Join Rich Wilde as he is embarking on his next reel adventure on the slot from Play’n GO. In Book of Dead, he will be travelling to Egypt in search of vast treasures that have been rumoured to be hidden deep in the catacombs of an ancient pyramid. After South America on Rich Wilde and the Aztec Treasure and South Asia on Rich Wild and the Pearls of India, it was time to explore the African continent in his third reel expedition. Taking inspiration from Book of Ra Deluxe by Novomatic, the slot comes with wild substitutions and a free spins round with a special expanding symbol that can lead to wins of up to 5,000 times your bet.
Book of Dead is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 10 variable pay lines. Wins are awarded for two to five matching symbols on a line from left to right only. You can join the intrepid explorer on desktop or mobile devices from 0.10 to 100 credits per spin. The game is highly volatile with an RTP of 96.21%.
The entrance to an ancient pyramid serves as the background the game window that in itself is ornamented in an Egyptian-style. Intricately hieroglyphed columns flank the reels which are dominated by Egyptian gods and Riche Wilde himself. Play’n GO took their inspiration as far as the soundtrack and included the Novo-style reel noises in the gameplay and mixed them with a suspenseful drum tune.
The pay symbols start at the low end with the usual card royals from 10 through to A, awarding 10x to 15x your stake for a single five of a kind. They are followed by the falcon sky god Horus, the protector of the underworld and god of the dead Anubis, the god of death and rebirth Osiris and Riche Wilde himself. Pays for five of a kind are vastly increased and range from 75x to 500x your stake.
The ominous book ornamented with a golden scarab has a dual function as the wild and scatter symbol. It substitutes for all pay symbols and will award 200x your bet when you land five anyhwere on the reels.
Hit three to five book scatters anywhere on the reels in one spin to 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.
This is, of course, the moment where the slot can produce the maximum win on a single spin. The selected special symbol has to be Rich Wilde himself 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 bet, resulting in a total of 5,000x your bet. As the maximum is capped at that value, the game will not finish the free spins round.
For the extra risk-takers among us, there is a gamble function which you can hit after any win in the base game. It will give you the chance to double or quadruple your initial winnings by correctly guessing the colour or suit of the cards.
Little did the team at Play’n GO know that they will be on to a real winner when they decided to create with Book of Dead their own version of the Book of Ra slot. It has featured in the top five of most played slots ever since its release in 2016. It is a highly volatile game that can deliver mega wins on a good day but be careful, it just as well can eat a balance with no mercy on a rainy day.