|Title||Treasures of the Dead|
|Bet Range||0.10 - 50.00|
|Features||Wilds, Scatters, Hyperlines, Multipliers, Free Spins, Special Expanding Symbols, Bonus Buy|
Name a more iconic combination than “Book of” slots and an Ancient Egypt theme. Over the years, many games have tried their luck in this crowded genre. Blueprint Gaming was well aware of this when designing Treasures of the Dead. The fact they decided to go through with this online slot proves the developer thinks they’ve got something new to offer.
As its name suggests, the game is all about plundering the wealth hidden in a pharaoh’s tomb. It has a great backdrop that draws inspiration from Egyptian architecture, making you feel like you jumped back in time. The symbols fit the theme, creating a visually consistent title.
You play Treasures of the Dead on a 5-reel grid, with each reel being three icons tall. The game has ten fixed paylines, meaning you cannot toggle them on or off. It also comes with a medium variance and an RTP of 96.21%. If you take advantage of the Bonus Buy feature, it increases to 96.35%. You can stake as little as £0.10 per spin, while the maximum wager per round is £50. Available bonus features include Wild-Scatter symbols, Hyperlines, Bonus Buy, and Free Spins.
At first glance, this title does not stand out all that much. As we said, Ancient Egypt and ‘Book of’ game mechanics have been done plenty of times. Treasures of the Dead looks good, though its background borrows a few elements from Play’n GO’s Book of Dead. Along with the must-have Egyptian-style pillars, the game adds a few potted plants to add a bit of visual flair.
Icons appearing in the game are much more impressive, with stylised playing card royals, cat statues, sarcophagi, mummies, and explorers populating the reels. The book is the title’s only special symbol, acting as Wild and Scatter simultaneously.
More animations would improve the slot’s graphics. The backdrop would look much livelier with swaying plants or floating dust. While it is a small detail, it goes a long way in making your game stand out.
However, graphics are just half of the story. Fun gameplay is a must, and Treasures of the Dead delivers that in spades. The 5x3 layout with 10 paylines will be familiar to most slot fans. Its medium variance ensures a nice balance of frequent bonus feature activations and chances to win a substantial payout. However, what really drew us to the game were its extras. While none of them are all that innovative on their own, they combine into one entertaining package.
The book icon is both the Wild and Scatter symbol. It can replace any icon on the grid, increasing your odds of scoring a payout.
Each Wild can appearing with a scarab on top of it. Whenever one lands on the grid, it fills one of three positions on its corresponding row. After collecting three scarabs, you unlock a Hyperline, which remains active until you score a win. Collected scarabs boost the multiplier of each Hyperline, with any new scarabs that appear increasing it as well.
Get three or more books simultaneously to trigger the Free Spins feature. Before the bonus feature begins, the game randomly selects one symbol to become the special expanding icon. These symbols do not need to be on adjacent positions to form winning combinations. Additionally, all Hyperlines remain active until free spins end.
Finally, we have the Bonus Buy option. You can purchase one of three free spins bonuses:
You get a random number of scarabs with all three bonus offers.
N.B. Buy Bonus option is not available for UK casino players.
Treasures of the Dead will not blow anyone’s socks off. It’s a good game, with interesting changes to the ‘Book of’ slot formula. However, its visuals feel stiff due to somewhat lacklustre animations. At the same time, the graphics are neatly rendered and serve the Egyptian theme well.
Gameplay is where Treasures of the Dead shines. The addition of Hyperlines makes each spin interesting, as it can lead to boosted payouts. Furthermore, having all Hyperlines active during free spins drastically increases your odds of getting the 15,000x top prize.
Despite some nitpicks, we still think this Blueprint Gaming slot is worth your time. While the visuals aren’t anything special, they aren’t bad either. In contrast, its bonus features are excellent and ensure something exciting is always around the corner. If you’re bold enough to steal the hidden riches of Egyptian pharaohs, Treasures of the Dead will be right up your street.
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