The Book Of Ra slot from Novomatic (often seen on slot machines badged as Gaminator, Super Gaminator, Novostar, Novoline or Admiral), is a popular land-based casino slot machine that I’ve played it as far and wide as London, Barcelona, Budapest and Prague on my travels (in Budapest, it was called the “Book Of Liberia” for some reason). To be totally accurate, there are now 3 Book Of Ra slots that you can play online: the Classic version which has 9 paylines, the modernised Deluxe version (sometimes referred to as “Book Of Ra 2“) which has 10 paylines and refreshed graphics more in keeping with the 21st century plus the Book Of Ra Deluxe 6 Reel version, a more volatile version of the game.
What makes the Book Of Ra slot a bit of a cult game is the free spin bonus which has a unique twist. When you get 3 or more Wild symbols anywhere in view, they trigger 10 free spins and one of the symbols becomes what Novomatic dub an “expanding scatter”. What this means is that whenever the selected symbol appears on a reel, the whole reel becomes that symbol and they add wins like scatter symbols. They don’t even need to be on adjacent reels – anywhere in view will do. To get an idea, check out the video I have made below where the “Q” symbol was selected to be the expanding symbol.
The real big wins arrive when you get the free spins and the symbol selected to expand is either the “Indiana Jones” tomb explorer symbol or the Pharaoh. The best win I had on the game was at London’s Empire Casino (in the newly revamped Leicester Square) when I got theIndiana Jones explorer character expanding in the free spins. The free spins retrigerred twice more for 30 free spins in total and on one of those spins, I got 4 more expanding Indianas in view for a win of £1,500, all from a £1.50 bet!
Novomatic, through their Greentube online development subsiduary, how have a quite a large range of their Gaminator slots available to play online. You’ll also find that most of the Novomatic slots have their RTP setting published in the paytable at some (but not all!) of the online casinos aswell. The RTP (thetheoretical long-term payout percentage) for the online version of both Book Of Ra slots is currently (as of April 2015) set to 94.26% but this may be subject to change without notice.
Book Of Ra Deluxe (Bonus Feature Demo)
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All of the casinos listed above have the Book Of Ra Deluxe while Energy Casino also has the Book Of Ra Classic version if you like a bit of old school. In addition, you will find the Lucky Lady’s Charm and Dolphin’s Pearl slots at all of them.
Those are the premium slots – there are also a few lesser-known Novomatic slots at these casinos including one of my favourites, the Katana slot which has expanding wilds on all reels in the free spins. It can be beast but I love it! Check out the winning screenshots page for one reason why!
There are two Novomatic slots on the old Gaminator machines that aren’t available online and those are Rich Witch and Gryphon’s Gold although the latter is just a clone of Lucky Lady’s Charm anyway to be fair. Newer Admiral slots like God Of Thunder are also still waiting to see the light of day online but the Stars series – Spinning Stars, Power Stars and games like Sizzling Hot Deluxe are now available and those casinos listed above will have most of them