Stakelogic hasn’t received a lot of attention so yet. To be honest, we haven’t ever rated one of their slot machines. This Dutch firm may be unfamiliar to many because it has only been influential in the business since late 2015. It’s intriguing since it’s related to Novomatic’s parent firm, Greentube.
Since Novomatic is so closely associated with its classic line of land-based casino slots, the team of programmers, mathematicians, and slot producers behind Stakelogic wanted a new name under which to develop games in HTML5 that had their own distinct feel and personality, even if they shared many characteristics with Novomatic.
The slot machine we’ll be reviewing here is a clone of a clone of the ‘Book’ slot machine. Stakelogic, for whatever reason, opted to replicate Play’n GO’s Book of Dead rather than its own, unique version. The fact that Play’n GO stole their main game so brazenly raises the possibility that this was done as a jab at the company.
Most of you are probably already aware with Book of Dead because it is such a popular slot, and we can tell you without hesitation that this is an exact clone, right down to the last decimal point of the RTP. However, the actual gameplay may differ greatly because to differences in hit frequency, bonus frequency, and RTP distribution. Book of Adventure is a slot machine with 5 reels, 5 rows, and 10 possible paylines. It can be played on any device and accommodates players with budgets of any size thanks to a wide betting range (from €0.10 to €50 per spin). Theoretically, the clones are superior than the original Book of Ra (95.10% RTP) because of their higher return to player percentage of 96.21%.
While the icons are practically identical to those in Book of Dead, the choral sound of the books dropping on the reels is lifted directly from Novomatic’s Book of Ra, making for an instantly familiar experience for players of that game. Overall, it’s exactly what you’d expect from an ancient Egyptian-themed slot machine: a golden color scheme, reels flanked by a pair of hieroglyph pillars placed against a pyramid backdrop, and a foreboding Arabian-style sound loop.
Cash Value of the Adventure Book
The symbols themselves do not have any hidden meanings. Besides the usual high card values, the reels also include Horus, Anubis, and Pharaoh Tutankhamun from ancient Egypt. The most profitable is the explorer in the style of India Jones, who pays out 500 times the wager for 5 on a payline.
Slot Machine Spins for the Book of Risk
The book icon serves dual purposes as both a wild and a scatter. If you manage to get three of them anywhere on the reels, you’ll trigger 10 bonus spins. A unique expanding symbol will be selected at random before the function begins.
Now, whenever your chosen symbol appears on the reels, it will grow to fill the entire reel, making for more possible winning combinations. For low-value symbols to grow at least 3 of them must be present on the reels whereas for premiums, just 2 are necessary. It’s possible to get 2, 3, 4, or even 5 retriggers of the free spins bonus, just as in the other book slots.
To earn the maximum of 5,000 times your wager, you need to land 5 adventurers in the bonus round. The adventurer is the most risky symbol, meaning that he or she will have minimal rewards most of the time but the possibility for enormous jackpots.
The End of the Adventure Book
When the visuals, gameplay, and return to player percentage are all the same as Book of Dead, the difference boils down to personal preference. You’ll have to make up your own mind about which game is better without a data sheet or hundreds of spins, as it’s difficult to comment on hit frequency and balance when comparing the two games side by side.
While our impression after a few rounds of Book of Adventure is that it is slightly more volatile than Book of Dead, you shouldn’t necessarily take our word for it because of the small sample size. Also, when compared to its rival, Book of Adventure’s gameplay seems choppy and old.
While we welcome any new classic Book slot machine, we doubt it will be able to lure away fans of the immensely popular Book of Dead.