Legacy of Ra is a valuable addition to a winning formula
Gaming has undergone plenty of changes over the past 15 to 20 years, but few would argue that any sector or genre has evolved as rapidly or as dramatically as the online casino sector. From humble beginnings with basic table games, there are now scores of sites offering hundreds of different gaming experiences, including live games, virtual reality, skill-based games and more.
Yet through all those changes, one game has been ever-present. Novomatic’s Book of Ra is one of those games with which even those with no interest in gambling or slots will be familiar. Since its launch way back in 2005, this Egyptian themed adventure has become one of the best-loved features of both online and land-based casinos.
It has also spawned a series of sequels and updates. The most recent to hit the virtual casino floor of sites like Winningroom is Legacy of Ra, which came out earlier this year. Its predecessors have all been firm favourites, so how does this one stack up and what has it to offer?
Megastar game meets megaway technology
Legacy of Ra is the first game in the series to combine the hugely popular pay mechanic of the original Book of Ra with the much talked about Megaways game engine. The result? As many as 15,625 ways to win and volatility that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Familiar look and feel – with a twist
When you approach the game, everything looks reassuringly familiar. You are greeted by a standard Ancient Egypt theme, comprising hieroglyphs, columns, pyramids, camels and all the rest.
Moving on to the reels, the lower value symbols are, as usual, represented by playing card values of nine to ace, while Horus, Anubis and the scarab represent the higher ones. However, it is at this point that the game breaks from tradition. Instead of the intrepid “Indiana Jones” style explorer from previous games, Legacy of Ra has a female champion, a dashing young lady who will guide you through the pyramids, in your quest for fabulous rewards.
The Ra Bonus Bet
These days, people tend to judge a game like this on the basis of its bonus features. Here, Legacy of Ra does not disappoint. There are several bonuses hidden away in the game, but by far the most dramatic is the Ra Bonus Bet. Activating it will cost you
100 times your base bet, but the rewards can be truly spectacular. Just remember the earlier cautionary remark – this is a high volatility game, so the flipside to those fabulous jackpots is that there will be times that the payouts will not even cover your base bet.
Free spins round
Hit three scatter symbols, and you will activate what could be anything from 10 to 50 free spins. Once they are underway, they can be retriggered an indefinite amount of times, so this is the part of the game that can really help stretch out your bankroll.
For each free spins round, a pay symbol will be selected at random as the “special symbol” Land three or more anywhere across the reels and they will expand and scatter, leading to some impressive payouts.
A welcome addition to a great series
Book of Ra deserves its place in gaming history, and still has legions of devoted followers to this day. Legacy of Ra has brought the game bang up to date, and is certain to bring the series to a whole new generation of players.