Book of Duat: Slot Overview
Quickspin's heroine Anna the Explorer is swinging onto screens in another one of her adventures, titled Book of Duat. As you have no doubt deduced in about point three nanoseconds, this is Anna's first 'book of' style slot, featuring expanding symbol free spins and plenty Egyptian imagery. Despite how pedestrian that might sound, Book of Duat is no regular 'book' slot. Quickspin has added a pick-and-click element to the bonus round, offering extra spins, extra expanding symbols, and multipliers.
While the bonus has changed, the base game is about as recognisable as it gets. Rocky cliffs and hieroglyphs make up the background as a wandering Egyptian soundtrack weaves in between the exotic action. The setting looks a little like the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, and when free spins trigger, players zoom inside where the bonus takes place. Book of Duat has a very traditional look and feel; one exception being the steely-eyed Anna symbol, possessing the sort of cheekbones you could cut papyrus on.
Book of Duat is played on a game panel laid out using 5 reels, 3 rows, and 10 fixed paylines. Anna might have bitten off more than she can chew at times because Book of Duat is a highly volatile machine, warranting a full 5 out of 5 rating by its maker. Hit frequency might be good to know, too, as there seemed to be a lot of dead spins during testing although, sadly, it's not provided by Quickspin. Interestingly, 56.69% of the RTP is allocated to the base game, which was surprising given the low level of activity we witnessed there. Overall RTP is 96.27%, though there are 94% and 90% versions as well, so be on the lookout for those. All devices are suitable, while bets range from 20 p/c to £/€100 per game round.
As to symbols, most of them make full use of the Ancient Egyptian theme. Low pays consist of J-A royals with those little slot decorations on them, while the medium pays are Sobek, Anubis, and a gold Pharoah worth up to 75-200x the bet. The sole high pay on the table is Anna, worth 500x the bet for five of a kind.
Book of Duat: Slot Features
Free spins with expanding symbols is the main event, but before it begins, users are treated to a pick and click round first to determine how the bonus round plays out. The book symbol is wild and scatter, so it replaces any other symbols to help complete winning lines. As scatter, landing 3, 4, or 5 books triggers the bonus round, awarding 3, 6, or 12 picks, respectively.
Before the free spins round starts, a 5x4 grid made up of 20 tiles appears on the screen. Players click each position one by one until their allocated number of picks runs out. Each tile may reveal +2 to +10 free spins, +1 to +4 expanding symbols, or +x1 to +x5 multipliers.
At the base level, players receive 4 free spins with one expanding symbol – plus whatever is won from the pick and click. During free spins, after any normal wins have been paid, expanding symbols expand to cover the entire reel for another evaluation. These symbols pay all lines in any position. If more than one expanding symbol is present, they take turns to be evaluated. If 3, 4, or 5 scatters land during free spins, +2 additional spins are awarded as well as 1, 2, or 4 extra picks, respectively.
If applicable, Book of Duat comes with a three-level bonus buy option. Players can choose to pay 150x (96.5% RTP), 500x (96.71% RTP), or 1,600x (96.91% RTP) the bet to guarantee at least 3, 4, or 5 scatters to trigger free spins.
Book of Duat: Slot Verdict
This is good old, hearty, corn fed 'book of' gaming. If we are taking winning potential as a cue, then yeah, it's a direct competitor to Nolimit City's Book of Shadows. However, gaming-wise, Book of Duat is the more traditional slot. Most of the time, it feels like you're playing a regular Ra game in regards to reel format, looks, sounds, feels, everything. Whereas Book of Shadows offered things like multiple row options to add complexity and let players customise the experience, Book of Duat doesn't bother with any of that. Anna keeps things simple. Hammer the play button until free spins trigger, then the new bits take over.
Adding a pick-and-click to a 'book of' game is one of those clever ideas which feels obvious, after the fact. Here's where things deviate from the usual run of play. Like Golden Fish Tank 2 Gigablox, a lot of the picks tended to be extra free spins, though given you start with just 4, this might be no bad thing. Extra expanding symbols is always a welcome bonus, but it's the multipliers that make Book of Duat a top tier 'book' slot where winning potential and thrills are concerned. Full screens of Anna's are worth 5,000x the bet on their own, yet with a multiplier on board, this figure could rapidly moon.
Buying the feature will no doubt be an enticing option for many since the base game can meander, and the number of picks you get at the upper levels is impressive. Then again, so is the price tag, putting Book of Duat on a comparable level to Tiger's Glory Ultra. For the record, the best returns during testing actually came from the cheapest bonus buy option. This is because it can land more than the three scatters you pay for, which is a good start. Also, because retriggers at all levels seemed to be quite common, giving you both additional spins and extra picks.
While larger cash totals came from the 5 wild option, better multiples of the bonus buy cost came from the 3 wild choice. Of course, everyone's luck is different, so this is just something to consider. For example, the first five wild bonus buy resulted in an initial 24 spins, an x4 multiplier and five expanding symbols from the pick 'n click. This sounds like a recipe for success, and in some ways it was, ending up on around 1,660x the bet. However, since it cost 1,600x, the profit wasn't immense. Possibilities are there, though. During simulated spins, Quickspin clocked wins as high as 32,760x the bet. If you weren't sure, yes, this is slightly higher than Book of Shadows. The difference, for now, is Book of Shadows is proven to perform out in the wild. It remains to be seen if Book of Duat can live up to its full potential.
In Book of Duat, Quickspin has crafted a genuine must-see for 'book' enthusiasts. It looks ideal for players who prefer a familiar Ra experience, though one with a highly modded bonus round, that can lead to wins far in excess of those usually possible in these sorts of games.
In Book of Duat, Quickspin has crafted a genuine must-see for ‘book’ enthusiasts.