BOOK OF ADVENTURE - Anything but an original journey
Book of Ra clone by Novomatic sister company
It's a book slot, what else do you need to know?
Book of Adventure Introduction
We haven't covered Stakelogic very much here. In fact, we've never reviewed any of their slots in the past. Still in its infancy, many of you may even be unfamiliar with this Dutch-based company that's only been a force in this industry since late 2015. The interesting thing is that it's a sister company of Greentube who in turn is a parent company of Novomatic.
Novomatic being so strongly associated with its classic line of land-based casino slots, Stakelogic came to life as a fresh name under which programmers, mathemagicians and slot producers could come together to create html5 games with a life and identity of its own, although Stakelogic slots share many similar traits with Novomatic.
The slot we're going to look at in this review is a 'Book' clone of a clone. For whatever reason, Stakelogic decided to duplicate Play'n GO's Book of Dead instead of the original version created by its parent company. It's not entirely unlikely that it was done as a gibe towards Play'n GO for having ripped off their flagship game in such a barefaced manner.
Being such a popular slot, most of you are likely already familiar with Book of Dead, and we can tell you guys straight away that this is an exact clone, down to the last decimal of the RTP. This doesn't mean that the actual gameplay will be identical as hit frequency, bonus frequency and distribution of the RTP can be miles apart. Either way, Book of Adventure is a 5-reel, 5-row slot with 10 pay lines. It's playable on all devices and accepts bets between €0.10 and €50 per spin, making it suitable for low-rollers and high-rollers alike. The 96.21% RTP means there's more value in the clones compared to the original Book of Ra with its 95.10% RTP - in theory at least.
If you've played Book of Dead, you will feel right at home as the symbols are nearly identical although the choir sound of the books landing on the reels is taken straight from Novomatic's Book of Ra. All in all, it's what one would expect from a slot with an ancient Egyptian theme; there's the golden colour scheme, reels flanked by a pair of hieroglyph pillars set against a pyramid backdrop and with a daunting Arabian-style sound loop playing in the background.
Book of Adventure Paytable
There are no surprises involved when it comes to the symbols. On the reels, you will see the standard royal values as well as the trio of ancient Egyptian characters - Horus, Anubis and pharaoh Tutankhamun. The most lucrative, however, is the India Jones inspired adventurer who will give you 500 times the stake should you land 5 across a full pay line in the main game.
Book of Adventure Free Spins
The book symbol works as a wild and scatter combined. Land 3 of them and you'll be granted access to the free spins feature with 10 spins from the start. Before the feature begins, one symbol will be randomly chosen as the special expanding symbol.
Now, every time your designated symbol lands on the reels it will expand to cover the full reel thus increasing the winning pay lines. For low-value symbols to expand at least 3 of them must be present on the reels while for premiums, only 2 are required. Just like the other book slots, retriggers are relatively frequent something that can occur 2, 3, 4 or even 5 times during the free spins feature.
The max win is achieved by landing 5 adventurers in the bonus which will result in a 5000 times the stake win. The adventurer is also the most volatile of the symbols which means that most of the time the payouts will be low, but with the potential of monstrous wins.
Book of Adventure Conclusion
Being identical to Book of Dead visually, mechanically and in terms of RTP, it all comes down to playability. It's hard to say anything about the hit frequency and balancing when comparing the two games side by side without actually having a fact sheet available or having carried out thousands of spins, so you will ultimately have to make up your own mind.
Having played Book of Adventure for a while our feeling is that it's slightly more volatile compared to Book of Dead, something that is based on a limited number of sessions, however, so don't take our word for it. Furthermore, there's something about the playability in Book of Adventure that comes off as a bit choppy and stale compared to its adversary.
Although we're always happy to see new classic Book slots, we can't see it winning over players from Book of Dead which by now is so established that it could be crowned the original clone.
Game title: Book of Adventure
Game description: 5 reels | 5 rows | 10 paylines | RTP 96.21% | Max Win Potential: 5000x per single spin in the bonus | Variance: H | Bets: €0.10 - €50 | Features: Free Spins with expanding symbols | Release date: Out now!
Bigwinboard Rating - 68%