The Book of Ra

Reviews Novomatic’s Book of Ra Deluxe Slots Machine

The Book of Ra Deluxe is an online slot game based in the land of ancient Egypt. It was released after the immense success of its predecessor, The Book of Ra, which has the same central theme and a few differences in the game play. The Book of Ra Deluxe was created by a reputed international gaming company called Novomatic, which has a great reputation for creating  slot games for casinos worldwide.

How to Play The Book of Ra Deluxe

Once the game loads, it directly takes you to the game screen without wasting any time. The Ancient Egypt theme has been well maintained in the entire screen. The background of the game screen is a very mysterious candle lit wall decorated with hieroglyphs. The title of the game at the top of the screen has the background of the Egyptian desert complete with the Pyramids of Giza. The generic symbols of 10, Jack, King, Queen and Ace are all stylized to look like hieroglyphs themselves, adding to the effect.

The game screen displays five slots and there are three symbols on each one of them .There are special symbols consistent with the theme such as a Pharaoh’s tomb symbol, Scarab symbol, Winged Goddess symbol, Book of Ra symbol, and finally a Treasure Hunter symbol which happens to bear an uncanny resemblance to the protagonist in Indiana Jones.

The colors used are generally deep, rich ones with a lot of Gold added to give an authentic Egyptian tomb feel. You can see that the game allows you to change the number of lines at play and also the amount you bet on each line. The soundtrack is an synth arpeggio which plays only during spins.

Features of the Game

The game seems quite straightforward at first. There can be a maximum of 10 lines at play, the betting amount can be a minimum of 1 credit to a maximum of 1,000 credits per spin and the game  counts sequences from left to right. But as soon as you spend a few minutes trying your luck, you will see why it is very popular. There are two main attractions of the game, a Gamble feature and a Free spin feature.

The Gamble can be activated after a win is scored. You are given a choice to either take the winning amount or try to gamble for up to five times that amount. If you choose to try and Gamble, you are taken to another screen where you will need to guess if the drawn card is red or black. You can see the previous five cards drawn which can help you predict it better. Each correct guess multiplies your winnings and you have a chance to take the win or continue gambling.

The Free Spin feature is activated when you manage to score at least three Book of Ra symbols on the game screen. This is a scatter symbol, so it need not appear in sequence to activate a win. Once you win ten free spins, a bonus Special expanding symbol is automatically awarded to you.

Then, it takes you to a bonus round screen which highlights the Special expanding symbol and has a dramatic soundtrack. The bonus symbol helps you get more frequent  wins and higher winning amounts by spreading once there is enough to generate a win. The winnings after every round can, again, still be used in the Gamble feature. The betting lines and betting amount remains unchangeable during the ten bonus rounds.

Once you have experienced the Free Spins feature of the game, coming back to the comparatively drab main game screen can be a tad disappointing. The winnings from the Free spins, however, tend to be quite large so that effect is nullified and you find yourself continuing to play to get another shot at the free spins.

Final Verdict

The game is quite captivating with its mystical winning graphics and dramatic soundtrack for the Free Spin feature. The winnings can be multiplied using the Gamble feature, which means you can quickly win a lot of money with just a single spin. If you correctly predict the cards, of course.

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