Book of Pharaon Review
Mechanics: 3-reels • 5-lines • 10-Game
Features: expanding symbols
Return to Player (RTP): 95.6%
*can vary between casino sites
Rating: 7.8/10 Stars
Playability: Liked it but didn’t love it
Comment: The JP version of this game comes with a built-in Jackpot.
The ancient mysteries and majesties of Egypt await in the latest Book of… the Book of Pharaon by the very talented World Match gaming. Explore the pyramid to find the secret treasure of the Pharaoh!
Alas no “infinite glory” in this eternal world.
An entertaining game with a morbid sort of soundtrack which is oddly pleasing, but this is a simple game that doesn’t overdo it on the graphics or win sounds. The wilds (which act as a Joker) in this game are great and plentiful too. Take those wilds out of this game and it is a very dull game indeed. Seriously, no wilds no play!
It is also worth mentioning that not all wins* were actual wins! My game was made up of loads of smaller wins that didn’t cover the stake and a few games that rocked. Seriously, there were a few pots that totally shocked on the stake that I was playing. I started my account with €100 and played the lower-end stakes, and within 9mins, I had more than trebled my pot with 3 massive wins and a bag full of minor wins. Eventually the minor “not” wins took over and the pot drained just as quickly. Not once did I even get a sniff at the free spins bonus.
That said, this was entertaining, and if my luck had been better, I’d have stayed longer. But it wasn’t so I didn’t. There is a Jackpot version of this game called Book of Pharaon JP, which has an added Jackpot set by the Casino. It’s exactly the same game, just with added Jackpot. Which, I didn’t win.
The safer gambling element to this game is limited to all the usual autoplay mode options. Basically, what you get here is a good old-fashioned dose of self-restraint, or in other words, this is just a spin and win the game with a basic autoplay mode.
WorldMatch might not be the household name that they deserve to be, but they are seriously big in the online Casino slots world. Their introduction to the Book of… games has been impressive, with the fabulous Book of Shadows and the even better Book of Pharaon JP version.
The Book of Pharaon is built around the classic scatter symbols that you’d normally get with any Book of… slot. Bag a minimum of three scatter symbols to trigger your 10 Free spins Bonus round. In the Bonus round, the Book scatter symbols act as multipliers for your bonus symbols.
The jackpots and wins in this game were good, but the pause between wins was long, so I struggled to break even. Obviously, luck played its part in this game, but it felt great and I will be back.
There is no gamble feature on this game, just the usual autoplay mode, which isn’t all that bad.
*Definition of a win.
A win isn’t always as cut and dry as you’d think when it comes to gambling. Often casinos will display losses as wins. This is not to confuse or con you into depositing more, it’s down to the way that the online slot defines a win.
In simple terms, it does not calculate your initial stake in the way that the bookies do, the slots system only considers the outcome. Your stake is seen as your cost of play. For example, in the betting world, if you play a 10p game and you win 20p, then you have won 10p plus your stake back. In the online casino, the stake is taken out of the equation. This is simply written as a 20p win.
Unfortunately, the same works if you play a 10p game and win 5p. The reality of this is that you have lost 5p from your initial stake. However, the slot game will still display this as a 5p win. It sounds like a trivial thing, as most people will know that this isn’t really a win, but it leads to a false interpretation of what defines a win. It’s this misleading information that can lead to compulsive play.
There are no gambling regulations to curb the way that winnings are displayed, so make sure that you do a stake/win/loss calculation at regular intervals during your play.
Responsible Play – Adults Only Game
All WorldMatch Slot and Casino games are age-restricted to players that are older than 18+. Age verification is required regardless of where you play. This is an 18+ game that involves gambling.
18+ only. Welcome Bonuses refer to New players only. Wagering requirements always apply unless specified. Bonuses, RTP %, Providers, Casinos, Games and Wagering requirements may change depending on where you play. Free games and promotions are for funded players unless specified. Withdrawing funds requires proof of an ID. Always read full T&C’s before playing.
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