Book of Ra Deluxe 10
I’m guessing what you’re all thinking now is “Another Book of Ra slot, that’s exactly what we need!”. Am I right? Ok, perhaps not. After all, Book of Ra is, by far, the most cloned and copied game in the history of online slots with over 100 versions of pretty much the same slot originally released by Novomatic subsidiary, Greentube way back in 2005. But hell, what’s the harm in one more? Enter Book of Ra Deluxe 10, released by Greentube themselves on 18th November 2019.
Of course, if any studio deserves to get paid off the back of Book of Ra it is Greentube, and with 10 Book of Ra slots now in their portfolio, they’ve certainly given it a good go. The real question though is; is Book of Ra Deluxe 10 one Ra too many? Well, maybe not…
Now, I’m not going to come here and tell you all that this slot is going to become as beloved as its famous ancestor, that would be extraordinarily wishful thinking. I am, however, going to say that at the very least, Deluxe 10 finally takes the format in a different direction and could possibly open up the joys of Ra to a different audience. Whether it does this as the expense of the existing fanbase is probably a question worth exploring as well.
The first, quite significant, difference is the reel mechanic. Not only is there a 5x4 reel set with 25 paylines rather than the standard 5x3 set but standing proud and tall next to it is a second set of reels 5 symbols across and 12 symbols down adding a further 75 paylines. Yes, that is correct, a Ra slot with two reel sets and a combined 100 paylines.
The second, perhaps even more significant difference is that Deluxe 10 is at most low/medium variance. ‘Book’ slots tend to be highly volatile affairs (although some are medium). They also tend to offer a 5,000x max win (although some are 2,500x), whereas Deluxe 10’s max win is 1,200x.
There are still major similarities of course; the symbols and theme are still very much the same and the big wins will come from a free spins round with a special “expanding symbol”. However, there are additional features on offer here such as transferring wilds and stacked symbols on the larger reel set.
Book of Ra Deluxe 10 has an RTP of 95.02% and can be played from €0.10 to €100 a spin
Design & Symbols
Although there are two boards which of course makes this slot look considerably different to its predecessors, the design and symbols themselves are all very familiar. The reels (on both reel sets) are still separated by the same blue and red striped column dividers and the symbols are the same as previous incarnations. However, this time out there is a background scene of an Egyptian desert with pyramids, obelisks, palm trees, and a glorious red and orange sunset. It’s not the most visually stunning of scenes and there is no animation to speak of, but it is pleasant enough and a at least a step up from what we’re used to. The free spins round takes place inside the Pharaoh’s tomb, an imposing structure with tall stone columns either side of the game boards, and piles of gold coins littering the floor. Play is accompanied by a slightly sinister and suspenseful Arabian style soundtrack.
Low-value symbols are the standard 10-A royals. High-value symbols are the scarab beetle, Horus, the golden mummy, and the explorer. The explorer is the highest paying symbol worth 5x the bet size for 5 along a payline. Another difference between Deluxe 10 and standard Book slots is that the wild and scatter are different symbols. The wild is a coin and the scatter is the infamous Book of Ra. The wild can appear stacked and the scatter appears on reels 1, 3, and 5 on both sets of reels.
- Dual Reel Sets
- Stacked Symbols
- Free Spins with Wild Transferring & Special Expanding Symbol
- Gamble Feature
Dual Reel Sets
The two sets of reels operate largely independently of one another and work off entirely different win lines, 25 on the first set and 75 on the second. All symbol values are the same. However, scatter symbols are counted across both reel sets when it comes to triggering the bonus round
During both regular play and the Free Spins round, the two highest value symbols (the mummy and explorer symbols) are stacked on the second reel set.
A stack of wilds landing on the first reel set in both the base game and bonus game will transfer to the corresponding reel on the second reel set. For example, if stacked wilds landed on reels 1 and 3 on the first reel set, they would also transfer to reels 1 and 3 on the second reel set
Free Spins with Special Expanding Symbol
8, 12, or 20 free spins are awarded for landing 3, 4, or 5 scatter symbols across the two gameboards. Before the free spins start one of the regular symbols is chosen at random to become a “Special Expanding Symbol” which, if a win is possible, will expand to cover the entire reel. Furthermore, expanded reels do not need to be adjacent in order to form part of a win. For example, expanded symbols on reels 1, 3, and 4 would pay the same as if they were on reels 1, 2, and 3. Also, during free spins all expanded symbols transfer to the corresponding reels in the second reel set.
Any win in the base game can be gambled on a double or nothing basis by hitting the gamble button. The gamble is to guess which colour playing card is next off the deck appearing on screen, red or black.
Our Thoughts on Book of Ra Deluxe 10
This is a tough one to rate for sure. The low volatility definitely had me concerned. When you’re used to this type of slot paying out 500x for 5 of a kind, to see 5x as the top paying line value is more than a little disappointing. Even with between 5-10 times more paylines than your average book slot, this is still a low top paying symbol. I also have to say I found the two reel-set mechanics a bit of a chore to follow for a while, especially playing on a mobile device. With this and the low volatility in mind, as well as the relatively low (although by no means terrible) max payout of 1,200x the bet size, I find it hard to believe that Book fans who enjoyed the combination of simplicity and volatility of many of the games will be impressed by Deluxe 10.
However, it’s easy to forget that the majority of slots players are not high variance nuts. When you take that into consideration, perhaps this change of tac is a good thing. It might help introduce a new audience to the Ra franchise. Who knows? Furthermore, by adding base game features and the second reel-set, Greentube have at least changed things up a bit. If they are seeking more recreational or new players, then it certainly helps to have a few more features to keep them entertained.
Whether these changes will be embraced by the community at large only time will tell. For my part I will admit that after a while I began to enjoy the game. With the RTP spread a little more evenly between the base and bonus game, Deluxe 10 may not earn you a fortune, but the wins come regularly enough to keep the more casual punter a decent bang for his or her buck.