Book of Dead
- Free Spins
- Expanding symbol during free spins
- Big win potential
- Exciting Gamble feature
- High variance
- Mobile friendly
- No jackpot
- Average RTP
We wonder if there’s a ‘the’ missing from its title but the slot is engaging enough that we don’t mind too much. Released in 2014, we follow Rich Wilde, explorer extraordinaire, as he delves deep into the secrets of ancient Egypt in pursuit of precious artefacts.
There are clear similarities to another online slots game, Book of Ra, which has been a record-breaker both online and in land-based casinos in terms of popularity with players. Does Book of Dead match up? Well, it could be argued that this Play N Go slot actually surpasses the standards set by the other slot.
That said, Egyptian inspired slots are hardly thin on the ground so it would make more sense to judge this Play N Go slot on its own merits. Let’s take a look at what it offers players.
- 5 reels, 3 rows, 10 betways
- Default bet levels 1-10
- Bet minimum of £0.01; maximum bet £50
- Maximum win 250,000 coins
- Special features include Wilds, Expanding Symbols, Free Spins, Gamble feature
- Return to Player of 96.21%
- Variance is high
It may have an exciting adventure theme but this slot sticks with a familiar and simple reel structure. There’s plenty else going on to keep players interested though, including the setting of the game which transports us back in time to an Egyptian tomb, hiding centuries of secrets behind its dusty stone walls and columns.
There are a number of different symbols in Book of Dead, including some we will look into more closely below. Rich Wilde himself proves to be very generous, rewarding players with x5,000 their initial stake when filling up a payline. Alongside Mr Wilde, three Egyptian gods are also represented on the reels as well as the familiar card suits.
This game is unusual in that one symbol – the eponymous Book – does double duty as both the Wild and Scatter. When it acts as a Wild, it can replace any other symbol and help to form winning combinations.
Land three or more Book symbols and they will act as a Scatter, triggering the Free Spins feature.
Book of Dead Free Spins
Three or more Scatters will award 10 free spins. During the free spins rounds, players can also accumulate more spins in the same way i.e. three Scatters equals an additional 10 spins.
During the Free Spins feature, a symbol will be chosen at random just before the reels begin spinning. The selected symbol then acts as an expanding symbol, which will occupy more spaces on the reels and help towards landing further winning combinations.
When you land a winning combination, Book of Dead will give you the option to gamble that win, with the opportunity to double or even quadruple the amount. Of course, there is the risk of losing it all, so choose wisely!
When a win is awarded, the player can click the Gamble button to launch the game. Correctly guess the suit or colour of the next card to be drawn to double your win and guess correctly a second time to quadruple it.
Book of Dead does not have a progressive jackpot.
At 96.21%, the RTP of Book of Dead is within the average range. However, this game has become so popular because of its appeal to casual and high roller players alike. Its bet levels range from just £0.01 all the way up to £50 and its high variance means that although wins are further apart, they are more generous than ones on lower variance games.
There are many similarities between Book of Dead and Book of Ra but an important difference is that the latter was developed long before the age of mobile. Book of Dead is fully mobile compatible and can be accessed through iPhone, iPad and Android devices as well as desktop computers.