The Book of Ra slot machine features 5 reels and 9 paylines. This Novomatic slots game is one of the more successful games amongst players and has already spawned several sequels. The theme is perhaps just the universally enjoyed one of ancient Egypt, which has always attracted slots aficionados in droves.
The reel symbols are well-articulated and include a Pharaoh, beautiful Queen Cleopatra, the Scarab beetle and the golden Book of Ra. In terms of the storyline, the Indiana Jones type archaeologist is the protagonist, aiming to find all these magnificent symbols in the land of the Pharaohs.
A High Variance, Exciting Slots game
The game objective of the Book of Ra slots game is complete a line of five identical symbols. This is a fairly high variance slots game, and therefore the winning combinations pay out large jackpots. Perhaps taking a while to land the major jackpot combinations, once landed the player will find themselves in the money in a big way. The Indiana Jones-type relic hunter is the most valuable symbol in the base game, and five of these will award the player with the substantial jackpot of 5000 coins. The next most valuable symbol is the Pharaoh, a symbol that carries a potential 2000 coin jackpot.
A Wide Range of Options
Part of the attraction of Book of Ra slot machine is the wide variance possible in coin denomination settings. Using this feature, players can set the value per payline anywhere between 0.02 to 5 coins per payline. As with all slots machines, the payout percentages that favour players the most occur when the maximum number of paylines are activated. The return to player of Book of Ra slots game is reputed to be 96% although apparently testing has revealed it closer to 92%.
The winning objective in Book of Ra slots game is the Scatter symbol. The Book of Ra itself is the Scatter symbol in this game, so it can appear anywhere of the reels to deliver its effect. Three or more Scatter symbols appearing triggers the Bonus Round feature which is the route to riches in this slots game. The Bonus Round features a number of free spins, dependent, obviously on the actual number of Scatter symbols appearing on the reels. The Free Spins bonus can be re-triggered at any time during gameplay.
Significant Bonus Features
When the free spins and Bonus Round is triggered, the Book of Ra appears on screen with turning pages. The pages will stop turning, and reveal the symbol that will become the Expanding Wild during the free spins. Should the Expanding Wild symbol be landed during the free spins, the symbol will expand to cover the entire reel and thus generate substantially more winning combinations.
In addition, multiple appearances of this Bonus symbol will create a multiplier effect on the game, and any winning will be multiplied by the betting stake at casinos. Effectively this means that the maximum jackpot on Book of Ra slots game is therefore 25 000 coins, which explains the reason so many player choose this as one of their main slots options.
Being a Novomatic software powered slot machine, Book of Ra also has the Gamble and Autoplay features available for additional excitement.