When it comes to Egyptian-themed slot games, there isn’t really that much the public hasn’t seen. It comes down to the designers to try and make the game interesting. With that in mind, Microgaming released Book of Atem, a 5 reel slot, with 3 rows and 10 ways for the player to land a winning combination. The theme might be common, but it is all in the way it’s carried out, and this one may be something different.
The theme of this slot is maybe even the most common one in the industry. Because of its rich culture, Ancient Egypt seems to appeal to a lot of people. It is hard for the creators to make something unique, but with a history that big, there always is a way to incorporate something new and different to the game.
Design-wise, this slot game definitely is one of the better ones out there. What we usually see in these games is a dark and scary temple with a mysterious vibe. The background here is light, with green trees and leafs framing the reels. There are also buildings and a temple with hieroglyphs all over it. The graphics are great, but the soundtrack is even better. It consists of up-beat traditional music that fits in with the cheerful theme.
As the name says it, the main character is Atem. He was the first god to exist and everything was made from him. Legend states, that at the end of the world he will return and flood everything. Sounds like a scary guy, which is why the cheerful scene is even better to see, along with the symbols of lotuses, snakes, falcons, and the regular royals. The highest paying one is the Pharaoh and the book is the game’s wild and scatter symbol.
Aside from an interesting backstory and design, the game has got some great payouts as well. The player can bet a minimum of 0,10 and a maximum of 25 coins per spin. With the help of a few features the player can win up to 5000x the stake in a single spin. Big rewards mean high volatility, which can be great for some players. The game also has a 96,45% RTP which isn’t a bad offer at all.
The features of the game are quite common, but thanks to the design they do have their own charm. The main symbol is the book which serves as the wild that substitutes other symbols. It also serves as the scatter and can activate free spins.
The Free Spins round is where all the magic happens and where the top wins are expected. It is activated when 3 or more scatter symbols appear on the reels. The player gets 10 free spins but before they are played out a symbol is randomly chosen. The chosen symbol expands over the reels when it lands, allowing the player to score big time. Another great thing is that the feature can be re-triggered the same way as in the first place, awarding 10 extra spins.
The game has shown itself as quite playable. The theme is repeated but the way it is presented is great. A god that mighty as the backstory and a background so beautiful balance each other out perfectly. The soundtrack is cheerful contributing to the scene and setting a happy mood. Most importantly, the payouts are great, especially in the free spins round. Overall, the game has lived up to expectations and is worth taking a look at.