Book of Ra Magic is powered by Novomatic and has 5 reels and 10 paylines. Playable from 10p to £100 a spin, this sequel takes you to ancient Egypt once again – the difference in the Free Games feature is that up to 9 symbols can become special expanding symbols!

Visually, Book of Ra Magic is virtually identical to Book of Ra Deluxe – with an ancient Egyptian theme, you step into the shoes of the inquisitive archaeologist once again. Symbols on the reels include A, K, Q, J and 10 playing cards, scarab beetles, Horus and sarcophagus. The archaeologist is the highest value symbol giving you 500 times your stake for 5 across payline.

The Book of Ra is both the wild symbol and the scatter – it replaces all symbols on the reels. Anyway, 3, 4 or 5 of them on a payline will give you 2, 20 or 200 times your stake as well as triggering the Free Games feature You begin with 10 free spins with 1 symbol randomly chosen to become the special expanding symbol. When this symbol appears, it will expand to cover the whole reel – what you want is a higher value symbol which will give you big wins.

Now, the difference between Book of Ra Magic and Book of Ra Deluxe is in the retriggering – when you get 3 or more Book of Ra wild/scatters on the screen, you will win 10 more free spins with another special expanding symbol. In total, you can benefit from up to 9 special expanding symbols during the feature meaning the bigger wins won’t just come from 1 symbol.

Basically, Book of Ra Magic makes it easier to get winning combinations if you get retriggers during the Free Games feature. Let’s just hope you get the archaeologist as the special expanding symbol early on as he’s the most valuable – filling all 5 reels with this symbol will result in a 5,000 times stake payout!

Overall, Book of Ra Magic is a fresh twist on the iconic classic – it’s medium to high variance though so you still need to tread carefully as your bankroll could be swallowed up quite quickly. All that’s left is to step into the shoes of the archaeologist, break the curse of the pharaohs and venture into the dark passageways deep in the pyramid for riches! If you like the game engine, Novomatic has plenty of alternatives such as the pirate themed Red Lady.