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All the best riches are buried under something or, so we are led to believe. Elk Studios have taken that theory and created the hugely popular Hidden. A game that takes us deep into the desert looking for the riches of the Egyptian pharaohs.
Hidden is a 5-reel, 178 ways to win game offering an eye catching 96.3% RTP for you intrepid explorers. Don’t be fooled by the avalanche style dropping of the symbols, the winning symbols are not removed from the reels here. As for the reels themselves, they are full of cartoon style characters such as the professor, the assistant a camel and a sphinx. They all make up the higher value symbols. The lower ones are depicted by tomb style hieroglyphs of the 10, J, Q, K and A.
Bet Amounts – Betting begins at the base level and can be adjusted in the betting strategies as shown below. But for those of you that prefer it simple, here you go. Bets can be made from 20p up to £100 when using no strategy in Hidden. This is the easiest way to bet but its not the only way for those of you that want to up the ante a little.
Betting Strategies – There are four different betting strategies available in Hidden, as is the case with a lot of Elk Studios games. We have outlined them below alongside a little explanation of how each will work.
- Optimiser – allows you to automatically bet a percentage of your balance. Your bet will be either 1%, 2%, 5% or 10% of your total balance. But it will be adjusted automatically after each win or loss is made and your balance increases or decreases. This option will remain in play until you change it yourself.
- Leveller – choosing leveller will raise your bet automatically by two steps after you have incurred 5 consecutive losses. It will reset after you have a win.
- Jumper – with Jumper your bet will be raised by one step after each win and it will reset after each loss.
- Booster – this option will raise your bet by one step after each loss and will reset after a win.
Wild Symbol – Hidden’s wild symbol is the word wild encased in red and gold, and it will substitute for all other symbols except the scatter.
Flashback Respins Feature – This is a random feature happening within the base game only. At any time, you will be awarded 3 respins of the reels with one addition. Any of reels 2, 3 and/or 4 may be covered with expanded sticky wilds! This can be an extremely big payoff even with one full reel of wilds, but then consider it on three!
Treasure Room Bonus Spins Feature – After landing three of the magnifying glass scatter symbols on reels 2, 3 and 4 you will enter the bonus. There are only 5 spins allocated here but there are some extras you need to be aware of that are going to help you win.
The first extra is that for every additional magnifying glass scatter that lands, you will be awarded one extra spin. But the second is more interesting, because one symbol is chosen prior to the start of your spins. Upon commencing your spins anytime that symbol lands it will turn into a larger 2×2 symbol and award any wins. Then, three of the four icons making up the symbol will fall away leaving new symbols to drop into their place, thus creating more potential wins. Hopefully the new symbols will be more of the same that just dropped away and create an even bigger win for you!
Hidden offers some great gameplay for all experience levels and gives an entertainment factor too, with its video introduction and animations throughout. Big wins are easily achievable within the game but more often in the bonus feature as opposed to the base game. The fact you get bonus spins and respins in Hidden moved this game up much higher on our list and we will definitely be revisiting this slot in the future.