Ok, so ancient Egypt is a popular theme amongst slot players. However, the civilization was much more than just the god Horus and the pharaohs as games like Book of Gates would have you believe. There are so many other aspects of ancient Egypt, which either the developers ignore, or blindly follow what others have done with some new twists and turns. Such slots with static icons just paint a theme without depicting any real narratives.
Book of Gates has you pairing ancient Egyptian symbols with no apparent relationship to one another apart from existing within the same civilization. However, the game’s graphics are of excellent quality. It begins impressively enough with Anubis and the Queen holding their respective scepters on the right and Horus holding the Book of Gates to the left. In the center at some distance is what appears to be a well-designed triangular temple with a fireplace where lightening plays.
The temple makes way for the 5x8 grid and shifts to the background on the right, and the characters move on to the reels. The three top rows are closed and the base game plays out at the bottom where 2 to 5 characters can appear on each reel. Apart from the gods and the princess, these are a soldier, and to one’s horror, the 9, 10, and card royals of western civilization. An Egyptian symbol is the wild of the game and the Book of Gates is the scatter.
Successive wins in the base game opens each row on the top, while you get re-spins. Each top row opens up increased paylines as well, but when the wins stop, the rows are shut again, till you get your next successive win combos. This is the base game, but the real action lays in the free spins, which can take its own time to activate. But when it does, you will forget that the game has no real narrative, and concentrate on the spiraling win combos.
Book of Gates is a medium to high variance slot with a theoretical return to player of 96.03%. The game is played with four increasing paylines, which range from 3,125 in the base pillar game to 32,768 when all the rows pay out.
Of course, the card symbols are the lowest-paying icons on the reels. 9, 10, J, Q pay out between 0.20 and 1.00 for landing on reels 3 to 5. The values for K and A is 0.40, 0.60, and 2.00 for appearing on 3, 4, and 5 reels respectively.
Next up are the soldiers who pay between 0.60 and 4.00 for appearing on 3 to 5 reels. Then come Anubis with 2.00, 5.00, and 10.00 and Horus with 10.00, 30.00, and 50.00 when each god lands on 3 to 5 reels respectively.
These values are in US Dollars and are based on the lowest bet, which starts at $0.10 and closes at $100.00. This mid to high variance game should have you intelligently shuffling your bets as the games pans out. The max win potential of Book of Gates is 11,000 times your bet.
When the grid first appears in the game, you’d wonder why the reels have such a heavy top border with a reduced play area below. But when you make your first win combo, the lower most row opens up to give you a re-spin with more symbols to form win combos. If you have a successive win the reel above also opens up and this pattern continues until the last one opens up too.
You initially play with 3,125 win ways, which goes up to 7,776 ways to win when the first row opens with a re-spin. When the second opens too, the win ways further increase to 16,807 with more symbols to form win recipes with. If the third re-spin also gives you a win, then the last row opens and you now have 5 to 8 symbols per reel with which to form winning combinations with the maximum win ways of 32,768.
When you get the Book of Gates scatter on reels 1, 3, and 5, you trigger the free spins round. It is a standard round of 10 free spins, but they are played with all top three rows open and 5 to 8 symbols on each reel. You can make an amazing number of winning combinations with the maximum number of symbols with 32,768 ways to win.
Book of Gates is programmed in HTML5, which makes the game’s platform compatible with Android, iOS, Windows Phone and other mobile operating systems. Hence, the game can be played on all Smartphones and tablets that run on these cellular platforms.
HTML5 also ensures that the platform’s dynamics restructure themselves to the small screen. You can enjoy Book of Gates in original audio-visual clarity. Since you will be playing online from the operator’s platform, make sure you have a reliable internet connection.
We are tempted to say that Book of Gates is just another one-dimensional ancient Egyptian slot, but we won’t. The game’s features, the win ways mechanics should make players and casinos sit up and take notice. Book of Gates is a measured game. Even when you’re playing with the top three rows closed, you still have up to 5 rows and expanded symbols, just like you would in any other game.
The highest number of 32,769 win ways just may enable a very lucky player to hit the top jackpot of 11,000x. However, we do think that Book of Dead could have had more potential if the designers had removed their heads out of the box while thinking. Ancient has so much to offer, like mummies, burial chambers, the sun god Ra, the first sundials, hieroglyphics, and so much more.