Book of the Dead

Book of the Dead – Adventure theme with enormous potential to win big

Book of the Dead

Some of you may already be familiar with the main protagonist and hero of this game. This is the latest adventure for Rich Wilde, the gaming world’s very own Indiana Jones. We were first introduced to Rich in Aztec Idols, unsurprisingly set in South America, before he moved on to Pearls of India in … er … India.

This time, he heads for Egypt in search of the legendary Book of the Dead, an ancient funerary text containing spells and other useful tips that would help a recently deceased King to pass from this mortal world into the afterlife.

The original Egyptian name for the text is “rw nw prt m hrw”, but since that is a bit of a mouthful, we’ll go with Book of the Dead.

Book of the Dead is a pretty simple and basic slot game, with five reels and three rows. There are ten paylines, but you can choose how many you want to play with. However, it will cost you to have more paylines because that increases the win combinations. It’s up to you and how lucky you feel.

The game was developed by Swedish company Play’n GO in 2014 and, although now five years old, is still immensely popular. Some would say the most popular slot game on the market, but that’s subjective. It’s safe to say that lots of folks like it!

Play’n GO was founded in 2005 and is recognised as being one of the innovators in the industry. They claim to be the company that introduced online gaming to the mobile platform. Who are we to argue? Let’s agree that they were there at the beginning.

Anyway, back to Book of the Dead. It’s an entertaining and colourful pokie with an interesting and pleasing theme and an appropriately chosen soundtrack. You are about as close to feeling like you are on a historical and deadly quest as you are ever going to be while clutching your smartphone, or sitting in front of your laptop.

There are wilds, scatter symbols, free spins, expanding symbols and a gamble feature – and, believe it or not, a maximum jackpot of $500,000.

Game Theme

The theme of the game is the latest adventure of our hero, Rich Wilde, as he heads to Egypt in search of a set of ancient texts called the Book of the Dead. An actual historical artefact, this treasure contained spells and other useful information, intended to ease the passage of a recently deceased royal personage to the afterlife.

Rich will not find it an easy quest, as he comes into conflict with formidable adversaries Anubis and Osiris. You’ll remember Anubis. He’s the god associated with mummification and the afterlife. He’s the guy you see in the hieroglyphics with the head of a dog. Osiris is the god of the afterlife, the underworld, and rebirth. You know, the half-mummy one with the golden face.

Game Features

Book of the Dead has a five-reel and three-row game area with a maximum of ten playlines. There are game features that include wilds and scatters, free spins, expanding symbols, and a gamble feature.

Wilds and Scatters

The actual Book of the Dead symbol acts as both a wild and scatter symbol. Therefore, as a wild, it can replace any other symbol on the reel. So, for example, let’s say you get four Rich Wilde symbols and the fifth is a Book of the Dead. You have actually got five Rich Wildes, which prompts an appropriate payout.

But remember, the Book of the Dead symbol is also a scatter, which means it doesn’t even have to be on the payline for the game to recognise it. If you have three scatters, anywhere on the reels, the game pays-out. And, three scatters or more activates the free spins feature.

Free Spins

Everyone loves free spins. Playing without having to pay, with the possibility of still winning. Three scatters earns you ten free spins. What’s not to like?

Expanding Symbols

The expanding symbols feature is activated during your period of free spins. When you start playing your free spins, the game randomly selects one of the game symbols. If one of those symbols lands on any of the reels, it expands around the entire reel. It also expands around at least one other reel. If it eventually covers all five of the reels, you can win up to 250,000 coins.

Gamble Feature

This one is not for the faint-hearted. It’s activated whenever you win and gives you the chance to double or quadruple what you have just won.

When you win you see a playing card appear on the screen, face down. To the left of the card is the choice of red or black, while to the left of the card are the four suits of clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades.

You choose. If you go left choose the correct colour, your win is doubled. However, if you are feeling particularly brave and you correctly choose one of the suits, your win is quadrupled.

Pay Table

The pay table is easy to find. Look for the “pay table” button on the right side of the dashboard at the bottom of the screen. Of course, the Book of the Dead symbols are the ones you are hoping to get, but amongst the others, Rich Wilde is the most valuable, with Osiris a little way behind. He’s followed by the other game characters, then descending through the various numbers and letter symbols.

Jackpot Size

The jackpot is a massive $500,000. That’s life-changing for anyone, I think you’ll agree.

Minimum and Maximum Bets

Although there is a maximum of only ten paylines, there are still opportunities to win big. The minimum bet is actually nothing. That’s right, you can play Book of the Dead for free, which is really useful when you are learning the platform. When you do finally decide to play to win, you can bet from as little as $0.01, up to $50 per spin.

Software

Book of the Dead is available to play on all popular platforms, including a desktop computer, laptop, tablet and smartphone. As long as there is a reliable internet connection, you are good to go. So, you can play at home, on public transport, in the pub, half-time at the rugby match, or at your desk in the office – just don’t let the boss see you when you should be working. You’ve been warned!

Verdict

A fabulous ongoing theme following the adventures of our favourite hero, Rich Wilde, as he travels to Egypt to find and unravel the mysteries of the infamous Book of the Dead. A fast-moving five-reel, three-row slot game, full of colour and atmosphere, which allows you to win with up to ten paylines, and the added thrill of gambling your winnings on the turn of a card, if you are sure the curse of the pharaohs is not upon you and you have the nerve.