A manuscript belong to an Egyptian Pharaoh is the key to unlocking archaeological treasures on offer in Ramses Book. It’s a 5 reel, 5 payline slot from Bally Wulff that comes with a bonus feature that offers up to 20 free spins, complete with a special expanding symbol. Go exploring from between 5p and £10 per spin.

The interior of a pyramid, complete with burning flames and hieroglyphic-clad walls, is the setting for Ramses Book. The 4 playing card suits are the lowest value symbols – they’re joined by a selection of objects more traditionally associated with the age of the Pharaohs.

Look out for a flower, the falcon headed Horus, the black Bastet cat, an obelisk filled with inscriptions and the Pharaoh himself. The Pharaoh is the most valuable symbol, awarding 1,000 times your stake if you manage to land 5 on a payline. Landing just 2 of the falcon, cat, obelisk or emperor will create a winning payline.

The Book is the game’s wild, substituting for all other symbols. It also doubles up as the scatter and is instrumental in triggering the game’s only bonus round, the Free Games feature. Land three books on reels 3, 4 and 5 and you’ll be awarded 10 free spins.

Before the free spins start, 1 symbol will be chosen at random to become the special expanding symbol. If 2 (or 3 of the chosen symbol is a gemstone or flower) or more of the chosen symbol land they will expand to fill the entire reel in which they appear with a new payout consideration following.

It’s possible to fill multiple reels with stacked symbols which can deliver some impressive results. You can re-trigger even more free spins if the scatters re-appear during the feature with up to 20 in total possible.

Ramses Book also comes with 2 gamble rounds. The first is a straight guess the colour of the card game which offers a double up prize. The second is a flashing light pyramid. Depending on where the light stops you’ll double up or lose. Ascend the pyramid for even bigger prizes. It’s a straight coin flip each time so approach with care.

We found Ramses Book to be a medium to high variance slot. The free spins feature isn’t the easiest to trigger but can deliver well. Overall, Ramses Book is pretty basic fare. The sound and visuals are similar to some of Novomatic’s Egyptian-themed offerings in fact.

There’s not much on offer as features go but the free spins offer plenty of potential thanks to the expanding symbols. Land a high value symbol there and this particular pyramid can offer rewards fit for a Pharaoh. It is quite similar to Novomatic’s Book of Ra Deluxe in terms of the feature which isn’t a bad thing.