Go on a quest to find the hidden City of Gold on the slot from Novomatic (Greentube). Book of Ra – Temple of Gold is the next addition to the 15-year old Book of Ra series that was the first in 2005 to introduce the expanding symbol mechanic in the free spins. The series has grown to meanwhile over 10 games with an immensely large fan community that has kept them on the front pages in online casino lobbies and in focus locations on casino floors.
Apart from the special expanding symbol, the games in the series had all one thing in common. A male explorer was the dominating figure guiding players through the darkest corners of ancient Egyptian pyramids in a quest to find the hidden riches. Well, the time has come to not only change the location but also to hand over the reigns to a dashing female archaeologist. She will be taking you deep into the South-American rainforest in search of El Dorado, the legendary City of Gold, and wins of up to 5,000 times your bet. Wild substitutions and a free spins round with up to three special expanding symbols will be your path to vast reel treasures.
Book of Ra – Temple of Gold is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 10 fixed pay lines. Wins are awarded for two to five matching symbols on a line from left to right only. You can join the female explorer on desktop or mobile from 0.10 to 50 credits per spin. The game has very high volatility with a default RTP of 95.28%. Some operators might offer a different RTP setting, always make sure to read the help files to find out which version you will be playing.
The entrance to a hidden temple is in the background of the still rather rudimentary game window. Vegetation has overgrown the scattered engraved rocks that lead to the temple. Triggering the free spins will lead you into a golden treasure chamber. The typical Novomatic soundtrack that probably every slot player knows has been kept for this latest Book of Ra creation.
Not much has changed on the paytable other than the high-value symbols being different golden items that could be found in the City of Gold. At the low end are the usual card royals from 10 to A, awarding 10x to 15x your stake for a single five of a kind. They are complemented with three golden icons – ancient sundial, statue and Muisca king. Hit five on a line to win 75x to 200x your bet. The female explorer is the top payer with 500x your stake.
The ominous Book is the scatter and wild symbol, substituting for all regular symbols. It will award scattered pays of 2x, 20x and 200x your bet for three, four and five scatters landing on a spin.
Landing minimum three book scatters anywhere on the reels in one spin will trigger 10 free spins, which can be re-triggered indefinitely. Before the bonus round starts, one of the nine regular pay symbols is selected as the special symbol. When sufficient land on a free spin, they will expand vertically to cover the entire reel and award wins for all pay lines, even when they are not adjacent.
It will need minimum three low-paying symbols or minimum two premium symbols anywhere on the screen to see them expand and award a win. The wins from the expanding symbol are paid on top of any potential line wins.
But there is one kicker that separates Temple of Gold from all other Book of Ra slots. The game will award one, two and three special expanding symbols when three, four or five scatters trigger the round, providing extra potential to hit mega wins.
This is, of course, the moment where the slot will deliver the goods. The selected special symbol has to be the female explorer and if five land in view across the reels, they will expand to pay 10 times the single line win for a five-of-a-kind, which is 500x the stake, resulting in a total of 5,000x your stake.
Well, there seems to be still life left in the Book of Ra series as Novomatic impressively shows that it can deliver more variants of the original slot that are actually not clones. Instead, they cranked up the volatility even further as the biggest wins wait in those rounds where multiple special symbols are in play. Temple of Gold is a must for all Book of Ra existing and soon-to-be fans as well as all high-volatility nerds.