It didn’t take long for Pragmatic Play partner Reel Kingdom to follow up their last ‘book of’ slot, with yet another ‘book of’ slot. The previous one, Return of the Dead was a textbook example of the genre, which performed to standard while offering little in the way of innovation. Book of Kingdoms, on the other hand, is a bit different. Well, it is different from the last one. When it comes to features, there’s nothing here which hasn’t been seen dozens of times before. It’s hard to get too enthusiastic when test running something that appears so rote from the outset. Who knows, it could be good? Let’s find out.
One thing is changed; we aren’t in Egypt. Surrounding the 5-reel, 25-payline game area are no tombs, pharaohs, or pyramids anywhere. We are somewhere nearby though, judging by the sultan, the fez-wearing monkeys, and snake charming belly dancers. An Ottoman inspired soundtrack slithers away in the background, piling on the exoticism, an apt accompaniment to the unusual visuals.
Players can take part on any device, selecting from a huge range of bets. On the low side, 25 p/c stakes can be set, all the way up to £/€250 per spin for the high rollers. As to the math model, Book of Kingdom isn’t one of those highly volatile beasts that burn through spins on the way to massive full-screen expanded symbol wins. Reel Kingdom has gone with a medium (3/5) volatility setting while toning down symbol values in the process, altering the experience. The default RTP is appreciably high though on 96.69%, although you will have to check which version you’re playing since Pragmatic Play utilises flexible RTP.
The man without the hat returns, gleaming over the reels and taking the top spot as the most valuable premium symbol. Following him are the sultan, the snake lady, and the monkey, in descending order. A line of premiums is worth 8-20x the stake, meaning full-screen wins will net you 500x at the most – a far cry from the more high stakes book slots. Making up the rest of the symbols are 10-A card royals. All symbol types need at least three of a kind to form a winner, over any of the game’s 25 fixed paylines.