The Wombat says: Every once in a while, a slot comes along that’s so famous that its reputation precedes it (think Starburst, Big Bass Bonanza and Gonzo’s Quest).
And the Book of Dead slot is one of those games Wombat Fans!
Book of Dead is a five-reel, three-row online slot game from Play’n GO based on an ancient Egyptian theme. It’s Rich Wilde’s second adventure, but this is probably Play’n GO’s most popular slot. There are 10 pay lines in this highly volatile slot game.
The top jackpot is 5000x your stake and features include Expanding Symbols, Free Spins, a Gamble Game, plus Scatters and Wilds. The game launched in January 2016.
From Play’n GO, who also makes the Troll Hunters slot (a personal favourite by the way) it’s also one of the most popular games online, so, imagine how excited this Wombat was to be personally invited to play! It happens to be one of the most popular games in many countries. In New Zealand, it takes the top spot, for example!
So why is this game such a corker? Well, let’s head into the mythical underworld of Ancient Egypt with intrepid adventurer Riche Wilde to find out…
Look and Feel
The background of the Book of Dead slot overlooks an Egyptian temple, with hieroglyphics and age-old carvings on the pillars. The icons are done up to be gilded and gleaming, while the tunes that accompany your spins are full of lyres, harps and flutes – you know, the usual stuff you hear when you’re ransacking undiscovered riches in an ancient tomb…
As far as the theme goes, Play’n GO has come up trumps; this slot is well-designed and outshines many of the other Egyptian slots we’ve seen. We’d go as far as to say that it hits the heights of the Finn and the Candy Spin slot and other classics from NetEnt. It’s a looker alright!
Book of Dead Slot Game Play
Book of Dead has five reels, three rows and ten pay-lines. That’s short of the average we’d say which is around twenty-five on games like the Treasures of Lion City slot from Pulse 8 Studio and many others.
You can play from 0.10 coins up to a maximum 50.00 per spin (all 10 lines covered) in your local currency.
There are eleven different symbols on the reels. The highest value symbol is Rich Wilde himself (what a handsome fella he is!), and if you land five of these bad boys on a pay line you could scoop a 500x your stake win – if you’re playing at max bet, that’s a big win.
The game’s lower-paying symbols are the card-themed symbols, that slots players will be familiar with. However, Book of the Dead provides the conventional symbols with a new coat of paint in this slot instalment.
Varying in vibrant colours, the 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace all come with glossy golden borders and accents, each of them having some form of trinket embedded in them. These form winning combinations when successfully landing three, four or five adjacent symbols, with payouts raging between 0.5x and 15x your stake.
Next comes the higher paying Osiris, God of the Sky Horus and God of the Afterlife Anubis symbols. Unlike the other card symbols present on the reels, these symbols pay out winning combinations with just two or more adjacent symbols. These can pay out anywhere between 0.5x your original stake and 200x when successfully landing 5 of the golden Osiris symbols, which is the highest paying out of the three Egyptian gods.
The golden Book of Dead icon acts as both the Wild and Scatter symbol in the slot – and when it appears as a Wild, it can substitute for any other reel symbols to help you form winning combinations.
In addition to this, successfully landing combinations of three, four or five of these golden book Wild symbols will award you 2x, 20x, or 200x your original stake, respective of the number of symbols landed.
Book of the Dead is compatible with most devices and available to play on phones, tablets and computers.
Free Spins and Bonuses
Land three or more of the golden Book of Dead symbols and you’ll set off the Free Spins feature.
Next, you’ll get up ten, twenty or thirty free spins and before you start, one of the reel symbols is chosen at random and will become a special expanding icon. When successfully landing one of these symbols as part of a winning combination, this symbol will expand to cover the whole reel.
As a result of this, there are more opportunities to land additional winning combinations. Even better, triggering the expanding symbols doesn’t require any of these symbols to be on adjacent reels, you only need to land a specific number (in most cases three or more) to trigger a win.
You could make an 8x win or more on your original stake when matching symbols on the reels. During the Bonus Free Spins round, landing an additional 3 scatter symbols anywhere on the reels can re-trigger the bonus round and allow you to win more Free Spins.
There are wins of up to 5,000 times your stake on offer here. Yes – 5000x your bet. Which makes this game very special indeed.
Finally, get your paws on another three gold Scatters and you’ll dig up a further ten Free Spins.
Fancy a bet-within-a bet? Then wager your latest win by clicking on the ‘Gamble’ button below the reels. Double or quadruple your last payout by guessing the colour or suit of the next card drawn. But play carefully, as you could lose the lot! This feature is not be available in all jurisdictions, including UK.
Who is Rich Wilde?
Rich Wilde first made an appearance in Slotworld in the adventure game: Rich Wilde and the Aztec Idols. Since then, he’s been to India, Egypt (in Book of Dead) and Greece (Shield of Athena).
He’s a busy man! He has still made time to have a daughter though: Cat Wilde. She’s another explorer, like her Dad, and has her very own slots, Cat Wilde and the Lost Chapter and Cat Wilde and the Pyramid of Dead.
So, does it live up to the hype? The answer is definitely “Yes”! Which is why this is still one of the most popular games at Wombat Casino.
Riche Wilde and the Book of the Dead slot is a simple yet volatile game that really delivers entertainment. With a wide array of colourful and golden-infused pay symbols, a polished set of reels, and an intriguing setting, Book of Dead proves why it is a fan favourite and one of Play’n GO’s finest slot instalments to date.
You’ll need a bit of patience to get into the bonus but it’s worth the wait…
Wombat score: 5/5
What is the Top Win in Book of Dead?
You can win up to 5,000x your initial bet in this game.
Is Book of Dead Play'n Go's Most Popular slot?
We reckon it probably is, yes.
Does Book of Dead Have Free Spins?
Yes. The Bonus Spins feature comes with ten Free Spins and an expanding symbol which will cover the reel entirely, giving you a screen full of the same symbol. You can also re-trigger the Free Spins in the bonus.
What other Rich Wilde games do you stock at Wombat Casino?
If you like Book of Dead, you should also have a crack at the Amulet of Dead, the Shield of Athena, the Tome of Madness and the Wandering City. Four more great slots with Rich starring the main role.