Could you believe that ‘an Egyptian-themed slot’ could go together with the word ‘exciting’ in a single sentence? Since there are so many Egyptian games, making yet another one that stands out from the crowd is very difficult. However, Elk Studios have done it because Hidden is based in Egypt and it’s amazing precisely because of it.
This mainly has to do with the backstory we are given when we begin playing the mobile slot. Two researchers from London, Professor Taylor and his nephew Benjamin, have found an ancient Egyptian map. Having the knowledge to uncover the biggest mystery of all time, they set out straight to Egypt and the pyramids. That’s where you come in as a player because it’s you who will lead them to the hidden treasure.
It’s not just the storyline that makes Hidden a good slot. You’ll immediately notice that it has an unusual layout. There are five reels with four lines each. Or, should we say, five stacks of sandstone blocks? The way the ‘reels’ look reminds very much of Gonzo’s Quest and it’s not the only similarity with the NetEnt’s masterpiece.
What’s unusual about this game is a modified ‘ways to win’ payout system. There are 178 paylines because all connecting symbols will form a payline as long as they’re on separate reels. Its only difference from slots that pay all ways is that no vertical gaps are allowed between the symbols.
Speaking of symbols, there are 11 in the base game, including Taylor, Benjamin, a camel and a sphynx. Wild symbol and scatter which awards the bonus round are among them too. Hidden slot allows bets from 20p to £100. You can expect frequent small wins but thanks to amazing bonuses, it’s definitely a medium, if not a high variance slot.
There are two bonus features in Hidden mobile slot. A random bonus that may occur during any spin is called Flashback Re-spins. You will be taken back in time to behold some ancient secrets for three spins. During those spins, up to three sticky wild stacks will be placed on the middle reels. The stacks will cover all the reels they are activated in, so some huge wins are possible.
The treasure room extra spins are even better, though. Collecting three scatters will give five spins. At the start of the bonus game, one random symbol will be selected. Every occurrence of that symbol will expand and cover 2×2 area, granting a sticky re-spin afterwards. Given enough symbols in correct places, this feature could essentially cover most places in the reels, resulting in massive wins.
Not all the bonus rounds will be lucrative, however, so be ready for a disappointment. We have experienced both of these bonuses granting wins from 5x our bet to over 100x our bet. A lot depends on the number of wilds and the positions of special symbols during the bonus. While some wins are barely noticeable, with enough luck, you could win up to 2,150x your bet.
User Interface on Hidden slot is very simple, intuitive and, most importantly, not obstructive. There’s an autoplay feature, settings allowing to adjust the audio and the quick play option. As in many other Elk Studios slots, you can select an automatic betting strategy, adjusting the bet size according to your current luck. If you want a more advanced betting system, you may choose from strategies like Optimizer, Leveller, Booster and Jumper.
Other than that, Hidden mobile slot is simply fascinating to play. We love the sound effects and soundtrack with Egyptian vibes. The symbols are also very detailed, just as the background and the little details like dust that’s all over the place. All this will make you remember Hidden gameplay and leave you wanting for more. We experienced no performance issues either, so feel free to check it out on your device.
Hidden is a slot that surprises every time. It could pay more and do it more frequently, but, in a way, that just adds more charm to it. Even if you manage to get to the treasure room, you’re never sure that you’ll find the treasure. It wouldn’t be hidden if you could just take it anytime, right? True, this slot might not be for those who have little patience. If you’re willing to sit through a couple of unsuccessful bonuses, however, you will uncover the mystery of all time.