Book of Dead: Demo
Book of Dead slot theme/symbols
The Book of Dead slot takes you to the mythical underworld of Ancient Egypt where you step into the light after encountering Anubis and Osiris. The reels are set within an ancient burial chamber - it all looks rather good which adds to the experience.
There are 11 different symbols which appear on the reels - there's 9 normal symbols, and 1 free spins scatter symbol (the Book of Dead) which also acts as the wild. The reels are
- A, K, Q, J and 10 royal symbols - 3, 4 or 5 of the A symbol will give you 0.5, 4 or 15 x stake
- Horus symbol - 2, 3 , 4 or 5 Horus symbols will reward you with 0.5, 3, 10 or 75 x stake
- Anubis symbol - 2, 3, 4 or 5 Anubis symbols pay 0.5, 3, 10 or 75 x stake
- Osiris symbol - 2, 3, 4 or 5 Osiris symbols pay 0.5, 4, 40 or 200 x stake
- Rich Wilde symbol - 2, 3, 4 or 5 Rich Wilde symbols pay 1, 10, 100 or 500 x stake
- Book of Dead wild/scatter symbol - 2, 3, 4 or 5 Book of Dead symbols pay 1, 10, 100 or 500 x stake
As you can see, the most rewarding symbols is Rich Wilde (the intrepid explorer) - 5 on a payline will give you 500 times your stake but just 2 will give you your stake back. If you manage to fill the reels entirely of either of Rich Wilde symbols in a spin, you'll hit the jackpot of 5,000 times your stake.
Just as important is the Book symbol (or the dead book as it's know) as this is both the wild and scatter symbol. When it appears as a wild, it can substitute for any other reel symbol to help you form winning combinations. Let's see what else this game has to offer.
Free Spins feature
As for bonus features, the Book of Dead slot has just the 1. to offer. When the Book symbol appears as a scatter, 3 or more are needed anywhere on the reels to trigger the Free Spins feature. As well as a payout of 2, 20 or 200 times your bet, you then enter a sacred chamber where you will be rewarded with 10 free spins.
During the feature, look out for 3 scattered Book symbols as this will give you a further 10 free spins. Doing this will give you the max 20 free spins available in total.
More importantly, a symbol is chosen randomly before the feature starts to act as a special expanding symbol. If you get this symbol on a few reels, it can give you some huge wins. Here are the potential rewards on offer if you manage to fill all 5 reels with the same symbol:
- Q, J or 10 symbols - 100 x stake win
- K or A symbols - 150 x stake win
- Horus or Anubis symbols - 750 x stake
- Osiris symbol - 2,000 x stake
- Rich Wilde symbol - 5,000 x stake
If you get Rich Wilde as the high value symbol, you can win the maximum jackpot available in the Book of Dead slot.
Book of Dead thoughts
Book of Dead is very similar to Novomatic’s Book of Ra Deluxe but with better graphics and animations - it provides a much better experience as it looks fantastic on mobile and tablet devices too. It is 1 of the most popular gambling slots and is considered the best ancient Egyptian themed game around. As a result, there have been many Book of Dead slots floating around (i.e. clones).
The game is a very volatile one with a maximum win per spin or free spin being 5,000 times your stake - to do this, you need to fill the reels with the high value Rich Wilde symbol. Whilst you can do this in the base game, it becomes much more likely in the Free Spins feature if Rich Wilde is chosen as the special expanding symbol.
It has an RTP of 96.1% which is decent but it's high variance so you'll need deep pockets and may need to deposit a few times to get into the Free Spins feature (where the big jackpot is made easier with the special expanding symbols). Just remember to bet sensibly as it can bleed your bankroll dry.
Book of Dead has become Play 'N Go's most popular-ever slot and achieved cult status. Speaking of the game, Play 'N Go's Chief Operating Officer (Martin Zettergren) said that
"Book of Dead is a spellbindingly exciting slot that players won't be able to tear themselves away from" and that it "boasts best-in-class graphics, sounds, and animation" - as a result, Play 'N Go has become real favourite amongst slot players and has spawn other Riche Wilde releases (such as the Rich Wilde and the Tome of Madness slot).