Rich Wilde and the Amulet of Dead
Rich Wilde and the Amulet of Dead is a 5-reel, 10 payline slot developed by Play'n GO that brings all eyes firmly back on the famed adventurer, who has recently taken a bit of a back seat in place of his daughter Cat Wilde, who has been stealing the spotlight when it comes to the Rich Wilde series in the last year or so.
This slot sees our daring hero return to the Pyramids and tombs of ancient Egypt in search of the Amulet of the Dead, once spinning the reels players can benefit from an all-new Thoth Multiplier which can see players activate a 2x, 3x or 5x multiplier! If this wasn't enough for you players can also trigger an unlimited number of free spins with special expanding symbols.
Truthfully, our first thought when opening this slot to play for the very first time was 'is this actually new?'... Rich Wilde and the Amulet of Dead looks and sounds very similar to that classic Egyptian-themed slot we all know and love, Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead. That being said, everything is certainly a lot more polished and there are a couple of new features that stand out, so we're not going to go out and say this is a complete clone.
We can't take anything away from the overall look and feel of the slot though, it's bright, vibrant and genuinely looks the part! Low paying symbols are your standard royals 10, J, Q, K and A whilst your high paying symbols are a bird, Anubis, Tutankhamun, Rich Wilde and Thoth (which substitutes for all symbols except a scatter). The Eye of Horus acts as the game's scatter symbol, triggering free spins.
In terms of the game's soundtrack, you've got your standard slightly menacing Egyptian-themed music that barely differs from older instalments in the Rich Wilde series (and in other Egyptian themed slots), again whilst it's more of what we've seen before, it's still pretty impressive on the whole.
This 2021 Rich Wilde slot plays exactly as you'd expect a standard 5-reel, 10 payline to, the only thing that players really need to keep an eye out for here is the Thoth symbol, this symbol takes up an entire reel and will usually form winning paylines, due to the fact that the entire reel acts as a wild for all three symbol positions. Depending on how many Thoth symbols land players will also trigger one of three multipliers.
In terms of navigating this title, nothing has changed from previous slots in the Rich Wilde series. Play'n GO have opted to retain the classic staking set-up of allowing players to change their coin value, coins and bet lines individually, which can lead to some confusion to those who aren't familiar with this way of staking... However, it does mean that players can place bets as low as 0.01, making this a penny slot!
On the left-hand side of the action bar along the bottom is an info button that brings up the game's paytable and bonus feature details. On the right-hand side of the action bar is a spin button and an autospin button that allows players to make up to 100 free spins.
Rich Wilde and the Amulet of Dead has a medium volatility, and is actually a little bit more forgiving than most slots in this series, which is refreshing. It boasts a decent RTP of 96.29% and a maximum total potential of 2,500x the player's initial stake, which isn't nessercerily the largest number, but it's enough to interest us!
On one hand we're impressed with this slot, it has some good bonus features and is very nice to look at! It ticks all the boxes for us... On the other hand, we've played Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead (and all the other Egyptian-themed slots) and we know there's absolutely nothing original about this game, which leaves a bit of a sour taste in our mouth.