Book of Ra
Book of Ra Slot
In many ways, Book of Ra was the slot which put Novomatic on the map. This game became hugely successful in live casinos around the world, particularly the UK and Europe. It has since been upgraded with Book of Ra Deluxe, a separate game based on the original idea and gameplay. By today’s standards this is a simple enough game. It is a 5 reel video slot, with a wild symbol and free spins feature round – played over 9 pay-lines. The theme of Ancient Egypt has been used by most of the slots makers. IGTs ‘Cleopatra’ and Aristocrat’s ‘Queen of the Nile’ stand out as popular examples.
The graphics give away the fact that this is the ‘classic’ version of the game. They are clear and -colourful, though blocky and plan looking compared to what you will find online today. In addition to the Egyptian clichés, there is an ‘Indiana Jones’ type symbol in this game – and of course the book of Ra itself, which is both the wild symbol and the trigger for the bonus. If you know Novomatic slots you will recognize the distinctive bleepy noise while the reels spin. This can get irritating (for me at least) though you can switch it off. There are some noises more associated with the theme when you win, and the free spins round plays you a distinctively Egyptian tune throughout.
When this slot was new the idea of expanding wilds must have been a real draw. In today’s world of online slots, this is a simple enough feature round. You get assigned a random symbol at the start of 10 free spins, and if you get 2 or more on the screen, it will expand to fill up all 3 slots on the reel. There is nothing to stop you filling up all of the reels, and enjoying a huge pay-out by maximizing all 9 winning lines.