The Alter Ego Slot Review

Get ready to go head-to-head with your alter ego in Pragmatic Play’s latest release, The Alter Ego!

Walk the dark and dreary streets of an old-fashioned town, lit only by moonlight in The Alter Ego. Played across 5 reels and 576 ways to win, witness the power of Mystery symbols as they enhance or create wins on the reels.

As we make our way through the darkness, channel your inner alter ego in Free Spins, with the power to increase reel heights by one position each time a Scatter lands.

Will our alter egos have ulterior motives? Let’s play on and find out!

The Alter Ego Base Game

The Alter Ego Base Game and Features

The Alter Ego is a 5-reel Video Slot with 576 Ways to win in the base game. This climbs to a maximum of 100,000 ways to win in the Free Spins round. Wins are formed when 3 or more of the same symbols land from left to right, starting from the leftmost reel.

The Alter Ego can be played for as little as £.€0.20 per spin, up to a maximum of £.€240 per spin, with multiple options in between the two. This game has a theoretical RTP of 96.07% and a max win cap of 10,000x.

The highest-paying symbol here is the Male Character, followed by the Gun, Pocketwatch, and Hat. Low-paying symbols are standard Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten, and Nine. Wilds appear on reels 2, 3, and 4, substituting for all other symbols except Scatters and Mystery symbols.

Game Provider Pragmatic Play
Maximum Bet 240
Maximum Win 10,000x
Paylines 576 Ways
Release Date 08/02/2024
RTP 96.07%
Mechanics Video Slot
Volatility High
Reels 5
Minimum Bet 0.20

Mystery Symbols

During any random spin in both the Base Game and Free Spins round, Mystery symbols can land across the reels. Mystery symbols will reveal the same High or Low-paying symbol, potentially enhancing or creating a winning combination on the reels.

The Alter Ego Free Spins

Landing 3 or more Potion Scatters in the base game triggers the Free Spins round, awarding 3 Free Spins. 

During Free Spins, each time a spin results in a win, the number of Free Spins will reset back to 3. The round will end when there are no more Free Spins remaining. During this time, the Highest-paying symbol is replaced with the characters’ Alter Ego and the Scatter symbol changes to a Red Potion bottle.

In Free Spins, the number of symbols on each reel can increase in height. At the start of the round, each reel that previously had a Scatter will increase by +1 symbol in height Vertically.

Each Scatter symbol that lands during this time will increase the corresponding reel by +1 Vertically, remaining in this state for the duration of Free Spins. The maximum height the reels can reach is 100,000 ways. Mystery symbols are also present in Free Spins.

The Alter Ego Free Spins

Bonus Buy

Those within Bonus Buy territory can instantly trigger Free Spins by purchasing one of the following options.

  • 3 Scatter Trigger – 100x your bet.
  • 4 Scatter Trigger – 150x your bet.
  • 5 Scatter Trigger – 200x your bet.

The Alter Ego: Our Verdict

Pulling us back in time, Pragmatic Play has transported us to an old-fashioned street under a moonlit sky for what looks to be a battle with a mysteriously dark alter ego, but is it worth the fight?

Although the theme is inviting, Pragmatic Play has started things off by introducing Mystery symbols as the only source of entertainment in the base game. Not that we aren’t partial to the occasional Mystery symbols feature, only it pops up a lot in slots and has since lost its spark with many players. Given that it’s the only feature we’re to see here, we won’t be quick to judge Pragmatic Play’s decision to use them.

Things take an exciting twist in Free Spins, where expanding reels spring into action each time a Scatter lands. Once Scatters hit and the reels expand, you get a top-up in spins so you can take your newly expanded reels out for a spin…or 3. This gives you a further 3 more chances to land additional Scatters and continue expanding the reels and refilling spins.

Players with access to Bonus Buys can skip past the theatrics and head straight into the fun, where you will get to choose between 3 options. Although landing more Scatters does not award extra spins, Pragmatic Play gives players the option to choose between 3, 4, or 5 triggering Scatters. The triggering Scatters play an important part in expanding the reels they land on before the Free Spins round commences, so purchasing the additional Scatters gives you a head start if you like.

All in all, The Alter Ego is an interesting slot with an exciting mechanic, topped off with max wins of up to 10,000x.