Doom of Egypt (Play'n GO): Overview
Cloning slots is nothing new. It's been going on since forever and is a quick and convenient way for providers to release "new" products. Historically speaking, cloned slots are most commonly associated with exclusive releases, and while Play'n GO have been on the forefront of cloning, other established providers such as NetEnt, Pragmatic Play and Yggdrasil Gaming have been known to do the same. You'd think that an operator (casino) would be reluctant to pay extra for a simple clone, especially as players have become more knowledgeable, but apparently not. Rarely, clones can offer an enhanced experience through upgraded visuals, the soundtrack or even the features (without altering the RTP, of course), but in this particular case, Play'n GO have just scraped together some leftovers in the laziest way possible.
Available for play between 0.10 and €£50 per spin, this 5-reel, 10-payline slot titled Doom of Egypt is a mishmash of several Ancient Egyptian themed slots produced by Play'n GO throughout the years. Fundamentally, it's a clone of the iconic Book of Dead slot (the game engine), but visually it borrows from Rise of Dead (which is a clone of Gold King) and Legacy of Egypt. Set inside a pharaon burial chamber and with eerie music playing, symbols on the reels include lower value A to 10 royals as well as three Egyptian kings - Ramses, Thutmose, and Amenhotep. The most rewarding symbols, however, is Anubis, the god of the dead, giving you 500 times your stake for five on a full payline. The scarab beetle, which you may recognize from Legacy of Egypt, is both wild and scatter - five on a payline will give you 200 times your stake.
Doom of Egypt (Play'n GO): Features
If you've played Book of Dead (or Book of Ra Deluxe), you can skip this part. In any case, when 3 or more scatters appear in view anywhere on the reels, the Free Spins feature comes into play with 10 spins awarded. Before you get started, the game will randomly choose a symbol which will act as a special expanding symbol during the round. When your assigned symbol hits, it'll expand to fully cover its respective reel, but only if there are at least 3 low-value symbols or a minimum of 2 premiums.
The good news is that the symbols don't have to line up on a payline to form a win. Should you land all 5 Anubis symbols, for example, these will all expand to cover the whole screen while also rewarding you the top prize of 5,000 times your stake.
Doom of Egypt (Play'n GO): Verdict
As a slot, Doom of Egypt is totally redundant, especially with Book of Dead being available at nearly every casino. Moreover, few players will have any problem whatsoever identifying it as a Book of Dead clone, although newcomers might be led to believe there must be some twist somewhere to the game. So, how do you rate a game like this? On the one hand, it's based on one of the best slots ever made. On the other hand, you're annoyed because it's a shameless clone. And what is there to say about it really? If you want some variation to your Book of Dead slotting action, go right ahead and play it. Otherwise, just carry on as usual and forget about this game.
Doom of Egypt may be the laziest clone we’ve ever come across, but being a clone of one of the most popular slots ever made, it can still be worth checking out if you’re a fan.