Book of Atem
Players sick of Egyptian-themed, book-style games, look away now.
For those whose idea of fun involves ancient mysteries and indulging in familiar gaming, jump right into Book of Atem - the result of a tie-up between Microgaming and Estonia-based studio All41 Studios.
Book of Atem sticks to the script pretty tightly while offering a marginally novel take on the genre. So expect wins as high as 5,000x thanks to expanding symbols during free spins, a common reel setup with 10 paylines - and plenty of familiar Egyptian iconography.
Book of Atem’s fist impression is an extremely positive one.
The game takes place in peaceful surroundings, where stone pillars and verdant foliage help to create a serene atmosphere.
That vibe extends to the reels, where we find playing cards between 10 and A along with premiums comprised of cobras, hawks, lotus flowers and naturally, pharaohs.
Completing the scene is an exotic audio that syncs well with the theme and the visuals on display - seemingly at odds with the game’s high variance nature.
Gameplay and Features
Wins are awarded for landing at least 3 playing card symbols, or two in the case of premiums (bar the scatter), in adjacent positions anywhere on the 10 paylines.
Here are the payouts in the offing for catching 5 of a kind:
- Book (Scatter): 200x
- Pharaoh: 500x
- Hawk: 200x
- Cobra: 75x
- Lotus: 75x
- Playing Cards: 7.5x-15x
In Book of Atem the wild serves two purposes: symbol substitution and scatter replacement.
It’s not a ‘Book’ game without the famous Free Spins round, and those found in Book of Atem follow the blueprint closely.
The feature is initiated by landing 3 scatters during a spin. In classic Book fashion, one symbol is then chosen arbitrarily to become the expanding symbol whenever it shows up. Scooping the game’s max win requires filling the screen with the highest paying premium - a real spectacle on the rare occasion it happens.
Book of Atem manages to balance relatively straightforward gameplay with high volatility - so brace for fruitless spells that can punish your bankroll.
As with all games in the genre, however, the trade-off is well worth it once high paying symbols begin filling up reels during Free Spins. Just make sure you come adequately bankrolled to withstand all those dead spins in between.
There’s not an awful lot to add to the reams of ‘Book of’ material that hasn’t been said already.
What we can say is Book of Atem represents pleasant slot play, marrying familiar gaming with polished graphics, executed to a high standard.
The slot will never win any awards for originality, but then nor will the scores of copycat titles borrowing evident inspiration from Book of Ra or Book of Dead - the two that kicked it all off.
In summation, lovers of ‘Book’ games - or classic Egyptian slot action, can’t go wrong with what’s on offer inside Book of Atem.
Book of Atem at Wildz Casino
Wildz has countless options for all you ‘Book’ slot fans out there. You’ll find Play’n GO’s iconic pacesetter, Book of Dead, sharing shelf space with Nolimit City’s occult-flavoured Book of Shadows and Relax Gaming’s Book of 99, among myriad others in our back catalogue.
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