Many of Novomatic’s older slot games looked rather tired. Their recent releases have been much easier on the eye and Book of Ra: Temple of Gold is a case in point. On the reels you’ll see colourful, ornately designed A to 10 royal values as well as gold totems and icons. The top standard symbol is the female adventurer which pays 1, 10, 100 or 500 times your stake if you land 2, 3, 4 or 5 on the same payline.
The book is the game’s wild. This replaces all other symbols as well as offering payouts of up to 200 times your total stake in its own right. Land 3, 4 or 5 of the book on the same spin and you’ll trigger the Free Games feature. You’ll then receive 10 free spins.
Spicing up the action here are special expanding symbols. These are chosen at random and fill the whole reel whenever they hit. The number of special expanding symbols in play during the free spins depends on how many books triggered the free spins. Landing 3, 4 or 5 books results in 1, 2 or 3 expanding symbols. 3 or more scatters will give you 10 more free spins – with no limits.
Book of Ra: Temple of Gold is just what we’ve come to expect from a Novomatic slot game. The gameplay is straightforward, but the Free Games feature can really pack a punch, especially if you land a high value symbol as an expander – up to 5,000 times your stake per free spin.
It’s not the most innovative slot game you’ll play – it’s exactly like its predecessors but with a slightly different theme. If you’ve enjoyed the other titles in this hugely popular series, then expect more of this same in this simple but very playable new addition. If you want to find riches in the lost city of gold, Gonzo’s Quest by Net Entertainment should do the trick nicely.