About Return of the Dead Slot
Return of the Dead will ring bells for most avid slot players, as it’s styled with the same design as Book of Ra and its popular copy, Book of Dead, as well as a bunch of other copies like No Limit City’s recent horror-slot, Book of Shadows. This is an obvious clone but that’s not necessarily a bad thing if it’s done well. The Ancient Egyptian theme might make some player supress a yawn considering how common this is in the slot world but again, many players love it, and there’s no shortage of new titles arriving every month that look like this!
The 5 reels are laid out in the standard way with 3 rows, while the 10 paylines gives it a simplistic vibe. You’ll find an average RTP of 96.71%, which is higher than Book of Ra, a 10p minimum bet and a high volatility rating. This means you can expect some strong ups and downs in the gameplay.
The max payout here is 5,000x stake, which is a decent award and you’ll be looking for the Free Spins round with random Expanding Symbols to come close to the biggest prize. Remember, the top prizes are always hard to crack so don’t go in expecting to hit a win like that any time soon, it’s just an indicator of what can happen when luck is on your side.
Symbols and Paytable
The symbols in Return of the Dead are the typical Egyptian style icons, such as Tutankhamun, Scarab, Eye of Horus, Pharaoh and Explorer. The Explorer symbol is a bit incongruous in its photo-style graphic while the other symbols are all colourful illustrations. In any case, the premiums pay well with awards from 75x up to 500x stake for hitting 5 matches on a payline.
Other icons include the high cards which award the lower payouts, along with the Book symbol, which serves as both Scatter and Wild. This Book symbol is the one to look out for, just as it is in all the Book of Ra clone games. This is the best paying symbol in the game, awarding 500x stake for landing 5 matches.
The Book symbol substitutes for other symbols and also triggers the Free Spins for your best bet of hitting the 5,000x stake top win. If you land a screen filled with the Explorer character, you could also pick up this payout.
Gameplay and Features
Book Wild and Scatter
The Book symbol is both Wild and Scatter rolled into one. It can substitute for all the other symbols in the game to create more potential winning combinations. It also triggers the Free Spins round if you manage to land 3 or more on one spin.
Free Spins and Expanding Symbols
No surprises here for Book of … fans then.
Landing 3 Scatters anywhere on the screen triggers 10 Free Spins. You’ll also get 2x your bet for 3 Scatters, 20x your bet for 4 Scatters and 200x your bet for 5 Scatters. Before the Free Spins round begins, one of the symbols is randomly selected to become an Expanding Symbol. This means if this symbol falls on the reels during Free Spins, it will expand to fill the entire reel and pay anywhere on the screen.
If you land 3 Book symbols on the reels during the Free Spins round, you’ll get another 10 Free Spins on top with no limit to the number of re-triggers available.
Return of the Dead is ideal for players who love the Book Of series of slots and don’t mind playing a cloned game with the same theme and features. It’s a simple slot with its old school layout, Ancient Egypt theme and 10 paylines, so it does tickle the nostalgia bone. Other positives include the decent RTP, which is higher than the original slot, the jackpot of 5,000x stake and the Free Spins, which are potentially high-paying if you find plenty of Expanding Symbols. We also appreciate the unlimited re-triggers. Despite these pluses, there’s nothing new here. It’s another Ancient Egypt themed slot with no originality in gameplay at all. Return of the Dead is definitely only one for enthusiasts of the Book of Ra style games – if you enjoy these, you’ll know exactly what to expect. As always, have fun, and gamble responsibly.