Book of Ra, Book of Dead, Book of Gods… there are plenty of games online today that have a book as the major attraction. You might think there are lots more things you could choose as the main feature in a slot game - many more intriguing things too. But books have become a big deal, so we thought we'd find out why.
It's a simple yet powerful idea
The original slot game, Book of Ra, popped up in 2005… can you believe it was that long ago? It first appeared in bricks and mortar casinos but has since made it online to great acclaim. Novomatic created it, but other game studios have taken the basic idea and run with it to create other slots too.
The main point to think about with the book slots is that the wild and scatter are rolled into one symbol. That is, the book appears as a wild, replacing everything else you might find in the game. It also triggers free spins by acting as a scatter symbol.
The mysterious book appears in lots of themes
Some are way more popular than others, with ancient Egyptian slots ranking well on this topic. You'll also find other ideas based around adventures, such as the Rich Wilde series from Play'n Go.
You often get a manageable 10 paylines to bet on
The original had nine, but mostly these titles go for 10 lines. It's nice to see a manageable collection to work with, especially as many slots have dozens of lines that make them more expensive to play.
Nothing too complex involved
You may occasionally see slots that are clearly based on the Book of Ra original, but have different symbols used as the wild/scatter mix. For example, the Ancient Egypt slot from Pragmatic Play uses a scarab beetle symbol to play both roles. This adds a little variety, albeit using one of the most popular themes around.
Book-themed slots crop up a lot, often under the usual 'Book of' title. However, as we have seen with the Ancient Egypt example, this isn't always the case. So, look for anything that offers one symbol to cover the scatter and wild roles. If you like that idea, you'll look for that symbol above all others.