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John Hunter & the Tomb of the Scarab Queen

Pragmatic Play
RTP 96.5%
Play Pragmatic Play Slots
Reels 5
Paylines 25
Min bet size 0.25
Max bet size 125
RTP 96.5
Wild symbols Yes
Free spins Yes
Bonus Yes
Jackpot No

John Hunter & the Tomb of the Scarab Queen Slot Review

Released September 2019

The John Hunter and the Scarab Queen slot game can be found at casinos offering Pragmatic Play software. Pragmatic Play are one of the newer slots game developers on the market but their products are polished and professional in feel and operation. As a standard Pragmatic Play do publish the RTP/House Edge information for their slots games within their game help file. For a provider that are not currently licensed within the UK market and therefore are under no obligation to publish these figures this is a significantly progressive move. The House Edge for John Hunter and the Scarab Queen is 3.5%.

John Hunter and the Scarab Queen is a 5 reel game and each reel is 3 symbols high. The slot uses paylines, with 25 in total playing from left to right.

Special Symbols

Wild – The Wild symbol is the “Scarab Queen”, which will substitute for all symbols other than the Free Spins symbol. Wild symbols will only appear on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Free Spins – The “Pyramid” symbol is the game’s Free Spins symbol. 3 or more of them on a single spin will trigger the game’s Free Spins feature. The Free Spins symbols only appear on reels 2, 3 and 4.

Scarab Beetle – The “Scarab Beetle” symbols come with a money value. When you land one or more of them on the reels with a “Collect” symbol on reel 5 then you will trigger the Money Collect Feature. “Scarab Beetle” symbols only appear on reels 1, 2, 3 or 4 and “Collect” symbols only appear on reel 5.

Bonus Features

Money Collect Feature – If you land 1 or more “Scarab Beetle” symbols on reels 1, 2, 3 or 4 then with one of the “Collect” symbols then you will trigger the “Money Collect” feature. Which on you trigger will depend on what symbol you land on reel 5. There are 5 different options, each one described below:

Collect – The values on each “Scarab Beetle” are added together and the total is collected.

Extra Collect – This symbol will come with its own value which will then be added to all the values on the “Scarab Beetle” symbols, with the total collected.

Expanding Collect – This symbol will mean that all reels containing “Scarab Beetles” will fill with them. A new random value will be added to them and then they will be added together.

Respin Collect – When this symbol lands then all the “Scarab Beetle” symbols will lock in place whilst all other symbols respin. Any new “Scarab Beetle” symbols will have their value added to the locked ones and you will collect the total.

Free Spins – If you trigger the feature then you will be awarded 8 Free Spins. The “Money Collect” feature will be active during them. During the feature the value of all “Scarab Beetle” symbols is added to the Bonus pot. Add the end of the feature the value of the Bonus pot is returned to the reels in the form of giant “Scarab Beetle” symbols for an additional respin. If you land a collect symbol then it will apply as is explained above. The Free Spins can be re-triggered.


John Hunter and the Scarab Queen is the latest in this Pragmatic Play franchise, holding many similarities with the previous John Hunter titles. The slot looks decent and comes with some excellent features. You get Free Spins that can be re-triggered and you get a Money Collect feature that you trigger through the Free Spins. The house edge is offering excellent value for money, making this a slot we would recommend.

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