Review of Desert Treasure Slots
This slot should clearly be considered a senior citizen in the slots world, but after going back to play it for the first time in a long time to write this review, I was struck by just how much fun it can be….for a short period of time.
It was definitely entertaining to play this slot again, but after some time you probably will be wanting something a little more modern. This review will focus on the nostalgic value of the game, how it can be fun for an hour or two, and not what it has become today when compared to new, cutting edge slots titles.
Here are some of the more exciting screenshots I could get from the Desert Treasure Slots game. As you can see, the images and graphics are definitely dated, but they do transport the player into the desert…provided that you have a good imagination.
The storyline of Desert Treasure Slots is quite simple – navigate the desert to find lost treasure. As you spin the reels you will encounter dangerous obstacles such as the scorpion, cobra and spider. However you will also meet up with cute, harmless creatures like the beetle, the gecko, and the garden snake.
All of these little fellows will help you win cash as you roam the desert in search of the ultimate destination – the Desert Treasure Oasis. You will arrive to this magical place once you have triggered the bonus round, and you will then be able to pick items that hide random cash prizes. Once you have grabbed your treasure from under the curator’s nose, you are then sent back to the spinning reels to grab cash until you are once again returned to the dreamy paradise.
Obviously this storyline is not very complicated, but it’s always fun to go on a treasure hunt.
The various symbols in Desert Treasure Slots certainly add to its overall charm and the nostalgia factor. The images are all quite dated and there is nothing special about the reels or interface.
- 10 with a Spider
- J with a Garter Snake (Jack)
- Q with a Beetle (Queen)
- K with a Scorpion (King)
- A with a Gecko (Ace)
- Oasis in the Desert
- Compass and a Map
- King Cobra (Wild)
- Smirking Arabic Man with an Eye Patch
- Arabic Princess (Scatter)
The Cobra Wild symbol is the strongest of all, and 5 of them in a spin pay a whopping 10,000 coins. The Desert Oasis and the Princess Scatter are the next highest paying symbols with 5 of either paying 500 coins for 5 of Kind. The rugged Camel then lumbers in with 400 coins for five across the reels.
Even though Desert Treasure Slots is as old as the sand in its oasis, it does offer a progressive jackpot known as the “Dollar Ball Jackpot“, which is a network jackpot that is linked to numerous independent online casinos. You can participate in this feature by placing a side bet each time the reels are spun. Simply click on the “enable” button below the jackpot sign and choose 5 numbers between 1 to 49.
Every time that the Dollar Ball is drawn a number will appear above the numbers that you have previously selected. If you match a few of the numbers you will receive a small cash bonus, but if you nail all 5 numbers you will win the entire jackpot prize amount. Not bad for an ancient game.
The Map and Compass symbol triggers the bonus round if 3 or more of them land on any payline that’s being wagered on, with the line bet multiplying any bonus wins. The bonus area is a beautiful waterfall oasis where an Arabic gentleman in robes, (who is now wearing an eye patch on his other eye), begins by offering you 3 items as a “reward for your efforts”. Vases, boxes, chests, and baskets of vibrant colors are laid out before you, and all of them are hiding secret prize amounts. Thankfully the game will always reveal what was behind all of the selections once you’ve chosen your 3 objects so you know what you could have received.
Each time you enter the hidden oasis of the bonus area you will be given one extra selection. So the second time you enter you get 4 choices, the 3rd time you enter you get 5 choices, etc. The prizes can obviously add the longer you play, rewarding those who can stand the scorching heat of the desert.
Three or more of the Princess Scatter on the reels will give you 10 free spins and you can keep stockpiling free games during your freeroll. She will also multiply all of your wins by 3x, which isn’t that much, but certainly better than sand in your shorts.
Don’t be expecting any shiny bells or whistles in this Free Games Mode because there aren’t any unique backgrounds, symbols, or special effects.
As previously mentioned, the graphics in Desert Treasure Slots are nothing to write home about, but then again, when is the last time anyone actually “wrote” home? Let me rephrase that for my millennial readers – “the graphics in this game are nothing to Tweet about”. Especially since this game was released 7 years before Twitter existed.
The reels spin fine enough and the bonus round runs fluidly without freezing, but this game is going to have a hard time keeping anyone visually excited for an extended period of time in this day and age. There are simply too many other cool slots that you can play nowadays to justify giving Desert Treasure a sizeable chunk of your bankroll.
Although I complain about how the game looks dated, it should put a smile on the face of anyone who enjoys a title with a retro feel.
Audio & Soundtrack
Desert Treasure gives players a ton of audio settings, which you wouldn’t normally expect from a game of this age. You can choose whether or not you want to hear game sounds, background sounds, and/or dealer voices. It even has the classic option of “ambient music for table and card games”, with three great soundtracks available for your listening pleasure: “Voyage to Chill”, “Violet Sun”, and “Elegant Breeze”.
One strange thing of note here is that the sound of the reels spinning is absolutely fantastic for some reason. The audio is just really crisp and lifelike, and new slots games could learn a thing or two from it. It’s definitely one of the game’s strong points.
Desert Treasure is basically the “Seinfeld” of online slots: it looks really dated, you know exactly what’s coming, but somehow you still end up enjoy it. It’s the perfect thing to play for a while when you want to take a break from all of the complicated games out there and cleanse your electronic palate.
In fairness, it does have free spins, a small bonus round with increasing payouts, and it even has a progressive jackpot…maybe it’s not so bad, after all! I guess I have to admit that it’s aging well and still has a few more years left in it.
Saddle up that cranky camel – it’s time to go hunting for some treasure.
Bonus Video of the Desert
Whenever I hear the words “Arabic” or “Arab” I immediately think of David Bowie’s fantastic song, “The Secret Life of Arabia“. So as a tribute to both Arabia and one of the greatest singers whoever lived, here is a fantastic homemade video for the 1977 classic cut from the Heroes album, made with private footage. Enjoy!