Rise of Dead

It’s debatable as to whether most people would like to see the dead rise or whether the dead are better off staying put. I suppose it depends on who the dead are.

In this new Ancient Egypt-themed slot by Play’n GO, that’s not something you need to worry about. The dead rising here are dead Pharaohs who you’re unlikely to have met while they were alive and whether you fancy a quick chat with them or not, their appearance is certainly good news for your wallet.

An important clarification to make is that this slot is not a sequel to Book of Dead but rather, it’s a completely different game with its own storyline, characters and features. As we’ll soon find out.

How to play Rise of Dead at Mr Green

Just as every day starts with a sunrise, so every spin on a slot starts with determining how much you want to play for. The best slots give you plenty of range regarding your stake, so Rise of Dead gets an early tick for doing just that. You can play for anything between just £0.20 and £100 so the more casual players will stick with the lower end while the high rollers out there will be taking the ‘go big or go home’ approach with some chunkier wagers.
If just watching trumps ‘manual labour’ in your eyes, then you can use the Autoplay function to do the hard work for you. Choose how many auto spins in a row you want the slot to play for you. With the added advantage of choosing events that will halt the auto play, such as: any win being secured, the free spins being activated or a single win exceeding a particular amount.
You’re the boss here when playing so can decide how loud you want the sound to be or whether you want ‘fastplay’, which does exactly what it says on the tin, to be active.

Rise of Dead Features

You don’t get more classic than Ancient Egypt so it’s fitting that this slot has the classic set-up of five reels and three rows with 20 active pay lines.
Let’s get the dull news out of the way first: yes, the slot has low-value symbols in the form of playing cards: 10 to Ace.
Those of course aren’t the ones you’re interested in getting, though. The ones you really want appearing are…the dead Pharaohs; there are three of them.
And the big fish among them (the one with the highest value of the three) is Tutankhamun. He of the famous death mask made of gold, lapis lazuli and other precious stone. He of the famous discovery in 1922 when English archaeologists found his tomb, sparking huge media attention and unprecedented interest in Ancient Egypt.
On the slot, Tutankhamun looks like a cross beneath what we see on the famous death mask and…Skeletor from Masters of the Universe. A bit bizarre but you won’t be complaining when you get five of them: you’ll be paid out 25x your stake.

Rise of Dead Wild symbol

The makers of this game had no end of possible options when deciding what the Wild symbol should be and ended up going with…a dung beetle.
Strange choice but again, you won’t be thinking about that when it makes an appearance. It does the usual job of replacing any symbol other than the Scatter and is also the highest value symbol of them all. Five of them in a row and you get paid out 125x your stake.
Now that’s a payout that would make for a song by Paul, Ringo and co worth singing about. You know, seeing as they’re Beatles….

Rise of Dead Bonus Features

As ever, the free spins are generally where the real money is made. But that’s not the only feature on offer.

Mega Stacks Feature

On some spins in the base game, one of the reels appears stacked with the same symbol. It’s 12 symbols high, offering plenty of potential for big wins.

Gift of Gods feature

Occasionally reels 1, 3 and 5 are matched in full stacks with the same symbols there. They’ll remain in place while reels 2 and 4 are spun. It’s all pretty dramatic and a load of fun when they do so because there’s a moment of suspense while those two reels spin, knowing you could be in line for a big win; a full screen of the top paying symbol pays 500x your bet.

Ancient Free Spins Feature

Being allowed admittance to the tomb of the dead isn’t for everyone; it’s for the select few. Or more precisely, for players of Rise of Dead who get a scroll scatter symbol on each of reels 1,3 and 5.
You get 10 free spins to start with and 1,2 or 3 Scatters landing on the reels during the free spins themselves adds an extra 2, 4 or 10 free spins respectively to your total.
All regular symbols appear stacked on the reels but so can the Wild symbol. Premium Pharaoh symbols that land on a winning pay line will expend to fully cover the reels.

Mechanics of Rise of Dead

It’s always good to know the vital statistics ahead of playing a particular slot so here you go.

 

Max Win (£): 500,000
Max win (coins):
Max Bet (£): 100
Min Bet (£): 0.20
Return to player: 96.53%
Volatility: High.
Free Play available: Yes

 

In an era of high-end technology, unlike Ancient Egypt, it’s unsurprising that you can play Rise of Dead on any number of different devices: desktop, laptop, smart phone or tablet. It’s up to you.

 

Final conclusion

 

There isn’t anything massively original about going down the well-trodden path of slots themed around Ancient Egypt.

But if that isn’t so novel, there are some more imaginative features in place here that certainly make it all worthwhile.

Whereas the free spins are pretty standard as well in terms of format, the Mega Stacks and Gift of Gods features make the base game far more entertaining because they can appear on any spin, so help to keep you engaged till those free spins come into play.

It’s a high volatility slot so expect some pretty drastic fluctuations to your bank while playing it. After all, life in Ancient Egypt wasn’t for the feint hearted.

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