Free Book of Relics slot
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Book of Relics slot by WMS, from in-house studio Red7 is a perfect example of a developer floundering and in desperation copying an old established game mechanic where everything else seems to have failed. I won't have to tell you exactly what mechanic as the first word of the title contains a huge clue here! The theme is Egypt (yeah, they stuck with safety there) and guess what? The hieroglyphic reels lie over a stone chamber inside a pyramid and we hear Egyptian music in the background and drums when the reels stop. I'm so overwhelmed by all this originality I can hardly remember games to compare it to such as Novo's Book of Ra Deluxe, Play'n Go's Book of Dead and even Microgaming got in on the act eventually with Book of Oz. Given there's enough 'Book' slots to fill a library now, will there be a chapter within this one that can provide a happy ending for our bankroll?
Single symbols, 10 paying lines, 5 reels of 3 rows each as Book of Relics slot retains the classic formula and the pays may be familiar too here. The 5-of-a-kinds are 500x for the Scatter Book/Wild, 500x Pharaoh's Mask, 200x Cleopatra, 75x Dagger or Anubis with five card values paying either 15x or 10 for a full line. And that's it, nothing else until we get to the feature.
So 3 or more Book Wilds in view triggers 10 free games. There is a slight difference to the old tradition here as you would get 15 spins for 4 Books and 20 for 5 and can retrigger them in the same quantities. The Book selects one of the standard 9 symbols described above and it becomes an expanding scatter during the free games, thus effectively multiplying base game pays 10x due to the amount of lines. Retriggers also retain the same chosen symbol.
Book of Relics slot simply adds to the multitude of games based on the old and classic Novomatic formula. The RTP doesn't compare well to most of the versions except the old Novo Book of Ra Deluxe as it too is just over 95%, or 95.25% to be exact. Your only gimmick is some fixed jackpots added to your game which are guaranteed to drop by a certain amount of game turnover, if actioned by your particular casino. The theme is OK and so are the graphics and sounds but I cannot think of a reason to play it when there are so many better versions or those with a RTP over 96%. I won't be turning another page in this book...