Microgaming’s Book of Oz might place the action in the fantasy world of the Wizard of Oz and the Emerald City, but the type of gameplay you can expect from it is actually based on the Book of Ra slots and the way they work. It’s Microgaming’s way of making that type of gameplay a bit more interesting, with a good story.
With just 10 active lines over 5 reels, Book of Oz will have among its features the option to Respin reels at a cost, wilds/scatters and free spins with special symbols which expand. It’s promising to pay as much as 5,000x the stake under the right circumstances, and that could turn into a jackpot as high as $125,000.
Betting and Prizes
As the game has a relatively small number of lines which you can use, 10 and all of them fixed, the wagers will start from a very accessible minimum of $0.10, so that each line can get $0.01. The wager can increase up to $2.50 per line, or $25 for the total.
The highest rewards of Book of Oz have a better chance of triggering in that form once you reach the free spins. At that point, there are special expanding symbols, and if the right one is selected, you could be looking at a jackpot of 5,000x the stake. Given the available bets, there is the potential there to win up to $125,000 cash. Those are still regular symbols that are paying you, so they could do the same during the regular spins, it’s just much harder for them to fill up the screen if they’re not able to expand.
The Book style slot machine is a bit of a trend, which is based on another game that is immensely popular, called Book of Ra. The gameplay style of that slot has been copied by a lot of others, and here we get a version which is mostly the same, just with a fantasy theme.
There is only one feature symbol that’s going to get involved, the Book which you will use both as the wild and the scatter.
As the wild feature, it’s going to be enough to have a Book symbol land, and if it’s in the right spot you could be earning money from it. It can help form another win, same as in every other slot which uses this type of very popular feature.
That same symbol, with the Book, can also be your scatter. Having it appear 3+ times in just one spin will be enough to trigger free spins. The feature starts with a random symbol selection. The regular symbol picked here will gain the ability to expand on its reel, making it much more likely to have the reels filled with matching icons. If you’re lucky, it will be the top paying symbol that becomes special for the free games.
An added feature, which other slots with the Book style of gameplay don’t have, is the option to Respin reels, in exchange for a fee. You can try and change the outcome of a round this way, but you have to gamble for it.
Theme & Design
The Wizard of Oz theme should be interesting enough for many, better than the Ancient Egypt one in any case. It’s featuring decent looking graphics, showing us not only Oz and the book, but also hearts or keys. The lower symbols are still the usual Royals though.
I think that Book of Oz has potential to be plenty of fun for players, being an online slot which has features that have proven popular in the past.