Let’s get it out of the way at the get go – this can easily be construed as a ripoff of the Book Of Ra, one of the most played land based casino slot games of all time and we are sure experienced players will be shouting that from ringside. That said, Swedish Casino giants Play’n Go have done their absolute best to ensure this new online slot game reaches out to players on its own merits and this is definitely worth a try for those committed fans of the genre.
Even without the historical scripture as the games centrepiece ancient Egypt is hardly a new slot game theme, which makes it a good thing that this 5 Reel, 10 payline pokie offers other ways to redeem itself to non-theme orientated players. The gameplay, stunning graphics, 250,000 coin jackpot and its excellent mobile compatibility more than make up for us being led on this quest for wins by the Indiana Jones like character of Mr Riche Wild.
Ancient Egyptian style music fills the air the moment you log on to this game and enter the temple backdrop the reels are displayed against, classic pillars frame the screen and the 5×3 reels are divided by more historical columns in traditional colours.
The graphics are well produced and blend seamlessly between screen change events such as wins or bonus rounds, misty edges add a magical feel and the game has a very high end feel to it.
I did expect the game to be full of Egyptology based symbols but Play’n Go have gone for the simple time honoured format of playing cards from 9 through to Ace for the lower value icons on offer. Portraits of Anubis and Osiris are the most common high value symbols in the game whilst the explorer Riche Wilde himself is the highest paying of all. The book of dead itself acts as both the games wild and scatter, whilst 3 of them will activate the games free spins feature.
The main draw of the game feature wise is by far the bonus spins game, initiated by the combination wild/scatter symbol represented by the book of the dead. 3 on the screen initiate the bonus game and 3 more at any time during the spins will retrigger the round. Match 5 of the top value Riche wild symbols during the bonus spins for the max win of 5000 times your bet! This does make the volatility on the game quite high but jackpot chasing players will view that as a positive aspect of the game.
The 250000 coin jackpot alone will appeal to many players, whilst the well proven theme and structure provide a reliable if not exactly original pleasing play experience and the minimum bet of 0.10 lets anyone take a shot at the big jackpot.
The high level of mobile compatibility and the excellence of the way the game displays in that format is sure to attract the ever growing number of players gambling from mobile devices. All in all we think this may be another hit for the developer.