50 000 Pyramid from IGT
50 000 Pyramid is not a new slot. It was launched in 2006 by IGT with simple graphics and not a huge amount of features. It is however still a very popular game, especially among those who just want something simple and not too many over powering extras. The slot is based on a television game show that was aired in the United States in the 1970’s.
In the game show contestants would try and guess what their teammates were trying to describe in order to win the prizes, a bit like charades. The 50 000 Pyramid slot game is not entirely true to the game show, but does have a game show background and a pyramid. It plays out over five reels and only fifteen paylines, all of which are optional.
This is a high variance slot however, so it is quite likely to empty the pockets of lower wager layers very quickly. The wagering ranges from 0.15 coins up to 75 coins per spin. Of course the higher the wager and the larger the amount of lines you decide to play, the more likely you are to hit any features of the jackpot.
Game Show Theme
As mentioned, 50 000 Pyramid is based on a popular TV game show. It is not exactly like the game show however, although the reels are set in the original show’s TV studio apparently. The reels are all pretty, golden and full of icons of things that we as consumers would like to win in a TV show. The graphic are somewhat average, not fabulous but that is expected, as the game is a slightly older one.
All the symbols are designed to look like drawings as opposed to realistic images, and not very detailed drawing either. More like clipart. That being said they are still clean and crisp. The game opens with a short video that explains the premise behind it and takes you to the reels which are all twinkly and set on a golden stage. The sound track behind the game includes tracks from the actual 1970’s show.
Symbols and Bonus Features
50 000 Pyramid does not have a huge amount of bonus features, only really a wild and a mini game. The wild symbol is the games logo and can of course replace any other symbol in the game except for the Winners Circle Bonus. The rest of the symbols are all material things that you would like to win in a game show, such as an mp3 player, a big television, gold bars, a car, a gold watch and weirdly a large red seven.
A celebrity’s star symbol and a contestant’s symbol make up the highest paying game symbols. The final symbol is the winners circle bonus symbol which launches the bonus game. To launch this feature you need to land three to five bonus scatters anywhere on the reels. The idea behind the bonus game is based on the pyramid layout of the original game show. You have to choose blocks from the bottom of the pyramid, working your way up. You start the game with two free spins, but more are won by choosing the correct blocks. Some blocks contain multipliers, and some contain upward arrows that take you to the next level. Once your picks have run out, you will get to use all your free spins and your prizes will be awarded.