Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead Online Slot Review by SlotMad
Book of Dead is one of the most popular slots from PlaynGo. It was released in January, 2016, and has since just kept growing in popularity. A lot of Casinos now feature this slot as their number one slots, over Starburst. Starburst had the throne for many years, but it was inevitable that something else would come along. Book of Dead is very similar to the massive offline slot, now also available online, Book of Ra from Novomatic.
The Slot features Rich Wilde, an Indiana Jones style adventurer. We join the story as he finds himself in Egypt, looking for lost treasures
There are nowadays even more copies with the expanding special symbol feature, for example Pragmatic Play’s Ancient Egypt and Ancient Egypt Classic. There are even Megaways slots with the concept, check out our review on Legacy of Ra MegaWays.
Very, Very Volatile is the best way to explain this slot. When you read about the Paytable and the Free Spins feature below, you will understand why so many players have a Love/Hate-relationship with this slot.
Paying Symbols in Book of Dead
There are ten different symbols in the Three times five reel slot. First off, there is the Golden Book. This is the most beautiful symbol in the whole games because it acts as both a Wild and a Scatter. Three of these lucky charms and you’re off to the Free Spins.
The High Paying symbols are our protagonist Rich Wilde, who pays over 5000 coins if you get five of him on a bet line. That is a massive 500 times your bet! The Pharaoh is the second highest paying symbol. He pays 200 times your bet. As you can understand, getting five in a row is pretty rare. However, it can happen and will give your balance a nice boost if it does. Anubis and The Scarab are the last of the high paying symbols. They pay 75 times your bet if you get five. The Low Paying symbols are our beloved Royals, A, K, Q, J, 10.
The Base Game in Book of Dead can be quite exciting. It has 10 bet lines, and the maximum bet you can place in this slot is often €100. The Feature is where the money is, so every time you get two wilds your heart starts pumping. This part of the game can take the will out of the best of us. but when you get those three books, then you know it was all worth it. Unless of course you win almost nothing during those free spins and you get sent back with 10 times your bet.
Book of Dead Feature
The Free Spins Feature is where you can really turn your luck into cold hard cash. The feature activates when you hit three Books anywhere in view. The next step is to recieve your Special Expanding Symbol. This symbol will each round expand to the full reel and pay on Scattered lines. This means that if you get 10 as the expanding symbol, every time you get three or more tens, they will all expand and pay on every line (Ten lines in total).
As the feature starts, you are granted ten free spins with the Expanding Special Symbol. Free Spins can retrigger, by hitting three Books again. Retriggering the feature grants you an extra 10 free spins. Every spin is equally exciting, as it is all about hitting the special symbols on the reels. One, Two, Three, Four, Five!!! If you manage to get Five of any symbol you are going to be happy. If it is Rich Wilde, you are going to be ecstatic as you rake in 5000 times your bet!
Book of Dead is an extremely well produced Slot from PlaynGo. They have taken inspiration from Novomatic and Book of Ra. But as Picasso said, “Good artists copy, Great artists steal”, and whilst Book of Ra will always be in our hearts when entering a brick and mortar Casino, Book of Dead is the King of Online Slots with Expanding Special Symbols. We give this slot 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Here are two videos highlighting the volatility of this slot. First off, we have a great 187 times our bet win on Twitch. The massive hit comes on the very last spin, where we get four of a kind of Anubis. Had we gotten five, it would have been 750 times our bet, just on that one spin. Check out the video here:
And sometimes, the slot doesn’t pay at all. Here is a video where we barely hit 10 times the bet.