Book of Ra Slot from Novomatic
Book of Ra is an online slot with an ancient Egyptian theme. This is one of Novomatic’s most popular games, and has enjoyed several sequels and spin-offs over the years.
On the reels you’ll find a Tutankhamun style tomb, a scarab beetle and a winged golden statue, while the most important symbol is the Book of Ra itself.
This acts as both the scatter and the wild symbol. Despite the Egyptian theme, this is a slot set in the modern day from the perspective of an explorer, who might possibly remind you of Indiana Jones when he appears, this symbol is the highest paying one on the reels.
How to Win on Book of Ra
The explorer is the highest paying of the standard symbols, worth an impressive 5,000 coins when you hit the maximum 5 in a row. The tomb pays 2,000 coins and both the golden statue and the scarab beetle have a top payout of 750 coins. Each of these symbols pays when you land two or more in a row, while you’ll need at least 3 in a row of every other symbol. The playing cards 10, J, Q, K and A complete the standard symbols.
The Book of Ra is by far the most important symbol on the reels. Firstly this is because it acts as the wild, substituting for every other symbol on the reels, enabling many additional wins. Unusually for a wild this also acts as the scatter symbol. As the scatter symbol you’ll find payouts of 18, 180 and 1,800 coins when this symbol appears anywhere on the reels 3, 4 or 5 times respectively. Landing three or more of these scatter symbols will also gain you entry into the free spins feature.
Free Spins with Expanding Symbols
You’ll have 10 free spins to start with and before the first spin the Book of Ra will appear and choose one of the symbols at random which will play a major part throughout the feature. Firstly this symbol will now become both a scatter meaning you’ll gain a payout whichever reels it appears on, for example if it were to appear on reels 1, 3 and 5 you’d win the 3 in a row payout. This symbol also becomes an expanding one, meaning that it will fill an entire reel when it means that it will lead to a win. Even better news is the fact that landing three more scatters during the feature will see it being re-triggered, with 10 extra spins added to your total.
Design and Setup
You might think that this gives the slot a slightly outdated look on first seeing Book of Ra, but the colorful and sharp graphics on the reels make it work. This is only added to by the nice animations when you land a win with one of the main symbols. The design stands out too because of the impressive golden title and the large amount of color both on the reels and on the win line indicators either side of the slot.
This slot plays much like any other five reel slot, although you’ll find a fewer amount of win lines than usual at just 9. You can play each spin for any multiple of 9 credits, starting at just 9 ranging all the way through to 900 (you can set the credit amount to 900 by simply clicking on the Max Bet button). Unfortunately the game doesn’t feature an auto play button which would have made for a nice addition.
Book of Ra was released a number of years ago and in the time since has become something of a classic game, spawning a number of spin offs. It’s easy to see why the game has achieved such a status. Despite the relative simplicity of base game, having one symbol which acts as both the scatter and the wild gives the game a unique air, while the free spins bonus round is very different to what you’ll find anywhere else, with expanding symbols that pay as scatters. Having played this Novomatic designed slot, you’ll certainly want to play one of the sequels.