A hero that is wild but also rich? Talk about subliminal suggestions! Storytelling is king, and it is taking over gaming territories that were once too simple to carry a plot. Today, you can meet the Indiana Jones of slot games in places like Wixstars Casino, which is presenting “Book of Dead” as the game of the month. And Rich Wilde, nomen omen, is the lead character in this unusual adventure.
The iconography of the protagonist is clearly reminiscent of the Lost Arch’s hero. Rich (yes, you got it right, it’s Rich, not Rick) is portrayed on the game’s cover not so much as an Indiana Jones look-alike but a dark-haired hunk with a naughty twink in his eye. Wild(e) he is, undoubtedly. And sexy in many ways since his screen appearance brings the highest rewards to the players. Rich is surrounded by themed symbols, such as Pharaoh’s Masks, a series of playing cards (from 10 to Ace), the Book of Dead itself, and several portraits of Anubis and Osiris. These two last are the most common high-value symbols you will encounter while playing.
But wait a minute…. what is so special about “one more Book of the Dead game”? There have been quite a few already, starting from the historic Book of Ra. Well, the thing is that the new trend is to make these simple, repetitive games as immersive as possible. So you get much more than a simple pull of the lever and spinning of the wheels. In the package now, seamless gameplay is included, with captivating graphics and animations. The soundtrack is provided by Egyptian style music that creates an atmosphere of suspense without becoming annoying or obsessive.
Then, if you can get your hands on a 250,000 – coin jackpot… And there is more. This game has a great return to player percentage (RTP) of 96.21%. Adding the possibility of rich rewards to the thrill of wandering about an ancient Egyptian temple meeting ancient gods makes for a great user’s experience.
The Swedish giant Play’n GO launched “Book of Dead” a few seasons ago. The game is far from obsolete: it is actually going through a season of relaunch and revival. In the meanwhile, Play’n GO developed a whole series of new games featuring its hero. In Shield of Athena, they even gave him… a daughter! Cat Wilde accompanies her father to Atlantis, searching for the legendary Shield of Athena, adorned with the head of the gorgon Medusa. In this game, Rich Wilde is the game’s Wilde, and Cat acts as the Scatter. Greek mythology inspired the creator of the game and provided the basis for all the symbols: the Helm of Athena, the Ring of Wisdom, the Pendant of Courage, the Golden Owl (a symbol of Athena herself), and the namesake Shield of Athena.
The intention is clearly that of shaping Rich Wilde’s saga as a sort of franchise. The newest adventure he is engaged in bears the title Tome of Madness. This time, the hero is after the secrets of the sinister Cult of Cthulhu, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s dark and maddening literary universe.