Play N Go released the Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead online slot in 2016. From day one it has enjoyed tremendous success and has quickly become one of the most played online slots in the world. This 10 win line, high variance slot has an Indiana Jones / Egypt theme and is a near 100% clone of the famous Book of Ra slot machine from Novomatic.
While Book of Ra heavily inspired the Book of Dead slot, it somehow manages to improve a lot over the original slot. It is like one of those rare cases where a cover song is an improvement over the original.
Visually and sound wise, Book of Dead is a lot more polished. Second, the payout ratio is a lot higher. Better graphics and a higher RTP – Book of Dead is not only better looking than the original, but it also pays out much better. The result? A better paying and better-looking pokie machine.
This slot has huge potential in the unique free spins bonus round, where a special symbol expands and fills the whole reel.
What the RTP of Book of Dead?
The Book of Dead slot has an impressive RTP (Return To Player) of 96.76%. For reference: the original online version of Book of Ra had an RTP of just 94.2%. This difference of nearly 3% may not seem much, but is an enormous difference. Book of Dead is very high variance. You can win big amounts of money, but the base game pays poorly. If you are looking for a slot to entertain you with dazzling features and long playing time, this might not be your best choice.
Book of Dead slot features
Book of Dead has a simple set up with up to 10 pay lines based on a 5 x 3 playing grid. The minimum bet per spin is £0.01, and the maximum bet is £100. The Egyptian / Explorer theme is prevalent throughout the game with symbols resembling Anubis, Osiris and the hardened explorer Mr Rich Wilde himself. During gameplay, soothing Egyptian style music is heard and graphically, this slot is just as pleasing.
The top award is five of a kind of the Rich Wilde symbol. This awards the player 5,000 times the stake per win line. To activate the bonus, you need three or red book of Ra symbols. This symbol acts both as a wild symbol and a scatter symbol. When the bonus is activated, you win 10 free spins with a special symbol. Be advised that, due to the high variance of this slot, there may be long droughts between bonus rounds and big wins in the base game are scarce. If you want to win at Book of Dead, you need a significant bankroll to start off with.
The Book of Dead bonus feature
Once the free spins bonus is activated, you are taken to a secondary screen where a special symbol is selected at random. This special symbol plays a vital part during the free spins bonus. The special symbol acts as an expanding scatter – where ever it lands on the screen, the symbol gets expanded and payouts will be on all 10 win lines.
The more scattered special symbols you land, the higher the payouts. This is especially true if your special symbol is one of the high paying symbol. Get 4 of 5 scattered high-value symbols, and you will be rolling in the dough. The free spins bonus initially awards the player with 10 free spins but it is possible to retrigger these free spins. It is easier to retrigger the free spins during the free spins bonus than it is to trigger the initial bonus feature.
The Rich Wilde Book of Dead slot: our verdict
While straight-out copying a successful slot machine from another developer is something that we frown upon, it must be said that Play N Go has managed to improve an already classic slot. Book of Dead not only looks great and feels polished, it can be real money maker is as well. Be aware of the high variance nature of this slot though, it may not be to everyone's liking. A big plus is the RTP of Book of Dead: any slot that pays back nearly 97% to the player gets some extra points from us.
All in all, a great release by Play n Go. Two thumbs up.
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