Ancient Egypt-themed slots are nothing extraordinary so Play ‘n GO has given us nothing thematically unique with Rich Wilde: Book of Dead. However, players will find the game entertaining, given the evergreen theme, some rich graphics, and the possibility of some tomb-shattering wins.
Rich Wilde: Book of Dead is a standard 5-reel, 3-row slot with 10 flexible paylines. The game has you diving into Egypt’s Book of Dead with the intrepid archaeologist, aptly named as Rich Wilde. As you dig deeper for the treasures of the ancient civilization, you will come across the gods Horus, Anubis, and Osiris.
The Book of Dead can land as both the wild and scatter of the game, and pays out differently in both avatars. But the main symbol is your explorer friend Rich Wilde, which is also the most valuable symbol on the reels. Graphically, the game is acceptable, but nothing outstanding. Maybe it has to do with the fact that this is a relatively older slot, and the makers consciously chose to go with existing standards.
Apart from the ancient Egyptian theme, this is the best part about Rich Wilde: Book of Dead. Play n’ GO is known for high-volatility slots with moderate payouts in the base game and the best winnings coming from the bonus games. This game is no different. However, it has a high winning potential in the free spins round, with the special expanding symbol feature as we shall see. This is despite many places where the game comes with various lower RTPs than the theoretical default percentage of 96.21%. Casinos often use the default RTP – you can check the version offered to you at the casino you play at.
As usual, the card symbols are the least valuable of the game’s icons. Though they land the most frequent winning combinations, especially in the base game, they only pay out from 0.5 time your stake from three 10s, Js, and Qs to 15 times your bet for 5 Ks or As on the reels. When three Books of Dead appear anywhere on the reels, not only do they give you the free spins, they also pay you 2, 20, and 200 coins for landing on 3, 4, and 5 reels
The card symbols need to make winning combinations from reels 1 to 3, 4, or 5, whereas the gods and our hero pay out for landing on even 2 reels. Horus and Anubis pay 0.5, 3, 10 and 75 times your bet for landing on 2, 3, 4, and 5 reels respectively. The corresponding multipliers for Osiris are 0.5, 4, 40, and 200 times your bet.
Rich Wilde is the highest paying symbol of the game. In the main game, he will award you 1, 10, 100 and 500 times your stake for landing on reels 2, 3, 4, and 5 respectively. However, if you happen to catch him as an expanded symbol on all the rows and reels, he is worth 5,000 times your stake in the game. This also happens to be the maximum payout from the game.
This is the only bonus feature of the game, but the way it has been conceived, you will not need others. This is the free game that can pay out a maximum of 5,000 times your bet if Rich Wilde is your allotted expandable symbol, and he appears all over the reels.
A minimum of three Book of Dead symbols appearing anywhere on the reels will award you 10 free spins. At the same time, one of the premium symbols will expand horizontally and vertically over the grid. This can lead to some spectacular winning recipes and a formidable bankroll, even if Rich Wilde decides to give you the cold shoulder. If you land three more Book of Dead scatters during the free spins, you get 10 more free spins, with the same bonus features. You can only retrigger the free spins once.
The risk gamble feature is a standard feature in many slots, which is basically a double or quits game. The feature is activated after your first win, and you have the option of doubling your win, quadrupling it, or forfeiting it all.
If you choose to increase your win, you will be taken to a card lying face down. If you guess the correct color of the card, your win from that spin gets doubled. If you guess the suite of the card correctly, your winnings are quadrupled. However, if you call wrong, you lose your win. However, you also have the option to collect, if you suddenly develop cold feet.
This game is often said to be inspired by Novomatic’s Book of Ra Deluxe. However while that slot appeared in the era before smartphones came to rule, Rich Wilde: Book of Dead is fully-optimized for playing on the go. The game’s platform is fully compatible with today’s mobile platforms like Android and iOS. Hence the game can be played on virtually all smartphones and tablets, from the most ordinary to the latest Apple or Android offering.
We’ve followed Rich Wilde on several of his Play ‘n GO adventures. We met him first in South America while he was exploring Aztec Idols. Then we went north-east with him to prospect for the Pearls of India. And this time he’s rummaging through Egypt.
All these games are risky slots but with high payout potentials, which have made these games so popular globally. Rich Wilde: Book of Dead today perhaps is the best avatar of the explorer cum archaeologist, with elegant graphics from another day, and a betting window that caters to all budgets.