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Book of Dead (or Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead to give it its proper title) comes from the up and coming Play’n Go games studio. And you may already have heard mention of the title because it tends to offered as part of many welcome packages at various UK online casinos in the form of bonus spins to get you started. We have no complaints on that score, because Book of Dead provides plenty of thrills and spills, and it makes a fantastic introduction to the world of online video slots. The theme is one of the main reasons for this, as who doesn’t love a bit of tomb raiding and Egytian treasure hunting in the style of Indiana Jones?
As we stated in the introduction, you can find Book of Dead included in welcome deals across the spectrum of UK casinos, meaning that it is available at multiple websites. So, once you’ve located it at one of your favourite brands, fire it up and watch the introduction video sequence to get you primed for your task. When you’re into the base game itself, check out the lower third of the screen for all of the controls needed when playing. Paytable and Auto Play functions can be found on the right hand side. While along the bottom (starting on the left), you also will find buttons for adjusting your Coin Value, the number of Coins, the amount of Lines up to a maximum of 10, and you can even forget all about that and decide to Bet Max on every spin. To get the reels in motion or to stop them early, simply hit the main Spin button in the centre.
With a theme loosely based on Indiana Jones (with a bit of Lara Croft’s Tomb Raider thrown in for good measure), all of the characters and graphics fit in with the theme of robbing ancient Egytian palaces and underground tombs. Rich Wilde himself is the spit of Harrison Ford’s famous character, while the other symbols are made up of things such as the Phoenix, the Sphinx, Anubis, a Sarcophagus and the Book of Dead itself. Whenever you land a winning combination, all of these graphics will animate pleasingly – while the bonus rounds will refer to the Book of Dead to let you know how many free spins you have won and so on and so forth.
As this is based in Egypt and the Middle East, you get lots of excellent music from those cultures, including huge string sections, plenty of brass and evocative musical scales that really immerse the player in the game. If you think of Indiana Jones mixed with a dash of Disney’s Aladdin, then you won’t be far off at all. All of the sound effects add to the tension and excitement of playing the game, especially when you’re close to a big win or you’re about to launch into one of the bonus rounds. We really loved every minute of playing Book of Dead.
The main symbol to look out for throughout the game is, of course, the Book of Dead. Strangely it acts as two different types of bonus symbol depending on how many of them you land. So, while the Book of Dead is the Wild symbol which will morph into other symbols to help you create as many winning combinations as possible, it will also become the Scatter symbol at times. So, if you manage to get three or more Book of Dead symbols come up on the reels simultaneously, it will fill the screen, tell you how many free spins you have earned and also randomly choose a high value symbol for you – getting these on the reels during the free spins bonus round will lead to some huge wins. And, as if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a Gamble feature – pick the colour or suit of the next card and you can bump up your total booty.
There are plenty of games based on similar themes to Book of Dead (Novomatic has a rival title called Book of Ra, for instance), but we must admit that Play’n Go have really stolen all the treasure and gotten out alive to tell the tale here. The bonus rounds are super exciting and the game is so well polished that you’ll have hours of guaranteed excitement playing it. Top stuff!