If plundering historic tombs in search of priceless treasure sounds like fun, hop aboard the Rich Wilde Express. The fearless adventurer is the star of Book of Dead, a Play N’Go slot with a free spin round that features Expanding Scatter symbols that give you the chance to win 5000x your stake.
How to play Book of Dead
Playing casino at Mr Green is always a variety of adventures, and in Play N’Go’s Book of Dead’s case, it’s an adventure….of an adventure.
But let’s start with the name. The Book of Dead was a collection of manuscripts compiled by countless priests in ancient Egypt with the aim of helping the dead make their way through the underworld. Even though we know they put it together with the best intentions, it all still sounds a bit creepy.
Well, the history lesson is over, and thankfully this slot is of a more uplifting nature than the inspiration for its name. How could it not be, when the protagonist is Rich Wilde, an adventurer in the footsteps of Indiana Jones, who fears nothing and is never happier than when he’s on the lookout for hidden treasure. Whatever the dangers he might face in pursuit of them.
If you think you’ve seen Rich Wilde before, it’s quite possible you have. He has starred in the Pearls of India and Aztec Idols slots, both of which are available at Mr Green. So apart from anything else, the guy travels a lot.
Everyone needs a budget when they go on adventures, and there are three ways to manage it. On the far left at the bottom, you can decide how much each coin you play (between 0.01 and 1.0) is worth by going up or down on the ‘Coin Value’ button. Right next to it you can choose how many coins you want to play (between 1-5), and just to the right of that you can choose how many lines (1-10) you want active.
The more lines you have in play, the greater your chances of getting winning combinations on the reels, but the downside is that for every extra line it will cost you a little bit more to play. The settings on these buttons will determine your bet per spin, which you can see where it says ‘Bet’ just below them.
If you’re in the ‘high-roller’ mood and want to get straight to the point and play the house limit, you can press the Bet Max button.
Just to round off what the different buttons do: The paytable shows what the different symbols are worth when you get them in a winning combination.
Autoplay means that you can automatically play a number of spins, just as it is possible to set a limit so that Autoplay stops if you win or lose a certain amount or if the Bonus feature is activated. Finally, we have the Spin button, but I don’t think it needs any further introduction.
Book of Dead Symbols
It’s a 5×3 reel slot machine, and the symbols are super cool. Recognising the fact that it’s inspired by ancient Egypt, there are valuable artefacts like a blue and gold bird, a symbol that looks like a cross between a black dog and a man (yep, that’s a bit crazy) and Tutankhamun’s amazing mask.
Usually, we see numbers on the regular symbols in most slot machines.
Now let’s not forget the two most important symbols. The hero of this slot – Rich Wilde – is the most valuable symbol when it comes to getting three in a row, which by the way can be diagonally as well as horizontally. He’s the handsome guy with the fashionable beard; you can’t miss him.
Last but not least, we have the most central symbol of the slot: the Book of Dead symbol. Interestingly, it serves two purposes here. Firstly, it behaves as a Wild and can substitute for all other symbols. The game automatically calculates the most profitable symbol to substitute. Secondly, it is the Scatter and your path to the game’s bonus feature.
Book of Dead Free Spin Feature
Three Book of Dead features activate free spins, which unfortunately is the only bonus feature on the slot. Fortunately, it’s more than good enough to ensure that you don’t really need any others because it’s equally immersive and potentially rewarding for you.
As if that wasn’t enough, once you’ve got the first two Book of Dead symbols, the game will highlight the last reel while you wait to see what it lands on.
Before the free spins start, you will sometimes be awarded an Expanding Scatter symbol. Since Rich Wilde is the most valuable, that’s the one you want. If that’s not possible, one of the ones with Egyptian artifacts is also good as they are the second most valuable.
When you get two or more of your awarded Expanding Scatter symbols, they expand and take over all 10 paylines. If it happens to be Rich, he will take over the entire screen and you will hit the jackpot, which is 5000 times your stake.
A word of warning: This is what we refer to as a volatile slot machine. By that, we mean that there will be times when you will have to be patient because there might not be medium to big wins coming your way. That said, once you’ve activated the free spins, you can be almost certain to walk away with a decent win, and if you’re lucky enough to secure one of the valuable symbols, like your Expanding Scatter symbol, you can secure yourself a monster win.
Book of Dead Gamble Feature
Every time you get a winning combination, you can choose to double or quadruple what you’ve just won. The game offers the option to Cash Out or Gamble. Payout and the money is saved, Gamble and you get to play the side game.
If you’re going for a 50/50 chance of doubling up, just guess whether the next card is Red or Black. If you want to be more ambitious, you can choose what suit the next card will be. Guess right and you’ll quadruple your winnings.