Rich Wilde is tasked with uncovering the treasure hidden in an ancient Egyptian temple in this fantasic Book of Dead slot game from Play’N Go. The slot positions are occupied by a range of symbols in keeping with this theme, so expect ancient artefacts to make their way onto the screen, along with Rich himself, and a smattering of treasures and high card symbols. All of the symbols are styled to look like they’re Egyptian treasure, and even the high cards are rimmed with gold, for added realism and consistency.
The Book of Dead symbol is the game’s wild, which works in the usual way by substituting in place of anything you’re missing. If it appears in the middle of a run of adjacent matching symbols, the Book of Dead symbol will convert into the same type of symbol to complete a paying combination. This applies across any run of symbols through a wild on any of the 10 fixed paylines active in this game.
Three or more of these symbols also triggers the bonus feature, and as such, the Book of Dead symbol is effectively both the wild and the scatter in this game. You don’t need to land this symbol on any of the paylines to trigger the bonus feature – just three or more anywhere on the reels will kickstart the bonus.
The game stacks up across five reels, and there are three rows of symbols on the main reels screen. The overall game RTP stands at 94.17%, with bets ranging from £0.01-£100.00 per spin to suit any budget. The main win available is an impressive 5,000x.
There is also the ability to gamble your winnings further, for a 2x or 4x return when you guess the correct outcome of the next card. Not for the faint-hearted, this increases the volatility of the game, leading to potentially higher returns, but at the expense of a lower RTP when the gamble feature is active.
Book of Dead also benefits from an Autoplay feature, which means you can specify a number of automatic spins. Choose the number of spins, or choose from a range of ‘spin until’ conditions, for maximum control over your game – perfect for those who want to spin quickly, or automate the process of spinning the reels on each turn.
Book of Dead is slightly unusual, in that it doesn’t have a dedicated bonus symbol. Instead, three or more Book of Dead wild symbols anywhere in view triggers an automatic 10 free spins. These are also retriggerable during the bonus feature, so you can rack up additional lots of 10 free spins every time you turn up the qualifying number of Book of Dead symbols from a free spin, with additional free spins added to the total.
There’s also an additional benefit to triggering the bonus feature. When the free spins are active, an additional symbol is nominated at random to fulfil the role of an expanding bonus symbol. When this symbol features on any payline and a winning combination is possible, it will expand to fill the entire height of the reel.
For those who are feeling extra lucky, there’s an additional gamble option, where players have the chance to double or quadruple the winnings from their last spin. Choosing this option, located next to the spin button, triggers a card guessing game – pick the right suit or colour to double or quadruple your winnings, but bear in mind this distorts the RTP, even if it does lead to potentially higher wins.