Books and Temples
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Released on 19th December 2019, Books & Temples is German provider Gamomat’s very own ‘Book of Ra’ clone. Theme-wise, Books and Temples clones Play’n GO’s uber-successful ‘Book’ clone, Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead, combining Ancient Egypt with an Indiana Jones type hero.
As highly volatile as you’d expect from the no-nonsense, no-frills Gamomat, this 5x3 slot uses 10 paylines and comes with an RTP of 96.1%
Big wins come from 2 scatter triggered free spins rounds. There is the regular ‘expanding symbol’ bonus round you’d expect from a Book clone, and also a symbol upgrade free spins round.
With adjustable win lines, you can play Books and Temples from as little as €0.05 up to €100 per spin. The maximum win per spin is 2000x the bet size.
Community Big Wins
- Horus Wild
- Book Free Spins
- Temple Upgraded Free Spins
Horus acts as an expanding wild which substitutes for all symbols except scatters and bonus symbols in the free spins feature. Wherever Horus lands on the reels they always expand to cover the entire reel, making wins more likely.
Expanding Symbol Free Spins
Expanding Symbol free spins are the standard Book clone free spins feature we’re used to. 3 or more Book scatters activates 10 free spins. Before the round begins the Book flicks through its pages to reveal one random regular symbol which will expand to cover whichever reel it lands on. Expanded symbol wins do not need to follow the regular pattern of starting at the leftmost reel and on consecutive reels. For example, three expanding symbols landing anywhere on the board act as three consecutive full reels and pay accordingly. 3 scatters landed during free spins retriggers another 10 free spins.
Symbol Upgrade Free Spins
3 or more Temple scatters activates 12 symbols upgrade free spins. During these free spins, the reels turn red and above them, you’ll notice a meter showing the 6 premium symbols. Whenever Horus lands during this bonus round the lowest value of these symbols is upgraded to the next lowest premium symbol value. This isn’t a brand-new innovation and was in fact seen recently in another Ancient Egypt themed slot – Blueprint’s Eye of Horus Megaways. Landing Horus symbols also adds more free spins. Landing 1 adds 1 spin (as well as the upgrade), 2 adds 3 spins, and 3 adds 12 spins.
Design & Symbols
As with most Gamomat designs, Books & Temple looks a little dated in places, but it certainly isn’t terrible and some of the symbols are quite impressive. The intro screen shows the gleaming entrance to an Egyptian temple in the midst of a vast desert. However, the action takes place at the entrance to the pyramid temple looking out. The background image is static with sand dunes and the top of a palm tree visible from the entrance which is built from stone blocks inscribed with hieroglyphics. The gameboard is framed by the standard ancient Egyptian gold and blue striped beading. The reels are dark tan and covered in hieroglyphics. The soundtrack is recognisably Arabian, slow, and somewhat eerie.
Low value symbols are the standard royal playing card values J-A. The high value symbols are a Horus necklace, a Scarab ring, two Bastet statues, Anubis, the Sphinx, and the adventurer. The adventurer is the highest paying regular symbol, awarding 100X the bet size for 5 on a payline. The expanding wild is Horus which expands to full reel size wherever it lands on the board. The scatters are the Book (which is also a wild which substitutes for all symbols except scatters and bonus symbols in the free spins feature), and the Temple. The scatters are joint highest paying symbols, with 5 of a kind paying 200x the bet size.
Our Thoughts on Books and Temples
Books and Temples is a little more than the average Gamomat “does what it says on the tin” slot, with two decent bonus rounds making it a cut above their usual fayre. Admittedly there is nothing here we haven’t seen before, but it does stand apart from your average ‘Book’ clone by courtesy of the fact that there are 2 unique free spins rounds. There are enough small wins and the expanding Horus wild to keep it vaguely entertaining during the base game; but make no mistake, this game is all about the free spins rounds.
Books and Temples is not exactly a visual feast, but then neither or a large number of Book clones. All in all, I can recommend this slot for Book fans and high variance gamblers. Not a bad effort at all from the German provider.