Play John Hunter and the Tomb of the Scarab Queen

After uncovering the secrets of Da Vinci’s Treasure and the Aztec Treasure, Pragmatic Play decided, why stop there? To that end, we once again follow the adventurer John Hunter in his latest journey to the pyramids of ancient Egypt to uncover buried treasure.

There is no denying the incredible fascination many players have with slots based on Egyptian themes. Players cannot seem to get enough!

John Hunter and the Tomb of the Scarab Queen – how to play?

But before we dig deep too into the story for you, we will talk you through the gameplay, starting with the ‘BET’ value displayed at the bottom left of the reels. This number represents your bet per round, and you can increase it or decrease it with the ‘-‘ or ‘+’ button to the bottom right of the 5×3 (reels/rows) slot. The number of paylines is fixed at 25, and when you click on the ‘+’ or ‘-‘ buttons, a box pops up. Here you can vary the number of ‘COINS PER LINE’ from 1 to 10 and the ‘COIN VALUE’ from $0.01 to $0.50. Your ‘Total Bet’ is the product of 25 (fixed paylines) x ‘COIN VALUE’ x ‘COINS PER LINE.’ Your bet sizes can range from $0.25 to $125.

Once you’ve selected your bet amount, you can start spinning by clicking the large button to the bottom right of the screen. There is also an ‘AUTOPLAY’ button below the spins button allowing you to refine your ‘AUTOPLAY SETTINGS.’

You can find the value of all paying symbols in the paytable. With medium volatility game and the prospect of up to 10,500x bet, there’s no desert too hot or crypt too dark!

John Hunter and the Tomb of the Scarab Queen – how to play?

Symbols to watch out for

Even though Pragmatic Play released the slot in 2017, it remains just as exciting today as more recently released Ancient-Egyptian themed titles that you can find here at Mr Green online casino. The explanation for its success is partially due to the gorgeous and colourful artwork, and the features that include the free spins and the Money Collect.

Looking at the dashing image of John Hunter, you could be excused for a moment of confusing him with another famous explorer – Indiana Jones! He’s the highest paying symbol (up to 32x bet), followed by the image of Anubis, pistols and a leather satchel. These symbols are followed by the 4 lowest-paying A, K, Q and J letters. Furthermore, Egyptian music creates a truly immersive experience.

Together, 3 or more of the 8 symbols can create winning paylines if they’re identical and aligned from left to right. You may also be lucky enough to land the Scarab Queen wild symbol, pyramid scatter or money symbol.

John Hunter and the Scarab Queen slot features

The wild symbol

The beautiful Scarab Queen represents the wild symbol that can appear on the second to fifth reels. She has the power to substitute for any of the other symbols except the scatter. Her charcoal-black hair and gold headdress and earrings are enough to burn an image into your mind permanently.

Unfortunately, she does not create an exclusive payline combination, but she may appear as stacked to boost the chance of more wins.

John Hunter and the Scarab Queen slot wild symbol

Bonus Features

You’ll find that the slot has 2 features unlocked by the appearances of special symbols. While this may not sound like a lot, the developer has chosen to go with quality over quantity. We think you’ll agree that this is a good thing.

Money Collect

This feature is actually not the first time that we’ve seen it, and if you’ve played Mustang Gold or El Dorado, then you’ll know what we’re talking about. Because it is not so common, we think that it is an exciting highlight feature that works well in the slot because it may mean larger wins.

The feature involves a golden scarab with a jewel referred to as a ‘Money Symbol,’ that might find its way onto the first 4 reels. This symbol has a randomly assigned value on each spin, but it’s not until you land the symbol in combination with 1 of 5 ‘Collect Symbols’ on the fifth reel, that you genuinely unlock its full potential.

  • Collect: You win the value of all Money Symbols.
  • Extra Credit Collect: You win the value of all Money Symbols plus the value of the Extra Credit Collect symbol.
  • Multiplier Collect: You win the value of all Money Symbols multiplied by the value of the Multiplier Collect Symbol.
  • Expanding Collect: Reels containing at least 1 Money Symbol will become stacked with these symbols to increase your win.
  • Re-spin Collect: Here, all Money Symbols are frozen in place for a free re-spin that allows you to land additional Money Symbols.

Free spins

If you’re lucky enough to land 3 pyramids scatter symbols on any spin, then you will trigger 8 free spins. The scatters will only appear on the second, third and fourth reels and will also award you with 3x total bet.

The great thing about the free spins is that it enhances the significance of the Money Collect Feature. The reason is that the value of all the Money Symbols are added to the bonus pot recorded to the top right screen corner.

On the last free spin, you have a chance to win the value of the bonus pot, which can reach a tidy sum. The fun doesn’t stop there, however, since it is also possible to retrigger an additional 8 free spins. There is just no limit to the fun!

John Hunter and the Scarab Queen slot bonus symbol

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John Hunter and the Tomb of the Scarab Queen slot mechanics

We’ve summarised the important numbers and details into a handy table:

  • Max Win (coins): 1 312 500
  • Max Bet ($): 125
  • Min Bet ($): 0.25
  • Return to player: 95.50%
  • Volatility: Medium
  • Free Play available: yes


John Hunter and the Tomb of the Scarab Queen represents a great sequel in the trilogy. It continues the foundation of beautiful graphics and spectacular audio effects, blended with entertaining features and tops it off with a tremendous potential payout!

If you are a fan of the Indiana Jones movies, then you may find this loosely-based interpretation to be right up your alley. Unleash the explorer in you!