Book of Ra Deluxe Review
Book of Ra Deluxe is an old-but-gold Egyptian themed slot that was released way back in April 2008 by Novomatic subsidiary Greentube.
As is to be expected from a well-aged online slot released by a subsidiary of Novomatic, this game highly resembles a classic slot machine game that you would expect to find in any casino on the world-famous Las Vegas strip… And that’s not a bad thing!
Considering the age of this game, it actually looks pretty good, but it really does pale in comparison to a modern-day slot. Behind the reels sits a dimly lit wall covered in ancient hieroglyphics, further behind that is the Egyptian desert during sunset.
The low paying symbols are 10, J, Q, K, A and the high paying symbols are popular Egyptian themed items such as a scarab, golden statue, mummy’s tomb and a brave adventurer (whose design has been ripped off more times than we care to count!).
The best design element in this game for us has to be the Book of Ra Scatter symbols. The scatters are interactive and take the player on a journey deep into a hidden Egyptian temple in which the famous book is discovered. The book then opens and flips through several pages revealing the special expanding symbol in another animated short in a pop-out window.
If you like old-style slot games you’d find in a casino then you’ll love Book of Ra Deluxe, rather than have its own Egyptian themed soundtrack, Greentube has used the catchy jingles you’d hear coming from an old-style slot cabinet. So expect a huge wave of nostalgia when you spin the reels of this slot for the very first time.
This game is an updated version of the 2005 classic Book of Ra, the main addition is the extra payline which takes it from 9 paylines to a grand total of 10. Whilst in this day and age that might seem pretty pathetic, you have to remember that this game came out in 2008.
In terms of general gameplay, you can change the number of lines you’re playing on from anywhere between 1 and 10 and your total bet from anywhere between 0.10 and 50 (although this may change depending on the casino you’re playing at). Up to 100 autospins can also be set as long you set a loss (or win) limit before.
Despite having a lower than average RTP (95.10%) this game offers a very healthy 10,035x your initial stake if you manage to get lucky during the bonus rounds.
We’ll be honest, Book of Ra Deluxe is old, dated and doesn’t really hold up when compared to the brand new online slot games that have been released more recently… However, when this game was originally released it was groundbreaking, and it deserves recognition for that.
If you enjoy a blast from the past and like to replicate the feeling of playing a slot machine in a real Vegas casino then perhaps this game is for you. It might not be the flashiest, but it has great win potential and is certainly fun to play, especially during the free spins round!