Pharaoh's Gems, an online scratch card game from the developers at Microgaming, is a fantastic way to introduce first-time players to the ins and outs of the video scratch card experience.

Pharaoh's Gems has three ways to win on each card, which is generous for this genre:

  1. Open the treasure chest and reveal a jewel to win up to 500x your bet
  2. Match the win symbol to the contents of the jar to win up to 2000x your bet
  3. Open the bust and reveal treasure to win up to 5000x your bet

These instructions are right on the scratch card, so there's no confusion or risk of doing it wrong. That's what makes it so great for first-timers. And you can "scratch" each space using your mouse or fingertip (depending on which device you're playing on), or reveal all for quicker play. The player's dashboard is simple to understand, and there not a million buttons like on some interfaces.

As you can tell from the title and description, Pharaoh's Gems takes place in the tomb of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh, inspired by the tradition at the time of being buried with one's most prized possessions. The design and animation are highly detailed, and it's accompanied by pretty cool Egyptian music as well.

You'll see rich jewels and treasured objects escape lidded vases, a sarcophagus chest that opens to emit a strange blue mist, and Nefertiti's bust statue on the right-hand side. It's quite striking, actually, and it shows that the designers cracked open a book or two about actual Egyptian imagery before settling in to design the game.

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