Book of Ra Deluxe Slot from Novomatic

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If you ever played the original Book of Ra slot you’re in for a treat when playing this deluxe version.

Yes, you’ve still got the Ancient Egyptian theme, where the Indiana Jones style explorer uncovers Tutankhamun style tombs, golden winged statues and the scarab beetle – but here the game has been given a modern overhaul.

You’ll find smoother updated graphics, improved sound and they’ve even added a win line. Like the original game, the highlight is the free spins bonus round where you’ll find one symbol randomly selected at the start which will both expand and act as a scatter.

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How to Win on Book of Ra Deluxe

The actual gameplay at this deluxe version is exactly the same as the original. So, you’ll win in the base game when landing consecutive symbols from left to right on a win line. The explorer is the highest paying symbol, worth 5,000 coins for the maximum 5 in a row, while the golden tomb is worth 2,000 coins. The golden statue and the scarab beetle both pay 750 coins. Each of these four symbols pays out when you land two or more symbols in a row, while all of the others require at least three in a row. The standard symbols are completed by the playing cards 10, J, Q, K and A.

Like the original, you’ll also find a gamble-after-win option where you can aim to double your money by correctly predicting the color of a playing card.

Expanding Symbols in the Book of Ra Deluxe Feature

The Book of Ra symbol is the most important in this Novomatic designed casino slot. First of all it acts as the wild symbol, meaning it will substitute for any other symbol on the reels, giving lead to many additional wins. However, unusually in slot gaming, this wild also acts as the scatter symbol. Land 3 books on the reels and you’ll win 20 coins, land 4 and 200 coins are heading your way, while the maximum 5 will see you pocket 2,000 coins. However, more importantly, three or more scatters will also see you enter the free spins bonus feature.

You’ll have 10 free spins in the feature, but before you embark on the spins you’ll find the Book of Ra taking center stage. The book will flip open and go from page to page showing one of the symbols on each. Eventually the book will stop and whichever symbol is showing at the time will become picked as the feature symbol. This chosen symbol will now become very prominent throughout the feature. First, it will become an expanding one, filling an entire reel when appearing just once (it will only expand if doing so will trigger to a win). This symbol also pays out as a scatter symbol, so it won’t need to land on consecutive reels from left to right. As a nice added extra, you’ll find that this feature can be re-triggered by landing three or more of the Book of Ra symbols.

Updated Design and Setup

The original game had a somewhat simplistic design played out on an old style fruit machine. This game has a very updated look and feel. Yes, it is still played out within the design of a casino slot, but this is a much slicker, silver themed machine. The graphics of the game have all been given a facelift too, each more impressive than before, while the animation whenever you land a win is much improved too. The soundtrack has been given an overhaul too, this game really transporting you to the days of ancient Egypt.

Just like the original game, this is played out on five reels, the only difference being that there are 10 win lines instead of 9. You can play each spin for as little as 10 credits, although you can play any multiple of 10 up to 1,000 credits (hitting the bet max button will automatically set the credit amount to 1,000). Unlike the original, you will find an auto play option here.

Overall Experience

Just like movies, slot sequels aren’t always the most successful ideas, although Novomatic have to be praised for producing a big step up here. The unique gameplay of the original game remains, the only difference being the updated graphics and sound, the one area where the original game which wasn’t the strong point. Now you have a slot with very enjoyable gameplay, the prospect of some very big wins in the bonus feature and high quality graphics too.

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