Delve into Egyptian mythology and enter the sacred chamber on the slot from Play’n GO. Legacy of Dead will bring you face to face with powerful gods that will take you on a high volatility reel ride with wild substitutions, a gamble feature and a free spins round with the expanding symbol mechanic that can lead to wins of up to 5,000 times your bet.
Legacy of Dead is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 10 variable pay lines. Your encounter with the Egyptian deities on desktop, mobile or tablet starts at 0.10 credits and goes up to 100 credits per spin. The RTP of this highly volatile game (10/10) is set at 96.58%. However, operators might choose a reduced value of 94.51% or even lower at 91.51%. Always check the help files to see what version you will be playing.
Loading the game will see you entering a sacred chamber with a sarcophagus in the centre lit by an eternal light source in the background. Intricate columns and walls covered with ancient hieroglyphs align the design with the Egyptian theme. The soundtrack is an exact copy of the audio on Book of Dead.
The pay symbols are a mixture of icons taken from Book of Dead and Rise of Dead. The low-value card royals from 10 to A will yield 8x to 12x your stake for a single five of a kind. The premiums are Horus, Tutankhamun, Anubis and a mummy. Hit five on a line to win 60x to 500x your bet.
A golden altar acts as the wild and scatter symbol, substituting for all symbols. It will also pay 500x your bet when five land on an active line. Minimum three anywhere on the reels are needed to trigger the free spins.
Play’n GO connoisseurs and regular slot players will immediately spot some commonalities with other games from this developer. Well, to be honest, it is a brazen attempt at releasing a cheap copy of an existing slot with visuals, symbols and even soundtrack taken from other titles in their portfolio. Basically, Legacy of Dead is a mix of Book of Dead, Rise of Dead and Rise of Merlin.
Three to five altar scatters will trigger 8 Free Spins, which can be indefinitely retriggered. Before the feature starts, one regular pay symbol is chosen at random to become the special expanding symbol. When enough of the respective symbol land on a free spin, they expand to cover all reel positions and award the win for each pay line.
These expanding symbols do not need to appear adjacent to result in a win. For example, having K chosen and then landing one on reels two, four and five will see the symbol expand and pay 10 times a 3OAK Ks. For high-value symbols, it is sufficient to have only two symbols scattered on the reels to score a winner.
And here comes the twist that was originally released with Magic Mirror Deluxe by Merkur Gaming and in 2019 on Rise of Merlin by Play’n GO. Retriggering the free spins will award an additional 8 free spins and will choose a second expanding symbol. This can continue until all nine symbols have been selected. Any retrigger after all symbols are active will award the free spins only. Highly unlikely but having two retriggers is not unusual, which would result in having three expanding symbol. The overall win potential is capped at the Play’n GO usual of 5,000x your bet.
For the extra risk-takers among us, there is a Gamble function which you can hit after any win in the base game or free spins. It will give you the chance to double or quadruple your initial winnings by correctly guessing the colour or suit of the cards. You can gamble up to five times in a row or until the win reaches 2,500 coins, whichever comes first.
It slowly turns into a maze of similar names when you look at the games list from Play’n GO. I’ll note them down once so it becomes clearer – Book of Dead, Legacy of Egypt, Rise of Dead, Doom of Egypt, Rise of Merlin and now Legacy of Dead. And all have some components like graphics, symbols or pay mechanics from at least one of the other slots. If they set out to confuse players, well, they succeeded.
Overall, Legacy of Dead is not a bad slot as it replicates the features from Rise of Merlin which has been shown to deliver regular mega wins when multiple retriggers happen in the bonus feature. I just wish, the creative team at Play’n GO would stop copying from their own games.