Saturday nights are usually boring for me cause I’ve already done all the fun stuff on Friday nights: grabbed a bite with friends, watched a movie, played sports (boxing) and so on. As boredom started to set in I decided to play Play N’ Go’s Book of the Dead video slot at 24kCasino, after all it’s been our ”Unofficial Top Slots” of 2016 and our players simply love the game. Armed with a bankroll of £250 I decided to play the game just to see if it’s really as good as they say it is.
For what it’s worth it’s a high variance slots so you might want to go easy on the bankroll once you start playing it. The slots has a lot of good things going for it starting with a total cash price of 250,000 coins, a return to player percentage (RTP) of 95.6%, cracking visuals, special expanding wilds during the free spins, scatters and a free spins feature where up to 20 free spins can be won (can be re-triggered). It peaks and trows a lot but in a good kinda way with loads of innovative ideas. The game is suitable for play on mobile phones, tablets or desktops.
The minimum bet per spin of Book of Dead slots is £0.10 up to £100. The reason why I mentioned it despite being a money gobbler it’s the perfect slots for low rollers like myself. It’s better to play a high variance slots at the lowest bet per spin than playing a low variance one at the lowest bet. The symbol that offers the top cash prize is Rich Wilde, 5 of them pays a top cash prize of 5,000x your stake.
The other interesting bit about the slots is that the scatter and the wild are one and the same icon-The Book with the scarab beetle on it. When the wild symbol appears it completes a winning combination by acting as the third or fourth symbol. Pretty much like the wild card in a game of poker.
My average bet per spin was £0.50 with a coin value of 0.01. Since it’s a high variance slots it’s best to keep matters simple. Can’t say that I’m impressed with the base game wins-the biggest win I pocketed was £5 when 2 Rich Wilde symbols pitched in conjunction with the wild.
I decided to try and trigger the free spins since this is where the game’s riches lie, initially I had 500 spins to trigger it with. I still kept my average stake at £0.50 per spin since it’s a crazy volatile slots! The most dry spins I experienced during the base game was 10! Spinning the reels manually can become a workout in itself rather use the Auto Play feature.
Triggering the free spins required a bit of work on my part, after 90 odd spins and a couple of ‘meh’ base game wins I finally triggered it! It says: ‘‘Congratulations You’ve Won 10 Free Spins!” The free spins feature is triggered by 3, 4 or 5 book symbols which awards you 10 free spins. That said, you’ll receive a payout for 3, 4 or 5 books. Wins started off for me at 150 coins (3 scatters), I won a whopping 4,575 coins or a win of £45.75 (90x my stake) the first time I triggered the free spins mode.
Before the free spins start an expanded wild symbol is added to it, in my case it was the Anubis (Egyptian god of the dead) symbol. When 2 or more of them appear on a reel they expand by covering it entirely, every time this happens huge wins ensue. At one stage I had 9 of them, it’s also the third highest paying symbol. Now imagine if the expanding wild symbol is Rich Wilde himself, you’ll be jumping up and down in your seat and not banging your keyboard like I did on a couple of occasions during the main game.
I pressed on and managed to trigger the free spins within 25 spins for the second time! Yup I know it’s crazy but believe me it happened. At this stage it looked like I was on a ‘Golden Run’, from here on end I decided to milk this slots as much as I could.
This time round 3 scatter books paid me 672 coins. I started the free spins with this amount, once again the expanding wild was Anubis. I triggered the free spins again when an additional 3 scatters appeared and winning another 20. Lo and behold I triggered the free spins again winning a total of 30 free spins! The biggest win I had was 10,400 coins or a win of £104 (105x my stake!).
This is where I decided to cash in and run. I’ve had a bunch of incredible wins of late and didn’t want to spoil my incredible stroke of luck by playing everything back into the casino again. So let’s just recap, I started playing with £250 at an average stake of £0.50 (didn’t deviate) and managed a profit of £110 with a few minor base game wins in between.
In summary. Book of Dead’s base game wins are atrocious. I had some dismal wins here but its free spins feature augmented by the expanding wild is truly sensational. To me this slots has all the ingredients of a fantastic game, I will definitely play it again but not at the same online casino. Don’t bank on big base game wins although it’s certainly possible-shoot for the free spins feature since it’s extremely rewarding.
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