Rich Wilde and The Book of Dead
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Rich Wilde and The Book of Dead Slot Review

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What is this mobile slot about?

The intrepid explorer is at it again! Except he is walking along well travelled routes with this Book of Dead mobile slot.

We’ve seen Rich Wilde on his many other adventures in several Play’n GO slots, all of which tend to be fairly risky games, but generally with worthwhile treasure at the end.

First he headed to South America with the Aztec Idols slot, then he chased enlightenment with the Pearls of India – each providing unique mechanics and themes.

This Book of Dead slot (yeap, that’s how they’ve spelt it; do resist the urge to place a ‘the’ in there somewhere) is by far the most dangerous of the lot, though as you play you’ll notice that this is not… exactly… a new adventure.

Familiar game play over 10 paylines

Between us, this is basically a copy of the Book of Ra Deluxe slot by Novomatic.

It could be pure coincidence, but the fact that both have a charming Indiana Jones adventurer heading to ancient Egypt and chasing dusty old golden tombs, makes you wonder if Play’n GO were not being just a little obvious.

They both have 10 paylines, special scatters in the free spins, they both have a huge amount of dead spins in the base game.

We kid you not, be really careful with this Book of Dead slot game. This is old school gameplay: you’ll win big on 5 of a kind wins and the free spins. In-between that you can wait a while for either.

So budget, budget, budget.

The brilliant Book of Dead slot free spins

Though we were a little dubious about Play’n GO trying to recreate one of the most famous casino slots of all time, we have to say that they have managed to capture the heart of what make these mechanics exciting.

Namely, the free spins come around every 100 to 150 spins, and when they do, tend to be very rewarding. Not always, but usually fairly exciting.

The reason is that one symbol is chosen to act as an expanding scatter; so get a high paying symbol, and anytime you get 2 or 3 symbols anywhere on screen, these will expand and pay over all 10 paylines.

Now imagine getting 5 of those all in a row

It’s pure adrenaline slot fun for those who love the big highs and the big lows of traditional slot machines.

And who cares if it is a cop… an homage… to the once great machine? The graphics are fresher, the sounds more exciting, you can win up to 5,000 times your bet, and this Book of Dead video slot is far easier to find.

Sometimes you just have to appreciate a good thing, and not look too deeply into it.

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Mobile slot overview

Mobile Slot releasedJanuary 2016
Slot typeVideo Slot
SoftwarePlay'n GO
Slot reels / paylines5 Reels / 10 Paylines
House edge / RTP3.79% / 96.21%
Slot volatilityHigh
Coins range0.01 - 2.00
Min/Max bet0.10 / 100
Max win500,000
Free spins10 Free Spins / Random Expanding Scatter Symbol
Bonus roundsWilds that are scatters, Free Spins, Expanding Scatter Symbols
Slot ThemesAdventure & Explorer
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In-game bonus features

Wilds/Scatter Symbol: The Golden Book of the Dead (there we said it) is both the wild and the scatter symbols. It replaces all other symbols on screen and triggers the free spins

Free Spins & Expanding Scatters: 3 or more Book of Dead slot symbols anywhere on screen will trigger 10 free spins.

One random symbol will be chosen to act as an expanding scatter. Basically, all this means is that if 2 or 3 or more of these symbols show up on screen, they will expand to fill the whole reel, and pay out, regardless of whether they are left to right of each other.

Though you'd think you'd want this to be one of the lower paying symbols, as they show up more often, so you're more likely to get more multiple wins, you'd be wrong.

The reason is that the top 4 highest paying symbols pay out on a 2 symbol win upwards, whilst the Ace to 10 only pay out when three show up on screen.

Meaning that with high paying symbols you are just as likely to get multiple wins, plus if you get 3/4/5 you are talking Mega Huge Super Wins.

With this kind of high variance slot machine, you always want to aim big for the best results.

Closing thoughts

Despite the fact that we keep calling this the Book of the Dead slot, rather than Book of Dead mobile slot in our heads, you can't fault the great mechanics here.

It won't be for everyone, the slow base game might make some nervous when the wins feel small and dangerous, but you can't help but get a rush during every free spin bonus when you hope to line up a whole screen full of scatter symbols.

If you want something a little more energetic, but with equally good wins, we'd also recommend either the Spin Party or Pimped slot by the same provider.

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Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: May 25, 2020 - Rating 5

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