No, you didn't read that title wrong. The ‘the' really is missing (and we get the overwhelming impression that it wasn't a typo). The third installment in the Rich Wilde series, Book of Dead is Play ‘N Go's answer to the already saturated Egyptian slot market. We at Droid Slots love originality and sometimes, even if a slot has a used theme, there are pockets of uniqueness to be found in them. So with the chance of winning up to £250,000 in prize money, does this latest entry in the Rich Wilde offer anything new to the table or does it blend with the crowd?
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|Release Date||January 2016|
|Slot type||Video slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||95%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 50 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||0.01p – £2|
|Free Spins||Up to 10 free spins|
|Features||Bonus round, Free Spins, Special Symbols,|
|Pros||Big payouts, looks good, sequel to other games.|
|Cons||Average features, confusing title, unexciting theme.|
Book of Dead utilizes a 5 reel/10 payline structured reel. From the offset, the player's guide will be Rich Wilde himself, a charismatic Indiana-Jones-type with a deep knowledge of antiquity. In this particular slot, players will encounter the Ancient Egyptian gods of Anubis and Osiris with the book of dead acting as both the scatter and wild symbol.
As a wild symbol, it will form it substitutes for for other symbols to form winning combinations. Other symbols involve the usual Egyptian paraphernalia: scarabs, pharaohs and the like, including Rich Wilde himself.
This makes gameplay a fair experience if not a little half-baked. We wish Play ‘N Go thought a little more outside the box like their previous titles in this series. At least you can win over 5,000 coins with five spins!
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Although Book of Dead doesn't lack any features, it certainly doesn't have them in abundance.
That said, they are serviceable enough not to become intrusive and they seem to be rewarding enough not for them to be pointless.
The two main features:
- Wilds/Scatter Symbol: The Golden Book of the Dead is both the wild and the scatter symbols of the game and replaces all other symbols, resulting in free spins.
- Free Spins & Expanding Scatters: 3 or more Book of Dead slot symbols anywhere on screen will trigger 10 free spins.
A random symbol will be chosen to act as an expanding scatter, meaning that if 2, 3 or more of these symbols show up on screen, they will expand to fill the whole reel, and pay out, regardless whether their position on the reel.
Though if you think these are lower paying symbols, as they show quite often, think again. The is because the top 4 highest paying symbols pay out on a 2 symbol win upwards, whilst the Ace to 10 only pay out when three are revealed.
Meaning that with high paying symbols you are just as likely to get multiple wins. With this kind of high variance slot machine, you always want to aim big for the best results.
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Well, this part is going to seem redundant but Book of Dead is good, performance-wide. It merely lives up to standards. Not outstanding, not breathtakingly awful… just good. It does the job. Really, how many more ways can I say this?
With each installment, the performance gets better and better, and with the next one, whichever it may be, it will doubtlessly live up to standards again. There's really nothing much more to say in that regard.
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The Mystical Typo
The fact this game has an Indiana Jones adventurer heading to ancient Egypt and chasing dusty old golden tombs a little, dare we say… cliché?
Rich Wilde's previous adventures had a more original theme than this with Aztecs and the like but even then they shared similar features to this installment, making them seem rather less unique and this one doubly so. Which leaves the most unique thing about Book of Dead, unfortunately, the missing ‘the' in the title. Oh dear.
Despite the typo failing to prevent us of thinking of this title as ‘Book of the Dead', it's hard to deny that there is a good game here. The mechanics are solid and the free spins feature can be fun to play around with and even offer up some delicious rewards. But it won't be for everyone (particularly grammar geeks who'll agonize over the title).
If you want something more original, however, with the same rush you obtain through the wild and scatter symbols, then it's advised that you play one of Rich Wilde's previous titles.