Free Crypt of the Dead slot
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Crypt of the Dead slot by Blueprint Gaming will no doubt give you an idea of the mechanic just by the title. We all know 'Book' or 'Dead' in a slot title usually means an Egyptian theme and expanding scatters bonus in the Book of Ra slot style. That is exactly what we seem to have here, a dark chamber behind the reels, Egyptian music to play to and the usual old symbols on the stone hieroglyphic reels. Games like Play'n Go's Book of Dead slot have 10-lines, Big Time Gaming tried the mechanic over 243-ways with Book of Gods slot so initially seeing 6 reels here might surprise some people! Can we avoid death for our bankroll here or will it be sealed in this crypt for all eternity?
On the reels...
You have 6 reels of 4 rows each with symbols appearing stacked and singly on Crypt of the Dead slot. This means we get 4096-ways to win here which suggests in itself some considerable potential both in the base game and especially the bonus. Your 6-of-a-kind pays are 10x bet for the Game Logo Scatters and the Explorer, 3x Gold Mask, 1.5x Horus or Osiris with six card values paying 1x for the higher three and 0.6x for the lower. I think you know where we go from here.
Yes, we need 3 or more Wild/Logo scatters to earn 10 free games. If you trigger with 4 Wild you get 15 spins, 5 awards 25 and all 6 will be a handsome 50 free games. You know what happens next - we get a randomly selected symbol (not the Wild/Scatter) which will expand to fill the reels whenever it appears enough times to grant a win i.e. twice or more for the Explorer and three or more for the rest of the symbols. This means if you landed it on any 5 reels you would have 1024x 5-of-a-kinds and all 6 reels you would get 4096x 6OAK wins. So a full screen of Explorers would pay 40,960x stake and the overall bonus is limited to 50,000x bet. You can retrigger in the same quantities as stated above.
Crypt of the Dead slot has a 95.46% RTP and I think it's a pretty good game overall. The visuals and sounds are pretty comfortable for long periods of play and there is a surprising amount of decent wins to be had in the base game due to the stacked symbols and multiway format. The bonus isn't too hard to land but it's nearly always 10 spins only and retriggers aren't as common as you may be used to on Book of Ra Deluxe for example. You will also find that getting anything over 3-symbol wins in the free games is hard to do which you could fairly expect from a 4096-way version like this. Nevertheless, it's always an exciting bonus with much anticipation and of course the huge potential in the spirits of the Pharaohs are smiling upon you. If you like this kind of slot mechanic then I shall say with absolute confidence that a visit to this crypt is a must...