For all fans of Indiana Jones and The Mummy movies (except for the last one, I mean Tom Cruise, really?), this game will certainly get you hooked! First of all, the GRAPHICS – simply amazing. Everything is so detailed and in high definition. We love the theme and the background, and the references too. Second of all the gameplay and features. The game’s really exciting because although it’s pretty risky due to its high volatility, the wins, on the other hand, are pretty big. In fact, the payout is a remarkable 94.17%.
But before we get into the nitty gritty details of all the features and symbolism of the game, let’s talk about the name for a second
Now the first thing you are probably noticing is that as your eyes scan the title, you’re kind of inclined to say “Book of Ra” in your head, and secondly, that somehow there is something wrong with the phrase because your mind refuses to accept there is no determiner between “of” and “dead”. We understand, and we’ve had to resist the compulsion of pulling out our hair too.
But moving past the these “minute” details, if you’re wondering whether the “Book of the Dead” is real and if it exists, then look no further because the answer is yes. (That’s right the real name has a determiner so you can rest easy).
The Origins Of “The Book of the Dead” in Ancient Egypt
The Book of the Dead is not actually a book, but rather a collection of ancient Egyptian funerary texts (papyri) that were used from the beginning of the New Kingdom to around 50 BCE. The texts consist of magic spells and illustrations written by priests that enable the souls of the dead on their journey to the afterlife. In fact, the actual translation of this collection from Egyptian to English is “Book of Coming Forth by Day”.
The “Book of Dead” Game Background
Given the name and the context, one can imagine what the setting of the game looks like. In fact, we’re going to be honest with you, this is not the first game that is set in Ancient Egypt. Having said that, however, what’s particularly appealing about this game is that it is so visually pleasing. The gold dominating the screen, followed by a variety of bright colors; blue, red, green, purple, orange, you name it, and the fine details certainly do not go unnoticed.
The rhythmic music in the background continues to immerse you in the game.
The Character – Rich Wilde
The character is a familiar face. We’ve seen him before in other games by the same platform provider namely Rich Wilde And The Aztec Idols and Pearls of India, although, we only get to see Rich up-close and in detail in the Book of Dead. Dressed in a white shirt and a tactical vest, just like Indiana Jones or Rick O’Connell from The Mummy, Riche Wilde has become a very prominent character in the world of slots.
As expected, the symbols in the game also don’t disappoint – they are bright, colorful and of course, Egyptian themed! Two of the symbols are also deities; the great god Anubis and the Horus falcon. The symbol that provides the highest winnings is the Philosopher, which is also the scatter symbol. The winnings for this symbol amount to 5,000 coins. Following, is the two Egyptian gods that provide rewards of 2,000 coins and 750 coins. The last of the Egyptian symbols is the scarab, and depending on the combinations generated, players can win up to 10 coins.
The required combinations to ensure winnings are as follows:
Philosopher/Anubis/Horus/Scarab + one or more of these symbols
Before rushing to play the game, you need to know a couple of things first. To make things easier, we’ve put the important points in a table:
|PAYLINES||Player can choose up to 10 lines|
|GAME FEATURES||Wild symbols, free spins, scatter symbols|
|MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM BET||$0.10 – $100.00
Something else you need to know are that the the “Bet Max” option allows you to set the maximum wager and the “Autoplay” will turn the reels 20 times without interruption.
When it comes to special features, the game’s best “selling point” is undoubtedly the ‘free spins’ feature. At the start of the game each player receives 10 free spins, and if you win 3 or more additional scatter symbols (in this case the philosopher symbol) in the free spins, you will receive another 10 free spins!
With regards to bonuses however, some players might find the lacking in this respect. In their Book of Dead slot review, Casinos.co put the matter to rest: “Book of Dead delivers on the winnings, but many might be disappointed when it comes to their bonus features. However, it could be that Play’n GO simply thought they should add a game that provide opportunities for those seeking out a chilled gaming opportunity. Don’t let the lack of features fool you. This slot is known for its payouts, and you’ll definitely be missing out if you don’t take a spin on it. Just be patient with it, and it’ll reward you for your efforts.”
With better character definition, an enchanting setting and the high winnings (regardless of the fact that it is not even a progressive jackpot slot), Play n’ Go have certainly outdone themselves and we are sure to expect even greater things from them in the near future.