Mythological and historical themes have an irresistible magnetism across all mediums. This is especially true in slot machines, where every other video slot created has a theme related to ancient civilizations, be it Chinese, European, South American, or Egyptian. Legacy of Dead from Play ‘N Go is a sequel to its Book of Dead. However, apart from the name, there is a notable difference in the second instalment of the series.
As in Book of Dead, the main attraction of this 5-reel, 10 payline game is the free spins feature. What makes Legend of Dead stand out is the feature of expanding symbols during the free spins. The concept can trigger a bewildering number of winning combinations. This is the redeeming feature of the Legend of Dead, which could otherwise be written off as a younger twin. The expanding symbols can change everything after some of those frustrating droughts.
The game is set in an Egyptian temple complete with stone pillars, inscribed walls, and torches. The introductory banner announces the two-dimensional aspects of the game even as it is loading, so players know what to expect. The imagery and graphics are both elegant and inspiring. At the lower end of the pay scale are the 10 to A card symbols. The higher end is made up by the Egyptian god Horus, Anubis, a pharaoh, and king Tutankhamen. King Tut’s burial chamber plays a dual role in his legacy – it is both the wild and the scatter.
Legacy of Dead is a high volatility slot with a slightly higher RTP of 96.58% against 96.21% of its predecessor, the Book of Dead. With a wide betting window between 0.10 and 100 Euros, you can play all ten paylines for as little as 1 coin per spin. Winning combinations are made when identical symbols land on 2, 3, 4 and 5 reels, starting from the 1 st reel on the left. However, 10 and the royal cards will have to land across 3 reels to create a rewarding combo.
As usual, the card symbols are the slot’s lowest-paying symbols. In the base game, both the god Horus and the pharaoh pay out 0.5, 2, 8, and 60 times your bet if they land on 2, 3, 4, and 5 reels respectively. Anubis correspondingly multiplies your winning by 0.5, 3, 30, and 160 times, if he appears on 2, 3, 4, and 5 reels. The boy king Tutankhamen, who grew up to be one of the most celebrated pharaohs, is the most generous with 1, 10, 100, and 500 multipliers for respectively appearing on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5.
When the burial chamber lands as a wild, it replaces all other symbols and helps to create more winning recipes. However, it is the burial chamber that contains king Tut’s treasure, and when it lands across 2 or more reels, it awards 1, 10, 100, and 500 times your bet. And when it lands as a scatter across 3, 4, or 5 reels, it not only activates the free spins round, but also pays out 2, 20, and 200 times your bet respectively. The maximum you can expect to win is a 5,000 times multiplier, if an expanded Tutankhamen lands across all the reels during the free spins game.
Like in many other slots, the real action takes place during the free spins rounds. When the burial chamber lands across at least 3 reels it becomes a scatter and activates the bonus spins. A parchment appears with a randomly selected symbol.When it lands on at least three rows of the reel, it expands to fill all the rows of that reel. The best part is that the expanded symbols make winning combos when three of them land anywhere on the reels.
You should hope for one expanded symbol (preferably king Tut) on all 5 reels. If 3 or more scatters land during the bonus game, 10 free spins are retriggered, along with the payouts. You will notice a row of expandable symbols on top of the reels. The special symbols are colored while the others are gray. When free spins are retriggered, another expandable symbol is added to the mix. Free spins retriggers can give you as many as 9 special symbols that can fill whole reels.
Every time you win, the game offers you a chance to double or quadruple your winnings, or forfeit what you won in the last spin. You can either double your winnings by guessing the right color of the card or multiply it by four times by speculating on the right suit.
Legacy of Dead can be enjoyed on virtually all mobile devices, and you can strike it rich while on the move. The game’s platform is fully-optimized to support major operating systems like Windows Phone, Android, iOS, and Blackberry, etc.
Players can be thoroughly entertained in full audio-visual clarity with the game’s HTML coding, which allows the mobile interface to seamlessly adjust to the small screen. You’re just playing the game on a smaller screen, which takes away nothing from the gaming excitement. You don’t have to be chained to a desktop or laptop to play and win.
Players familiar with Book of Dead and similar slots from Play ‘N Go, may find it easy to overlook Legend of Dead, but, they may do so at their own peril. If Book of Dead is popular, Legend of Dead has features that make it equally desirable, if not more. The concept of nine expandable, special symbols, is a creatively rewarding upgrade on the earlier slot.
Combined with this, other aspects, which can make Legend of Gods an all-time favorite are crisp, high-resolution imagery and a better return to player ratio. The game creates an intense aura of ancient Egypt, which can keep players immersed in the game play, even as they wait for the burial chamber to reward them in both of its avatars.