Legacy of Dead
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After a fistful of (fairly) original, innovative slots (Wild Frames, Ankh of Anubis, Divine Showdown), Play‘n GO have chosen to kick off 2020 with a firmly unoriginal release. Legacy of Dead, released on 2nd January, is yet another clone of Greentube’s classic Ancient Egypt themed Book of Ra. In fact, it is more of a clone of Play‘n GO’s highly successful Book clone, Book of Dead.
This highly volatile slot is played on a 5x3 reel set with 10 paylines and has an RTP of 96.58%. This is a game where it really is all about the free spins round. With expanding ‘special’ symbols and unlimited retriggers the big wins are destined to come via this scatter activated bonus round. It is possible to win up to 25,000x your stake during the bonus round.
You can play Legacy of Dead from January 2nd, 2019 and from €0.10 to €100 a spin
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Design & Symbols
We are very much in familiar territory here with the gameboard and symbols (bar the wild/scatter) identical to that used for Book of Dead. Also, as with Book of Dead, (and many other Book clones), the action takes place inside a Pharaoh’s tomb. However, the design is much fresher and more detailed than the 3-year-old PnG favourite. Then again, it is more or less identical to another recent PnG release, Rise of Dead! The vast tomb has hieroglyphics etched into the walls, illuminated by firepits on stone plinths. The background music is a haunting, percussion led affair; not quite as ‘Egyptian’ sounding as most in the genre, but certainly eerie and suspenseful.
Low value symbols are the standard royals 10-A. High value symbols are Horus, Pharaoh, Anubis, and King Tut. King Tut is the highest value regular symbol, paying 500x the bet size for a full payline. The symbol which acts as both the wild and the scatter is the Pharaoh’s golden altar. The altar is the joint highest paying symbol, also awarding 500x the bet size for a full payline.
Free Spins with Expanding Reels
The game’s only feature is a scatter triggered free spins round. Three or more scatters trigger 8 free spins. Prior to the free spins starting one of the game’s symbols is selected at random to be the round’s special symbol. The ‘special symbol’ is special in two ways; firstly, to make a winning combo special symbols need not be on adjacent reels. Secondly, if a winning combo is made from special symbols then they will expand to cover the entire reel. As an example, if the King is the special symbol at a King lands on reels 1, 3, and 5 then all 3 reels will fill with Kings and pay the same as Kings filling the first three reels.
The free spins round differs slightly from Book of Dead in that in the event of a retrigger, not only are 8 more free spins awarded but also another special symbol is selected. Furthermore, the previous special symbol remains ‘special’. Also, retriggers are unlimited, so it is theoretically possible to have 9 special symbols active at the same time. Although this feature doesn’t appear in Book of Dead, it isn’t uncommon among other ‘Book’ clones, so still no points for innovation!
Our Thoughts on Legacy of Dead
As an updated and mildly improved Book of Dead, you can’t really argue with Legacy of Dead’s potential. It certainly has significantly better HD graphics and (some might argue) a somewhat improved free spins round. However, Book of Dead is so established as THE Book clone of choice, that its difficult to see this slot taking over that mantle. Also, it’s a little disappointing that a studio with so much to offer has chosen this as their first release of the new year.