Scarab Link Jackpot Slot Review

IGT is back with another sequel to the highly popular online slot game, Scarab. Fans of the slot series will be happy to know that Scarab Link features all the charm of the original, plus an exciting progressive jackpot!

Released in 2021, Scarab Link has already received a spectacular response from players, with its captivating graphics, enticing features, and impressive jackpots. Those fascinated by the mystery of Ancient Egypt can look forward to magical beetles scurrying across the reels, pyramids, golden jewels, the goddess Cleopatra, and a link feature that offers the possibility of some impressive wins.

Theme and design

A scarab is a beetle, and was a symbol of great importance within Ancient Egyptian culture, representing the cycle of life and a symbol of renewal. The rolling of the dung was seen as a similar process to the rolling of the sun across the sky each day, and wearing a scarab amulet was said to offer protection and the promise of rebirth in another life. Thus the scarab plays an important role within this game, but more of that later!

A gold and purple sunset sky against a backdrop of pyramids sets the scene for Scarab Link. Rich colour and majestic Egyptian-inspired imagery fill the reels, along with an upbeat soundtrack to immerse players in the thematics of the game. IGT is known to produce titles with high-quality graphics, and this can be seen within the reels of this online slot, with striking imagery and impressive attention to detail.

Symbols include the low-paying card symbols 10, Q, J, K, and A, alongside the mid-range golden jewels representing the gods Anubis the dog, Bastet the lion, Egyptian deity Bennu and a golden pharaoh; high-paying Eye of Ra and the cross-shaped ankh; and finally, the highest-paying symbol, Cleopatra, which pays up to 100x the wager when you land 5 symbols on a single spin.


The action takes place on a simple layout consisting of 5 reels, 4 rows, and 50 paylines, starting from left to right. It offers spins in cycles of 10, which are clearly featured below the reels. We’ll discuss these cycles in greater detail in the features section below. A generous RTP (return to player) of 96.25%, alongside the low-to-medium volatility, means that things are kept interesting with small but frequent payouts.

To get started playing this online slot, set your bet amount, choosing from 0.50 to 25 coins per spin, using the arrows labeled under “Total Bet” in the banner below the reels. The slot has a turbo option, also found in the bottom banner, that players can adjust to playing at their desired pace.

Symbols on the paylines payout as follows:

  • 10, J, Q – 1x to 20x the stake if you land 3 to 5
  • K, A – 2x to 25x if you land 3 to 5
  • Lion, dog, bird, pharaoh – 3x to 40x if you land 3 to 5
  • Eye, ankh – 5x to 50x if you land 3 to 5
  • Cleopatra – 1x to 100x if you land 2 to 5.

Fun features

Scarab links

As mentioned, the base game is played in cycles of 10 spins, and every scarab symbol that lands on the reels during those spins is highlighted in a golden frame. On the 10th spin, all of the highlighted positions turn into wild symbols, creating an opportunity for a potential win. These frames are then removed and the cycle is repeated.

An important note to players: Changing your bet level mid-stream will eliminate your accumulated frames!


When a player lands 3 scarab symbols on reels 2, 3, and 4, the Hold & Respins bonus round is activated. A scarab flies across the reels and transforms the screen to golden reels; players start off with 3 initial spins. Blue cash and jackpot symbols spin on the reels, and become sticky, remaining in their place during each spin. The tally is reset to 3 spins each time you land a sticky symbol, and you can win multiple jackpots that payout as follows:

  • Mini Jackpot equals a 10x payout.
  • Minor Jackpot equals a 20x payout.
  • Major Jackpot equals a 40x payout.

The round ends when you have no more respins, and your wins are added to your Total Win amount as you return to the base game.

Progressive jackpot

The progressive Grand Jackpot starts at £5,000, and can be won in two ways: first, by filling all the reel positions with cash and/or jackpot symbols during the Hold & Respins bonus round; and second, during the base game.

The chance of winning the Grand Jackpot during the base game, however, is proportional to the total wager, and so can only be triggered when playing at max bet.

Our verdict

Fans of the original casino slot are sure to enjoy Scarab Link. The theme and graphics are of the usual quality one can expect from IGT, and the features make for eventful gameplay. This game can be enjoyed at a reputable casino site on both desktop and mobile.

If you find Egyptian-inspired casino games intriguing, Cleopatra and Magic of the Nile are other great slot titles worth checking out – and you can even find Slingo titles with this theme, such as Tutan’s Treasure.

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/ 02 December 2021