Straight away, it should be noted that the Riches of Ra online slot has nothing to do with the Book of Ra, the timeless classic from Novomatic. This title, developed by Play ‘n Go, has a similar Ancient Egyptian theme, but the gameplay is different and showcases many of the unique selling points that Play ‘n Go have become renowned for through the years.
The main game jackpot, which comes from matching five of the Pharaoh symbol, is worth 2500 coins alone, and that’s before we get into the magic of staked wilds, free spins and a Pick-a-Prize special feature, where a bounty worth up to 160x your stake can be won.
Available on desktop and mobile devices, Riches of Ra looks a tad dated these days – as you might expect from a game released in 2011, but its enthralling gameplay and selection of bonus features ensures that the ‘all-time classic’ tag it has earned is well deserved.
If you’re unfamiliar with the work of Play ‘n Go, then we’re happy to reveal this is one of the best software firms around when it comes to playability and the intuitiveness of their game set-up.
Riches of Ra looks fantastic on both Android and iOS devices, and is an absolute doddle to play with just three buttons on the main gamescreen: home, which navigates you around your chosen casino, the menu button which has all the key info you need, and the green ‘spin’ button, which makes the magic happen!
The menu option allows you to alter your bet amount based on coin value and the number of coins you want to utilise per spin, as well as implementing auto play if you don’t want to be clicking the spin button with each turn. You can also learn more about Riches of Ra’s rules, and get a better understanding of where each of the 15 paylines are (this figure can be changed as you wish) and what each matching combination awards, as per the paytable. Players are also informed of the conditions of each of the special features: how they are triggered, what you can expect and, most crucially, how much you can win.
Riches of Ra takes us on a voyage to Ancient Egypt, and the symbols on your five available reels reflect that. Aside from the ubiquitous playing cards, you will find an assortment of trinkets and jewels on your reels, as well as the sacred scarab and the top-earning pharaoh.
There is a wild symbol too, which is the representation of Ra (a sort of bird creature wearing a gold headdress – you’ll see what we mean!). This can sit on your reels either singularly on in stacked fashion, and if the stacked Ra features on reels one and five then you will trigger the free spins round. At this point, 15 free turns are awarded, and most pertinently those stacked wilds are actually held in place; granting you a chance to win some fantastic payouts in this bonus feature.
There are three more symbols for you to be aware of. These all fall under the ‘bonus’ category, and they are a collection of colourful artefacts the likes of which Indiana Jones wouldn’t have minded trousering from his adventures in the Raiders of the Lost Ark. If you reveal two of these, the rest of the reels will slow down in anticipation of a third being spun; achieve this and you will trigger the bonus game. This is a simple feature where you pick one of the on-screen symbols to reveal a prize, but it can certainly be lucrative enough.
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Riches of Ra takes players on a well-trodden path, game wise, to Ancient Egypt, which has been the inspiration for countless slots in the past. While this title from Play ‘n Go doesn’t necessarily bring anything new to the party – it was made seven years ago, after all – it is still a rollicking adventure ride with plenty of bonus features and goodies to keep you returning for more.
The main game payouts are fairly solid too and the beauty of being able to modify how many of the 15 paylines you want to play with is that you can stay in control of your stake per spin; this is a game that those on a tighter budget can enjoy. At 94%, the RTP is low, so if you prefer a higher winning ratio we would steer you in the direction of the likes of Guns N' Roses (96.98%), Immortal Romance (96.86%) and the incredible Blood Suckers, with its 98% RTP.
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