cleopatra, Horus and Anubis. Each Scatter symbol offers different payouts with the largest being 100x the bet wagered when five Ruby of the Nile symbols appear anywhere.
Ruby of the Nile is a very interesting video pokie by Microgaming which has one of the most unusual pay tables ever created. The payouts are quite modest, but this applies only to the regular symbols in the game. As for the scatter-like icons, they offer lucrative payouts and do not need to appear on any particular payline. The treasure chest symbol is also very important as it triggers the free spins feature where winnings are doubled. Players should know, however, that these symbols are quite rare, while activating the bonus round may be even trickier.
The two wild multipliers, on the other hand, land frequently on the reels, completing winning combinations and doubling or tripling the winnings. Overall, payouts occur regularly, even if they are a bit lower than in most video pokie. As a result, the theoretical Return to Player is 96.49%, which is higher than the average payback offered by online pokies and games in land-based casinos alike.