Pragmatic Play, a producer of software, has been there for a while, but only recently have we seen them emerge from their slumber and embark on a new trail. Perhaps there was once a time when any game with 5 reels and 3 rows could be released by a provider and do well, but times have changed and competition is fierce. There has been a shift in market demand as a result of players’ increased education and awareness of the games they play. It took Pragmatic a while, but they finally figured out that the things that get people talking about their slots are the games’ volatility and monster potential.
The slot machine we’re going to look at today is a clone of the popular Book slot machine to insane levels of repetition. Almost every developer has their own take on the theme, while Play’n GO’s Book of Dead clone is the one that has achieved widespread popularity. Stakelogic, a subsidiary of Novomatic and the creators of the original Book of Ra, released a clone called Book of Adventure just the other day, and we reviewed it yesterday. Since the two versions operate and pay the same manner, players must chose between them based on aesthetic preferences, return to player percentage, hit frequency, and bonus frequency—statistics that are not always readily available.
This slot machine is themed on ancient Egypt and features 5 reels, 3 rows, and 10 fixed paylines. You may play it on any device you choose, and the betting range of €0.10 to €50 is the same as on most other Book slots. The RTP of 96.51% is more than that of 96.21% offered by Play’n GO’s Book of Dead and 95.10% by Novomatic’s original Book of Ra Deluxe.
While not very impressive, the soft colors and fluid animations are easy on the eyes. The reels are housed in a treasure chamber of a pyramid and are framed by two pillars covered with hieroglyphs and lit by fiery flames; the atmosphere is completed by a suitably ominous Egyptian score.
Classic Symbols from Ancient Egypt and Their Payouts
In Ancient Egypt Classic, the golden scarab acts as both a scatter and wild, so players won’t be chasing red books as in other Book slots. The standard playing card symbols (A through 10) serve as low-value icons, while the premium icons (The Eye of Horus, Ankh cross, and Anubis) take center stage.
However, Cleopatra stands above all other emblems. Perhaps as a tribute to the 1963 film, Elizabeth Taylor is shown here in a nearly similar style. You may win 500 times your bet if you get five Cleopatra symbols in the main game.
Slot Machines Inspired by Ancient Egypt
If you get three or more golden scarab symbols, you get 10 bonus spins. As is the case with the other Book slots, a special symbol is randomly picked as the expanding symbol before the start of the free spins feature. When this symbol appears on the reels, it will grow to fill the entire reel, increasing the player’s chances of forming a winning combination.
To trigger the bonus, you need 3 low-value symbols and 2 premiums, and if you get 5 Cleopatra symbols, you’ll earn 5,000 times your wager.
Classical Ending in Ancient Egypt
Since Pragmatic Play slots are notoriously difficult to hit the bonus rounds on, we’re hesitant to call it our go-to Book slot machine. However, the slightly higher RTP of Ancient Egypt Classic compared to the others is a definite plus. As the games are more or less equal in terms of gameplay, paytable and pay lines, it all boils down to personal choice. Which do you find to have the most fluid gameplay, which slot machine do you find to be the most reliable, etc.?
By duplicating one of the most popular slot machines of all time, Pragmatic has managed to make a serviceable knockoff. Will it oust Book of Dead (Play’n GO) from the throne as the Clone of All Clones? To say the least. Although we don’t think it’s necessarily inferior, we don’t see any compelling reasons for players who are already familiar with Book of Dead to switch to another preferred clone. But who knows, maybe we’ll uncover new evidence to change our rating in the future.