Book of Ra Slot
Book of Ra is an Egyptian-themed max 9-pay line 5-reel online slot from Novomatic. This is one of the most popular land-based slots of all-time, and can be found in real-world casinos all over the world from Spain to Sweden, and from Germany to Greece. Thankfully, Novomatic have converted this classic slot into an online version, so anyone anywhere now has the chance of enjoying this all-time favourite. The symbols in this game are playing card values from nine to ace, with a few extra symbols associated with Egyptian mythology thrown in for good measure, such as a golden scarab beetle and a pharaoh's mask. There's also a smiling archeologist who seems to share a few genes with a certain Dr. Jones from Indiana.
The game is graphically presented as you'd find it at a casino, complete with a wooden cabinet and plastic buttons. You can select the number of lines you want in play, which is any odd number from one to nine. You can also choose your bet size from one to one hundred credits, which is then multiplied by the number of lines you've selected to create your final bet. Once you're happy, hit the 'Start' button to send the reels spinning. To win, you need to land at least two (and sometimes three) identical symbols on an active pay line from the left hand reel.
Payout & bonus rounds
The lowest payout is for two of any non-playing card symbol (aside from the archeologist) or for three playing cards, any of which scores you 5x your line bet. The jackpot is a pleasing 5,000x for five of that Dr. Jones look-a-like.
The multi-faceted 'Book of Ra' symbol itself is the most welcome sight, as it acts as the wild symbol, the scatter symbol, and the bonus symbol! The symbol substitutes for all other symbols, and landing at least three of them anywhere on the reels wins ten free spins and a prize.
Before the free spins commence, the Book of Ra will magically slide open, and one of the symbols will be chosen. If, during any of the free spins that symbol appears on the reels, then that whole reel turns into that symbol, which typically triggers more wins. if you're lucky enough to land a profitable symbol, then some massive wins are quite possible.
Book of Ra belongs to a different age (and not just the Ancient Egyptian age) but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Each spins takes on average around three seconds, and the frequency of wins seems high, even taking account of there only being a maximum of nine pay lines. It's easy to see why this is such a popular slot, both online and off!