Rich Wilde & the Book of Dead – the Book of Dead slot for short – is an online slot from Play’n GO.
Book of Dead was Play’n GO’s big breakthrough. Play’n GO did not come up with the combination of the gameplay and the theme itself. Book of Dead is a clone of the Book of Ra slot from Novomatic.
Characteristic is the bonus game with one special, expanding symbol. This symbol expands during the bonus at times when it yields an (extra) prize. So five copies on your screen can be enough for a screen full of one and the same symbol. If that is Rich Wilde, you will win at least 5,000 times your bet per bonus spin.
Book of Dead has a payout percentage of basically 96.1 percent. Because Play’n GO slots are delivered to casinos not on gamstop with variable payout percentages, this payout percentage can differ per casino.
Book of Dead is set in ancient Egypt. Pharaohs were buried in pyramids with their riches. So there is work to be done for treasure hunters like Rich Wilde.
Three things are important to determine your total bet: the number of paylines you activate, the coin value and the number of coins. With 1 active payline, a coin value of €0.01 and 1 coin, the bet is €0.20 per spin. The highest possible bet, based on a coin value of 1, 10 active patterns and 5 coins, is €50. Use the ‘max bet’ button if you want to play fully within one click.
You then choose to spin the reels using the regular blue spin button, or select the autoplay mode. In the latter case, you can choose from 10 to 100 fully automatic spins. Optionally, you can select whether and when you want the chosen number of spins to stop early, for example when the Free Spins are reached.
The book with the golden scarab on it is the Scatter-Wild from Book of Dead. That means it has two functions. In the first place, it serves as a wild card and in that form can take the place of all symbol types. This makes it easier to form paylines. Its second job is to be a scatter symbol. That is, it does not have to land on a payline to win prizes. It is therefore also the only exception.
This is an optional feature, which can only be activated after a win in the base game. You determine whether or not that happens by clicking on the highlighted Gamble button. To participate, you must wager your entire prize won during that spin. Choose red/black for a 50% chance of winning and a prize to be won of 2 times your stake, or clubs, spades, diamonds or hearts for a 25% chance and a multiplier of 4.
The feature that it’s all about is the Free Spins. You win this with at least 3 scatters anywhere on the reels. Before the 10 free spins start, the Random Number Generator will first select a random paying symbol. This will serve as an Expanding Symbol during this feature.
For this it is important to know that, as in almost every slot machine, there are basic and premium symbols. The first group (A, K, Q, J and 10) only pays out from a 3-of-a-kind. The second (the scarab, Anubis, the pharaoh and Rich Wilde) are the highest paying symbols. Of the latter you only need 2 identical ones. If you spin a combination of 5, it automatically ensures that the entire playing field is covered with one symbol type, which gives you the highest possible prize. The other symbols of Book of Dead also participate during this feature, with which paylines can also be formed.
Example: if the chosen symbol is Rich Wilde and you find it in duplicate on the reels, they will both expand automatically. Because it is not important for these instances where exactly they land on a payline, they automatically pay out immediately in accordance with the paytable.
With the risk option, Play’n GO has given the Book of Dead slot a popular old-school feature. This is also often used by providers such as Merkur, Novomatic, GAMOMAT and Bally Wulff.
This makes the heart of every true gambler beat faster. This feature gives you the option of cashing in on any winnings you make or taking the risk to further increase your winnings. If you click on the button labeled “RISK”, the following playing field will open: In the gambling feature, you may be able to gamble for your win with the card color or the card symbol.
Card suit: In this round, you should predict the color of the next cards correctly – red or black. You have a 50:50 chance, so a doubling of winnings is possible!
Card symbol: Here you should predict the correct symbol of the next cards – diamonds, hearts, spades, and clubs. Your chance of winning is 1 in 4, so your win can be quadrupled!
If you compare Book of Ra Deluxe and Book of Dead, you have to admit that Graphically Book of Dead has the edge. The design is harmonious, the colors are more vivid and the graphics are detailed. This is accompanied by a dramatic and mysterious soundtrack, very much in keeping with the adventure theme.
Here is an overview of which combination pays you how much:
To get the 5000x payout, you need to get the Rich Wilde symbol as your special scatter symbol during the bonus round. Then, get 5 of them in a single spin during the free spins game. It’s not that easy, but it’s not impossible either.
The RTP (return to player) here is 96.1%, even 1% above the Book of Ra from Novomatic. You can play Book of Dead from €0.10 per spin. The maximum bet is €100.
We really liked this slot. It may not be particularly unique, but it is full of surprises: a big jackpot, profitable free spins, expanding wild symbols and a super smooth gameplay that you can enjoy both at home on your laptop and on the go on your mobile phone or tablet in the mobile version can.