Word of Thoth: Slot Overview
Editor’s note: This review evaluates Word of Thoth on its early access state and may still be under development. If needed, we will update this review once the game gets a full release.
Returning to the old world of Ancient Egypt, we find Word of Thoth from developer Jade Rabbit Studio in a collaborative effort with Yggdrasil Gaming. With a name like Jade Rabbit, you might think the studio was based in Asia, especially since their logo displays a pair of Chinese characters. However, the developer is headquartered in the gambling hub of Malta, where they have been turning out games since 2018. The self-proclaimed ‘Slotheads’ have done a few things a little differently in Word of Thoth for an Egypt slot; yet at the same time, its core features are all pretty standard.
One change is the location of where the action takes place. Players who are over staring at Pyramids while they spin reels will appreciate the shift to Khem rather than Cairo, giving Giza a break for five minutes. In screenshots, Word of Thoth looks pretty good. Jade Rabbit has captured some of Ancient Egypt’s otherworldliness and the connection to the cosmos thing some claim the civilisation had. A couple of beaked statues stand beside a 6-reel, 4096 ways game grid, while symbols have an unusual neon look about them. In action though, Word of Thoth has a noticeably sluggish action that some may find a little off-putting.
Associating with Yggdrasil means players have access to virtually any stat they could ever want, which is appreciated. Figures all make a good impression starting with a base return value of 96.12%, rising to 96.77% when shelling out for the feature. A dose of patience is required to wait for the bonus game otherwise, as it hits every 262 spins on average. In the meantime, its highly volatile math model spits out a winning combination 20.88% of the time, or every 5 spins or so. Any device is fine for tripping back to Khem on, where bets of 25 p/c to £/€100 are available.
Winning combinations are formed of 3 or more matching symbols landing left to right from the leftmost reel. When they hit, they also trigger a cascade win system. 10 symbols line the paytable, from 9-A royals accompanied by a star, an Eye of Horus, an ankh, some gold jewellery, and Thoth at the head. For a 6 of a kind premium win, you are looking at a payout of 20 p/c to £/ 100 times the total stake. All 6 reels hold wild symbols, which replace any pay symbol to complete a winning combination.
Word of Thoth: Slot Features
Adding extra oomph to Word of Thoth is 2 bonus features – a cascade system and a round of free spins. Triggered after every win, the cascade feature removes winning tiles from the reels and lets new symbols drop down to replace them. If new wins line up, the process repeats until no more winning combinations are created.
Players have two methods of accessing the free spins feature. One is by landing 3 or more scatter symbols, the other by filling the meter in the top left corner. Each cascade fills one slot in the meter, as does every scatter present on the reels – either way rewards you with 10 free spins. If more than 3 scatters trigger the feature, each additional symbol is worth +5 free spins.
The meter stays in play during free spins, awarding additional benefits. When 3, 4, or 5+ consecutive cascades occur, players are given +1, +2, or +5 extra free spins while increasing the win multiplier by 3, 5, or 10, respectively. Multipliers are not reset between free spins – they can only stay static or increase. The meter, however, does reset between spins. As a side consolation you hope you never need, if the round finishes without awarding a win, free spins continue coming until there is one.
Tacked on in territories that allow them is a feature buy option. Players not keen on waiting out the base game may buy the bonus round instead if the option is available. The cost is 80x the total bet to buy 10 free spins.
Word of Thoth: Slot Verdict
In all, Word of Thoth is a respectable first encounter with Jade Rabbit Studio if you haven’t come across one of their games before. The Yggdrasil partnership should help widen their audience, and they’ve made the most of the opportunity by breaking away from their usual fixed payline format to try something new. Choosing a theme as common as Ancient Egypt and filling it with common features does diminish that creative impulse to a degree, however. Cascades and free spins utilising a progressive multiplier aren’t exactly cutting-edge stuff.
Having said so, the win/scatter meter dynamic does help mix things up to a degree, and free spins can be quite exciting if you manage to pull a decent multiplier on board. Some may prefer Word of Thoth’s way of progressing the multiplier over the standard way of incrementing after each cascade as it usually is. Doing things this way adds a certain volatile element that some players might enjoy. Potential is another highlight. While not astonishing, it is more impressive than many Egypt slots produce, where returns as high as 7,384 times the stake possible in Word of Thoth.
As well as the positives, there are a few areas where Word of Thoth lags. There’s something slightly off about the game that is hard to define, like a certain clunkiness is holding up the flow. There certainly isn’t the relentless face-paced attack of games like Book of Dead for want of a comparison. Combined with the oddly neon-lit royals and it feels a little disjointed. These are minor niggles, perhaps, but in the ultra-saturated Egyptian genre, if a game doesn’t nail it, it’s left in the proverbial dust. On the whole, Word of Thoth is a competent game, though not one that sticks in your mind long once you’re done playing.
Word of Thoth is a playable game, but its sluggish action and mediocre features dent some of the appeal.