Book of Atem is one of the many Book of Ra inspired slot machines that have flooded the market by now, and it’s not going to offer you much that is original. It’s a Microgaming exclusive slot, that is coming via All41Studios, which is a partner of theirs.
They went with the typical Book-style layout, using 5 reels and adding 10 active lines for its game area. The slot will have an excellent top prize to pay, 5000x total stake turning your wager into up to $125,000 cash. Add the 96.45% RTP, along with the features which include wilds/scatters, free spins and special expanding symbols, and the end result is a game that’s looking pretty good on paper.
Book of Atem Betting and Prizes
You’re allowed to wager on 10 lines, there is no changing that part. You just modify the total amount and the coin value is changed at the same time. You spend as little as $0.10, if you want to just test the waters, but there is also the possibility of wagering up to $25 on a single spin. That’s a wager of up to $2.50, that you can use per line.
As for the prizes involved, the Book-style games always tend to do well here. Book of Atem does no different, and in fact it will pay up to 500x total stake for a single line, as long as it’s filled with top paying symbols (Pharaohs). Get that one to be your bonus symbol in free spins mode, for an easier way of filling the reels and getting the 5,000x total stake payout that is possible there. That’s a jackpot of up to $125,000, which could be yours.
As you’d expect in a game with big prizes, the volatility is on the high side also. You get a 96.45% RTP though, so count on the slot paying fairly well in the long run.
Don’t count on the game giving you anything special here. The Book of Ra clones all share the same mechanics, and the innovation is lacking for the most part.
It all starts with a Book symbol, in this case inspired by Ancient Egypt, same as the original. This is the symbol that acts as a wild usually, but which counts as a scatter as well, should it land on the reels three or more times. There are certain prizes which it pays, along with a feature with 10 free spins.
During the free spins mode, the game selects a random symbol and turns it into a special icon, which has the ability to expand. These symbols expand on all reels where they appear, and this can bring you a lot of wins, even a screen full of matching symbols being a possibility.
Theme & Design
The theme is the original one, inspired by Ancient Egypt. I did appreciate the fact that the design quality is better, modern even, so the symbols you find on the reels are pleasant enough to look at. Symbols give you icons of Royals in low value spots, while better ones offer Pharaohs, Falcons, Cobras and Lotus Flowers. The Book is a feature symbol, the only one.
If you’re a fan of the Book category, then this is everything you want, and you have no reason to skip it, provided that you’re OK with the lack of originality. It has the same Ancient Egypt theme, features and payouts, but with modern graphics, so there is at least one area where the new game does better than the original.