Book of Ra Mystic Fortunes slot review
Book of Ra Mystic Fortunes slot is Novomatic's latest version of this increasingly long thread of Egyptian Explorer-themed volatile slots. Book of Ra was the original 9-liner and they added a tenth line for Book of Ra Deluxe. We then saw Book or Ra Deluxe 6 and Book of Ra Magic and in common with the rest there was just one alteration such as a sixth reel or more than one expanding symbol in the free spins when retriggered. We retain the trotting noises and sounds as the reels spin along with exactly the same symbols you're no doubt familiar with by now - so what bankroll-busting tweak have Novomatic applied this time around?
On The Reels...
There's no surprise on the basic format here with the usual 10 fixed paylines over 5 reels of 3 rows each. As I said, the symbols are the same but when I list the 5-of-a-kind pays here on Book of Ra Mystic Fortunes slot, some alarm bells may ring! The Explorer awards 200x bet, Scatter/Wild or Gold Mask 80x, Ra or Scarab 30x, A or K 6x with 10, J or Q at 4x for a full line of five. Now the Explorer has always paid 500x bet on the 5-reel versions previous to this release therefore this pay has been reduced by a massive 60% in line with all the others above. Why? you may ask.
These are the same as before, 3 or more Scatter/Wilds in the form of the Red Book will trigger 10 free games with a randomly selected expanding symbol. This pays scattered so during the free games all symbols effectively pay 10x the base game pays wherever they land on the screen, as long as there's 2 or more in the case of the picture icons and 3 or more in the case of the card values. Retriggers can occur and frequently do.
Now you know where the missing 60% of line pays have gone - you have network progressives of 4 jackpots of Mini, Minor, Major and Grand. Any single Book scatter landing in either the base game or free spins adds coins to one of the pots. Now this Book may also throw coins over the screen too on occasion to reveal a set of 12 boxes. Each jackpot has its own colour and whichever colour you first reveal 3 of, you win that progressive.
Book of Ra Mystic Fortunes makes a slot with an already low base-game return even worse by reducing the line pays. The jackpots game triggers aren't too rare but will nearly always reveal the lower two prizes which won't be enough to compensate for your losses via those reduced pays. Feature frequency is the same as you will have been used to on the normal version of the game but again those potential rewards have been severely hacked at. If you want to lose play time by putting your money into someone else's jackpot then fine, but this is one temple I will not be going to explore in future...