The Book of Ra Deluxe slot machine, often referred to as Book of Ra 2 is the sequel to the classic version and comes in two flavours: the 5-reel version, dealt with below, and the Book of Ra Deluxe 6 slot for those that fancy a more volatile challenge! Both Deluxe versions have the same game-play as the original Book of Ra slot but there are two fundamental differences. First, ‘Deluxe’ in Novomatic terms means 10 pay-lines as opposed to the 9 of the original and secondly the graphics and game-play are a bit sharper. Beyond that though, it’s the same game which is now also up and ready to play online, on mobile phones and tablets.
The expected return to player over the long-term – or ‘RTP’ as it is known – on the Book of Ra Deluxe version is 94.26% which is the same as the classic version but not as good as some other Novomatic slots. That seems quite low to me for an online slot game but it’s still going to be a few percentage points better than in land-based versions found usually on Novomatic’s Gaminator machines. For what it’s worth, all of the Novomatic slots so far released online have RTP’s between 94% and 97% (the lowest is the Reel King slot which has an RTP of 94.01%) so it seems logical that Book of Ra Deluxe should fall within the same parameters even if it’s at the lower end of the scale.
It’s one of many Egyptian themed slots, but with an Indiana Jones meets The Mummy
(the 1999 action-adventure movie) feel to it. The background is the title with the great pyramids in the distance and the reels are set on some dark stoned hieroglyphics, like the inside of a tomb. The sound palette is standard Novomatic and sounds like you’re in actual land-based casino with all the bells and dings – the music during the bonus round really feels like you’re on some kind of quest for Egyptian treasures. The slot features low value playing card symbols A, K, Q, J, 10 and higher value symbols of the explorer, the flail and crook on the pharaoh’s sarcophagus, the scarab and a statue of the goddess Isis.
The game’s highest paying icon is the Book of Ra itself which is unique in the way it acts both as a Wild and a Scatter. Five of these can get you 2000x your bet and can substitute for all other symbols. Also, hitting three or more of this special icon in any position will trigger the bonus feature and award you with 10 free spins with a 2x multiplier. This is nothing compared to the expanding action provided by the Book of Ra symbol which can expand to cover three whole reels and retriggers no less than 3 times! The feature chooses the symbol before it begins, and can be extremely lucrative if the icon chosen is a high value icon.
It’s a medium to high variance 5x3 reel slot with 10 adjustable pay-lines, very few compared to the video slots coming nowadays. The minimum bet per line is 0.04 credits and the maximum is 40 credits which is ideal for beginners and those on not so large bankrolls – be prepared to budget your money as this is a slot with an appetite! You have to wait a while to unlock the free spin round, but when you do it often pays out well.
The slot also has a gamble feature where you have to choose the correct colour of the upcoming playing card in the sequence and win 2x your stake. You can either continue to gamble your winnings or collect them at any point. Obviously the more you gamble the more you stand the chance of winning as the prize keeps doubling.
What you might be interested to know is that Novomatic’s Lord of the Ocean slot has the same features as Book of Ra 2 although the symbols ‘reveal’ rather than spin during the free spin feature, like they do in the Lucky Lady’s Charm Gaminator game. Being a classic slot with average graphics it might not appeal to everyone, but it plays well and can be quite lucrative after pacing yourself, especially with that exclusive Expanding Scatter. Careful, it’s addictive!
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