Ancient Egypt is one of the most popular themes for online slots, and Play'n Go has brought this theme to us yet again with their Book of Dead slot. In this instalment intrepid explorer Rich Wilde digs the pyramids of Egypt in an attempt to win you some of King Tut's riches.
Book of Dead is a 5 reel, 10 payline video slot that has a variety of slot symbols such as 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace, an explorer, an Egyptian sarcophagus, a dog god, hawks, papyrus scrolls, and more. The game is set against the backdrop of a pyramid entrance, giving us a look like we're about to set foot into something exciting and potentially dangerous at the same time. Those of you familiar with Novomatic's phenomenally successful slot machine Book of Ra will instantly recognise that this is more or less a clone of that game.
Feature wise, Book of Dead contains wild symbols, free spins, expanding symbols, and scatters. The game also has a gamble feature, which allows you to put your winnings at risk for a chance to double or even quadruple your haul. The major feature is the free spins round where a single symbol is chosen to expand whenever it lands on the reels. When this happens the symbol expands vertically to fill all three visible positions on the reel, and wins are paid out on the paylines across the reels irrespective of whether the symbols are consecutive or not. For example you still win if your expanding symbol shows up on reels 1, 2, 4, and 5, but not on the middle reel 3. The feature is hugely popular in the Book of Ra games, as it can lead to some enormous wins.
Having spent some time playing Book of Dead, I am of the opinion that this is a pretty good clone of Book of Ra. The presentation is newer and dare I say better than Novomatic's game which is beginning to look a little long in the tooth. There will be a captive market for this game, with those most likely to love this game being those who are fans of Novomatic's classic and of course those of you that enjoy other Play'n Go slots. This game is also an ideal choice for those of you that like Novomatic's game, but are restricted from playing it due to your geographical location.