One of the internet’s all-time most popular casino games, particularly in Europe, the Book of Ra slot has spawned a handful of sequels and innumerable imitations. But it says here that the original is almost always the best. Book of Ra still rules. Among the symbols in the set include various gold totems that Louisiana pilfered from the local culture re-discovered for display in a museum alongside those common low-paying A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9 symbols
The Book of Ra is a 5-reel, 9-payline slot game themed on adventuring archaeology in Egypt. Our hero, a rather pasty-looking version of Indiana Jones (we’re calling him Louisiana Johnson) is the highest-paying symbol; Louisiana is rather more strapping-looking in Book of Ra Deluxe and other sequels, but we’re stuck with this dude who makes Brendan Fraser look like Lorenzo Lamas in this one.
The Book of Ra itself acts as both scatter and wild. With three, 10 free spins is awarded plus a randomly-chosen symbol will become stacked every time it appears on the reels during the fee spins.
While the stacked symbols in the free spins bonus round are a nice feature in Book of Ra – and probably quite interesting when the game was released in the early 2000s – this kind of stuff is hardly revolutionary today. The wagering, which tops out at $4.50 (or 50¢ per payline) also makes Book of Ra ideal for the low-roller or casual slots player.
On the other hand, the truth is that the Book of Ra slot game pays out at just 94% or so, a figure lower than even the standard Las Vegas-based slot machine. (Online slots tend to have a slightly better return percentage.) This alone should scare away any player-in-the-know, who can check out even the Book of Ra Deluxe slot for more sophisticated play and better payouts.
Now we get to the real heart of the matter. For some odd reason, perhaps some form of underground guerilla marketing by the production company itself, very early on the rumor emerged that Book of Ra was hackable, allowing players to rack up big wins with cheats. Today, “Book of Ra slot machine hack” and “Book of Ra manipulation” are among the top Google search terms beginning with “Book of Ra.”
Such claims are of course nonsense, and videos like this are noticeably short of any sort of, you know, information of the nature of ostensible “hacks”:
And then there’s approximately a zillion sites devoted specifically to the Book of Ra slot which purports to give tips but are merely clickbait for those looking to register new players at online casinos.
Of course, Cleopatra Slots is hardly the first website to blow the whistle on these irrational yet persistent rumors about the Book of Ra slot’s supposed beatability, but it seems as though each new site merely *increased* the desire of players to try this slot.
It’s your choice in the end, but we figure the average player would be better off simply accepting Book of Ra as just another 9-payline slot and give up the delusions of malfunctioning machines.