The Book of Ra slot, available at Mr Green casino, isn’t the first slot to be based around the theme of Ancient Egypt. And it’s unlikely to be the last. Clearly fans of slots enjoy playing games that feature that most iconic and mythical of Civilizations and while there’s demand for games with that theme, makers of slots such as Novomatic (who made this one) will carry on making them.
An adventurer with a cool-looking leather hat and a slightly cheesy grin with a rope (or is it a whip?) round his shoulders is the star of the show. He’s the most valuable symbol in the game.
The graphic designers at Novomatic have certainly earnt their pay checks because both him and the other Egyptian symbols all look great. History enthusiasts will recognise the mask of the famous Tutankhamun, discovered by English explorer Howard Carter, as one of the more valuable symbols.
Not quite up there in terms of the beauty stakes but stunning nonetheless are the golden statute and the black dung beetle. Get three or more of any of these and you’re sure of a decent pay-out.
As is very often the case, the lower value base game symbols are playing cards but in keeping with the theme of the game, sort of resemble hieroglyphics.
Finally, there’s quite a rare case of a symbol that acts as both the Wild and the Scatter. In this case it’s the Book of Ra symbol itself. In terms of the Wild, slots fans will know that it can substitute for any other symbol and the game will help you out by calculating how best to do that so that you don’t have to.
Before getting stuck into the wonderful and wacky slot, it’s time to choose your stake per spin. Start by choosing how many lines you want to be active on your next spin. For the record, this is a 5x3 reel slot.
Choosing just one line means that you can only win if you get three or more of the same symbols on the central line. As you start to increase the number of lines, you’ll start to see there are more and more ways in which you can win. Choose the maximum of 10 and you’ll see that you can secure wins diagonally as well and in all sorts of different directions.
You then also need to decide how much you want to be staking in terms of the number of coins per line. You don’t need a maths degree to realise that if you’re staking 1 coin per line and you’re playing 10 lines you’ll be taking 10 coins per spin. Or that if it’s 5 coins per line and 4 lines it will cost you 20 coins per spin. You really don’t need that Degree because the game will work it out for you.
So just play around with the number of lines and bet per line until you find what’s right for you.
As a little bonus, you can choose to press the Autoplay mode which will mean you just keep on spinning the reels until you press the Stop button.
You’ll remember that we mentioned the Book of Ra symbol was a Scatter. Get three of those and you’ll activate the game’s bonus round, which are the free spins.
Even though getting three of them isn’t that easy, it’s made easier by the fact that they don’t need to be in a line; they can appear anywhere on the reels to count.
Before you get your 10 free spins, the slot will allocate you your special symbol for the duration of them.
If during the free spins you get 2,3,4 or 5 of that symbol, it’s value will be multiplied by the number of pay lines you had activated when the free spins were won. Those same symbols can also expand to cover most of the reels and that’s where the really big prizes can be secured.
How do you know much each symbol is worth? That depends on the value of the symbol itself and on how much you staked when the bonus feature round was activated. Clicking on the Paytable will tell you everything you need to know.
What sort of a slots player are you? The one who likes to secure constant wins or the one who wants to strike while the iron is hot?
If it’s the latter, you’ll probably want to Gamble rather than collect each time you get a win. If you Collect you just bank the money and it will be as safe in your balance as it would be in the vault of a Swiss Bank. But if you want to Gamble, you can try your luck at doubling up your money.
All you have to is predict whether the next card coming up is Red or Black. Guess right and 20 coins become 40, or 50 become 100. You can carry on Doubling Up a few more times until the game tells you that you can’t anymore but don’t be too greedy! Sometimes it’s better to have one bird in your hand than two in the bush.
To help you out, the Book of Ra slot displays which were the last few cards that came out to assist you to make a decision about which one you think will be drawn next.
The Gamble Feature is just the icing on the cake of a really cool slot by those trusted hands at Novomatic who know how to make colourful and exciting games that will keep you entertained for hours.