The slot’s ancient Egyptian theme is brought to life on the screen through some stunning graphics. The reels are set at the entrance to an ancient tomb complete with stone pillars that are decorated with hieroglyphics. An exciting soundtrack that ramps up the tension accompanies the gameplay while enjoyable sound effects and animations accentuate the spinning of the reels and winning combinations.
The theme extends to the slot’s four high value symbols, which include Rich Wilde himself, as well as three depictions of Egyptian gods, one that is a gold statue, one that is a dog statue, and one that is a bird. The lower value symbols are the royals 10, J, Q, K and A adorned with thematic decorations, while the Book of Dead itself is both the wild and scatter symbol
The slot has one main bonus feature, which is a free spins round. The free spins are triggered by landing three or more of the Book of Dead scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. Players are awarded ten free spins. However, before they begin, a symbol is chosen at random to become a special expanding symbol. When it lands on the reels, it will expand to fill the entire reel if it will help to form a win. Better yet, the expanding symbol does not have to land on consecutive reels to award a payout, as long as there are enough of them on a payline, a win is awarded. Best of all, the free spins can be retriggered indefinitely.
The game also offers a gamble feature that gives players the chance to increase their payouts. After any winning spin, players have the chance to double or quadruple the win. The win can be doubled by guessing if the next card drawn from a pack is red or black, or quadrupled by guessing the correct suit of the next card. It is possible to gamble winnings up to five times in a row or until the win reaches 2500 coins. However, just one incorrect guess results in all winnings being lost.
Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead is a high volatility slot and it has an RTP of 96.21%, which is higher than many games. In general, high volatility slots payout less regularly than low volatility games, but the payouts tend to be larger. In other words, players should assume that they will have to play a large number of spins.
The game has a top standard payout of 5000x that is won by landing five of the Rich Wilde symbols along a payline. The gold statue god can payout up to 2000x, and the other two gods can both payout up to 750x. A and K can both payout up to 150x, while the remaining royal symbols can payout up to 100x. The scatter/wild symbol also offers huge payouts of up to 200 times the total bet per spin when five of them land anywhere on the reels.
How to Play
It takes no time at all to get to grips with the game. There are just three things to do before spinning the reels. The first is to set how many paylines are active, from one to ten. Then players should set their coin size, which ranges from 0.01 up to 2. Finally, players should set how many coins they wish to bet per payline, from 1 to 5. After players are happy with the bet, they just need to click on ‘Spin’ to set the reels going. It is also possible to use a ‘Bet Max’ button to place the biggest possible bet quickly, and to use auto play to set up to 100 spins in motion complete with stop conditions.