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Discover ancient Egypt with Book of Ra

Book of Ra is considered a pioneer in the slot industry. Being one of the first slots to start off in live casinos and transition to the online world has made it a sensational hit. Many continuously search for that real live casino experience online. Book of Ra is as close as you can come to getting that.

A Classic look mixed with arcade style soundtrack gives it a realistic ambience that few slots can compete with. I literally felt like I was playing a slot in a casino. When I first spun the reels and heard the music pump out, it immediately took me back to the first time I stepped into a casino.

Any slot that can take me back 15 years to a better time, deserves my full attention.

Ten paylines give Book of Ra a cherry slot feel, but the 5 reels add that modern touch. Free spins and special symbols also add to the flavor.

Book of Ra is one of the many hybrid slots made by Novomatic, it’s very similar to Sizzlin Hot and Dolphins Pearl. And much the same as those popular slots, Book of Ra has a deluxe sequel called Book of Ra Deluxe.

In the same style as Indiana Jones, Book of Ra is based on a relic hunter searching for the mighty tome in Egypt. You’re probably thinking that this theme has been done before; and you would be correct. Making it slightly worse is the neon like color scheme that lets you know just how long this slot has been around.

Another pitfall is the RTP (Return to Player). Set at 94.4%, it’s one of the higher variance slots you will play. To offset this, the payouts are much like all Novomatic slots. Higher than most slots, but don’t hit as often.

For an older slot, Book of Ra proves it can keep up with the times. You can play it on all platforms. The instant version is available for immediate play with no download. You can also find it on Android, iOS, and even windows phones.

Slot summary

Game type Online Slot
Software provider Novomatic
Autoplay Option Yes
Slot reels / paylines 5 Reels 9 Paylines
Coins range 0.04 – 4.00
Min/Max bet 0.36 / 36
Max win 180,000
Free spins 10 Free Spins / Expanding Scatter Symbols
Bonus rounds Scatter Wilds and Free Spins
House edge 5.74%
Slot volatility High

Short game explanation / pros and cons

The Book of Ra is the scatter symbol and activates the free spin bonus feature. To trigger free spins, you need to get 3 or more anywhere on the reels. Ten free spins are played at the same amount as your bet that triggered the free spins.

Adding to the excitement are special symbols only found during free spins. The special symbol is selected at the beginning of the free spins and will expand to cover up to three spaces after any win.

Symbols include ten through Ace card symbols as your basics. There are 4 theme based symbols with the treasure hunter being the highest paying one. Only two of the themed based symbols are needed to make a winning combination. Three will be needed for the ten through Ace symbols.

Game controls are standard Novomatic style, that I love to hate, though I am slowly adjusting to the menu design that forces you to access the bet amounts and lines, but would rather see a more traditional layout.

In game bonus features

During the free spins is where you will see the most action. Regular game play can be a little slow paced, but trust me, waiting for that bonus round is well worth it.

Expanding wilds that cover an entire reel help to produce the big wins.

If you really want to win big, the gamble feature will be the way to go. After any winning spin (outside of bonus rounds), you can click on the gamble button to try and double up your win. Picking the correct color of the face card will instantly double your win.

You can use the gamble feature more than once, however, be careful as you could lose your entire win amount for that spin if you guess wrong.

Final thoughts

There’s no denying the appeal given all of the betting options, free spins and expanding wilds.

Book of Ra has a loyal following that has made it one of the more sought after slots to play. Sadly, it’s not available at many casinos. so those that do offer it, love to brag about having it in their library. It tends to be one of the feature slots in their lineup.