Book of Stars Slot from Novomatic
This Novomatic designed slot is another in their highly acclaimed ‘Book of Ra’ series of games. The original game was set in ancient Greece, but this latest version comes with a star gazing theme, complete with ancient philosophers, goddesses and mechanical, golden owls on the reels.
The central character in all of the previous games in the series was an Indiana Jones style explorer, but he has been replaced here by a female character who has more than a passing resemblance to Lara Croft.
The gameplay remains essentially the same however, with the “Book of Stars” symbol taking center stage throughout.
How to Win on Book of Stars
The female explorer is the highest paying of all, worth 5,000 coins for the maximum five in a row, while the bearded philosopher pays 2,000 coins. Land five in a row of the mechanical owl and the goddess symbol and 750 coins will head your way. Each of these four symbols will pay out for landing just two or more in a row, while the playing cards (10, J, Q, K and A) which complete the standard symbols require three or more in a row.
Every time you land a win you can choose to gamble it, with the opportunity of doubling up. To do this you’ll have to correctly predict the color of a face down playing card, although if you call it wrong, your win is gone.
Book of Stars Glittering Bonus Features
The Book of Stars symbol is by far the most important one on the reels. Firstly this acts as the wild symbol, meaning it will substitute for any other symbol in the game, this leading to those always welcome extra wins. The Book of Stars symbol is also the scatter and gives an immediate payout when you can land three or more across any of the reels, with a maximum prize of 4,000 coins for the maximum five.
Three or more of these symbols will also take you into the free spins feature. This will start with the book appearing and the pages will turn revealing a different symbol from the game on each page. The book will eventually settle on a page and this symbol now becomes the dominant one during the feature. Firstly, it will expand to fill an entire reel if it will lead to a win if doing so and secondly this symbol also pays out as a scatter, meaning that you’ll win if it lands on reels 1, 3 and 5 for example.
There is an added extra bonus feature in Book of Stars that you won’t find in any other games in the series. This comes in the form an extra wild symbol in the form of a golden ring, which appears on reels 2 and 4. This extra feature comes at additional cost per spin, but will give you the opportunity of gaining more wins.
Setup and Design
This backdrop to the reels shows the dark blue of space with clusters of stars dotted around, each of the reels transparent. The symbols are designed in dark, rich colors which give the game a real classic look, while its clear that much time has been spent on the overall design. The animation when any symbols form part of a win line is impressive too, the female explorer perhaps the most impressive symbol of all. The win line indicators either side of the reels add some additional color, while the control panel is neat and compact below the reels.
Perhaps the largest change from the other games in the series is the fact that the number of win lines here is much higher at 20, while you will find just 9 or 10 previously. You’ll simply choose your coin value and then multiply it by the number of lines to give you your total stake for each spin. Obviously, if you choose to enable the extra bet, the cost of each spin will increase further. To the left of the control panel is the ‘autoplay’ button, which you’ll simply click to start and then click again to stop.
The Book of Ra slot was a clear winner for Novomatic, so they have ensured that this sequel to the game remains faithful to that tried and trusted formula. This means you still have the single wild and scatter, while the bonus feature promises some big payouts. The symbols have been given a nice makeover, while a couple of small changes in the extra win lines and the extra bet all make for another enjoyable and very playable game in the series.