Book of Relics: Overview
As you already know if you've browsed any casino looking for a good game to play, there are endless of Book-slots out there - all inspired by Novomatic's holy grail Book of Ra. While some try to add a bit of a twist to it, as Big Time Gaming did in Book of Gods, or Microgaming in Book of Oz, most are just straight up clones of the original. On the SG Digital platform alone, there are several versions available such as Lady of Avalon, Mermaid Queen, and the exceptionally awful Pyramids of Giza where they didn't even bother to add expanding symbols. As if that wasn't enough, they now have another one to add to the list thanks to SD Digital in-house studio Red7.
Book of Relics, as it has so cleverly been coined, ticks every box established by the original hence you'll find that it retains the classic formula of 5 reels, 3 rows and 10 paylines. I quick look in the paytable reveals that the game has an RTP of 95.25%, which, although slightly higher than Novomatic's version, is far below the 96.21% you get in Book of Dead (given that you're playing a version with the highest setting). If you're itching for some classic Book action, all the 95% versions are best avoided as the impact of even a 1% drop in RTP is greater than you would think. In any case, Book of Relics can be played on all devices from 10 cents to 200€ per spin.
The theme is, of course, ancient Egypt, and the production is typical of the genre with the same old Egyptian music playing in the background to accompany the action unfolding on the reels. Executed with great attention to detail, the reels are set inside a stone chamber guarded by two ripped Anubis statues. On the reels you will see lower value 10, J, Q, K and A royals alongside daggers, Horus falcons, Cleopatras, and Pharaohs. The latter is the most rewarding, giving you 500 times your stake for 5 across a payline. The book is the wild and is of the same value as the highest paying regular symbol.
Book of Relics: Features
As is typically the case with these slots, it all comes down to the Free Spins which is played when 3 or more book symbols appear in view. Unlike the traditional version, you get additional spins when landing more than 3 books - 4 or 5 books will get you 15 or 20 free spins respectively. You can also retrigger the feature in the same quantities.
Before the bonus begins, one of the 9 regular symbols is randomly selected as your special expanding symbol. When your symbol hits, it will expand to fully cover the reels, effectively multiplying your main game values by up to 10x (10 paylines).
There is also a jackpot feature included known as the Mega Drop feature. If activated by the casino, these jackpots are fixed and guaranteed to trigger before a certain amount is reached.
Book of Relics: Verdict
Book of Relics looks nice, plays well and does what every other Book-slot does. The problem is that, if you're going to jump into the Book-competition, your slot has to be damn near perfect as it's always going to be held against the high standards of the original. Consequently, even small annoyances, such as the on-screen count up on every damn win, becomes a problem.
Book of Relics is a decent slot but lacks that extra something to make it rise above its competitors and, for reasons we can't explain, it doesn't stimulate the pathways in our brains anywhere near the way that Book of Ra does. For that reason, Book of Relics is forever doomed to general obscurity.
We try not to judge a book by its cover, but with enough Book-slots to fill the ancient library of Alexandria, do we really need more of these?