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Egypt has long been a country blessed with a colourful history, leading to some of the most prolific archaeological discoveries ever made. All of the mysteries surrounding the land of the Pharaohs eventually spilled over into the world of online slots, with there now being 100s of titles themed on this great land. One such title is Book of Gems Megaways™ from game provider Skywind, where 5 reels of action can present players with up to 3,125 paylines.
Are you ready to board your Felucca and sail down the nile toward the great pyramid? Join us in our slot review as we learn more about the features within this game that include free spins and expanding symbols. If you'd like to try all of this action out for yourself, then give it a go in the free play demo that is a part of our article.
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With Egypt as a theme, it comes as no surprise at all that the Pyramids are the main focal point of this slot. They can be seen glowing in the golden sunset of the desert in the background to this game. Further enhancing this theme are the reels that are encrusted in gold and jewels, much like a glorious sarcophagus that is the final resting place of Egypts most powerful Pharaohs.
Upon those sacred reels you'll find low value symbols in the form of the royal cards 10 - Ace. High value symbols on Book of Gems Megaways™ are the Ring, Scarab, Pyramid and the premium paying Explorer. Spinning the 5 reels on this slot could result in any of these symbols filling the reels, which could pay you the maximum win of 250,000.
You won't need to look far for more Megaways™ Slots with an Egyptian theme. Blueprint Gaming's Legacy of Ra Megaways™ is another title that will take you to the banks of the nile. Whilst Inspired Gaming's Anubis Wild Megaways™ takes you on a darker journey into the tombs of the Pharaohs, where exciting bonus features are on offer.
The Book of Gems Megaways™ has an RTP of 95.00%. Whilst this is still considered to be generally ok in terms of online play, it is considerably lower than the average of 96.22% that we see across the Megaways™ catalogue. It also falls into the high volatile category, so you may go through spells of non winning spins, but when the wins do come they could well be substantial.
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Once Book of Gems Megaways™ has loaded up, you'll be able to access the usual pre-spin options such as whether to use the autoplay, viewing the paytable, and finding out additional game information. Most importantly you'll need to select your playing stake, options range from €0.20 to €20 a spin, so once you've chosen that you're ready to get underway.
Whilst spinning the reels you'll come across the games wild symbol. This is the book, and when it lands it will substitute for all other game symbols and potentially help you to build more winning connections. The wild can land on any position on any reel, and it also doubles as the slots scatter symbol.
The highlight of Book of Gems is the free spin feature. This will be triggered when a scatter symbol lands on each of the reels 2, 3 and 4, awarding you with 10 free spins to begin with when they do so. Before the action begins in this bonus round though, you will firstly be awarded with a random expanding symbol from the book.
After you have received your symbol, the reels will then begin to spin. The aim is to get your selected symbol to land on as many of the reels as possible, so that your symbol can expand and pay you a win. But what exactly causes the symbols to expand?
Well, to cause a reel expansion you will need to land your symbol on a minimum of 3 reels. You symbol will then cover the entirety of those reels and pay you a win multiple ways. The more reels you can cover, the bigger your win will be, especially if you have been awarded a premium paying symbol.
Additional free spins can be won by the book scatter symbols again landing in view. You'll need a minimum of 3 to hit for a re-trigger to be awarded, and 10 spins added to your current total. Finally, if you're playing from a region that allows bonus buys on a Megaways Slot, then you'll be able to gain instant access to the free spins at a cost of 70x your stake.
It's always great to see a new game provider get onboard with the Megaways™ mechanic, as it offers players an even greater pool of slots to choose from. It's maybe just a shame that Skywind didn't opt for something a little more original on their debut title, as we have pretty much seen this exact format in Legacy of Ra Megaways™ ( although in fairness we do actually prefer Skywind's take on the expanding symbol theme )
That being said, there have been plenty of other providers who have decided to play it safe when they entered the Megaways™ market, so we will wait a little longer before we pass judgment on how Skywind are going to fair in this competitive niche of slots. Hopefully they take a few more chances with their next releases.
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