EDITOR’S CHOICE (March 3, 2019): Rise of the Dead (Play’n GO)

Play’n GO has subsequently verified to us that Rise of Dead is not a sequel to Book of Dead but rather an exclusive release for the GVC/Party Casino brands, contradicting our previous reporting.

In Rise of Dead, an homage to Play’n GO’s 2016 breakout hit Book of Dead—itself a blatant rip-off of Novomatic’s flagship title Book of Ra—we return to the valley of the kings in pursuit of treasures. That’s the rub with this studio; the Swedes, like many other suppliers, are recognized for producing a lot of clones despite being known for numerous original and immensely fun high-quality slots.

To what end are we arguing? Let’s cover the fundamentals first, though; we’ll get to the more advanced stuff later. The slot machine Rise of Dead has 5 reels, 20 paylines, and 3 bonus rounds. To begin, there is the permanent Mega Stacks feature that occurs throughout each and every regular spin. Also in the main game is the Gift of Gods bonus, which locks in place three completely stacked reels while the other two reels re-spin. Last but not least, you may take advantage of the many benefits available during the Ancient Free Spins bonus round. Players may wager anywhere from 0.20 to 100 EUR every spin on Rise of the Dead, and the game has a preset RTP of 96.53%.

In terms of appearance, it’s a darker version of its sister. It’s gloomy and post-apocalyptic, with frigid, bluish-tinged primary colors. Additionally, hieroglyphs, such as the ancient Egyptian Ankh, are placed on either side of the information bar as a symbol of everlasting life. The reels have the standard A through 10 royal symbols and 3 premium walking dead pharaohs. The New Kingdom pharaoh and 18th dynasty leader Tutankhamun is worth the most (5 of him on a payline will double your wager by 25). Scarab beetles are the true wild animals. It may substitute for any other symbol except the scatter, as expected, and it pays out 125 times your bet for 5 of them on an active payline.

Features of Rise of the Dead (Play’n GO)

Of course, you’ll spend most of your time trying to unlock the extra, so it’s great that the base game comes packed with so many great features. Each main game spin in Rise of Dead triggers the advantageous Mega Stacks feature. Stacks of the same symbol, 12 high, are randomly distributed throughout the reels. As a result, your odds of forming winning combos using that symbol are greatly increased.

The Gift of Gods bonus mode can also appear at any time throughout the main game. If the feature is engaged, the first, third, and fifth reels are filled with the same symbol and held in place, while reels two through four continue to spin with the ordinary symbols and a maximum payout of 500x is possible.

For the massive payouts, however, the Ancient Free Spins are a need. Three scattered scrolls need to land on reels 1, 3, and 5 to unlock the tomb of the kings. You’ll begin the bonus with 10 free spins; an additional 2, 4, or 10 will be added if 1, 2, or 3 scatters appear anywhere on the reels throughout the bonus. There is no limit to how many times the bonus may be retriggered. The free-spins bonus is, essentially, Mega Stacks with some added perks. The wild symbol is placed on the reels with the ordinary icons. When a successful payline is hit, the premium pharaoh symbol that triggered the win will grow to span the whole reel. If you become lucky enough to get a complete screen of wilds during the bonus round, you can win up to 2500 times your wager.

Play’n GO’s Rise of the Dead: Final Say

Unfortunately, Rise of Dead is only a carbon copy of Gold King, another slot machine made by Play’n GO from the previous year. Play’n GO squanders a golden opportunity to cement its place in gaming history by building on the popularity of one of its most popular titles.

Not that Gold King is a terrible game per such, but more that it failed to live up to our lofty expectations after so many blatant nods to Book of Dead, a slot with which many gamblers identify on an emotional level. It’s impossible to look at the artwork and not think of it as a sequel, even if it isn’t technically one. After all, Play’n GO will always be known as the creator of Book of Dead.

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