Book of Ra vs. Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead

Discover where the greatest treasures of ancient Egypt lay hidden in this battle of the slots: Book of Ra vs Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead!

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

In this Battle of the Slots, we put two popular slots side by side. This week:

  • Book of Ra from Novomatic
  • Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead from Play ‘n GO

In this article, we zoom in on and compare both slots.

All about Book of Ra

In this fun slot machine from the company Novomatic, you find yourself in ancient Egypt. The aim here is to reveal the secrets of the ancient treasures of pharaohs. To make that possible, Novomatic has chosen a slot machine with a 5×5 grid.


On this slot, you will come across different symbols, such as an angel, a pharaoh, and a mummified insect. By scoring the right symbols in the right places, you can win up to 5,000 times your bet per line.

Most played slot machine

Nice detail about Book of Ra: it is estimated to be the most played slot machine in Europe. That already says a lot about this slot machine. It has been possible to play this game entirely online since 2011.

Huge winning potential

The great thing is that you can grab really hefty winnings at Book of Ra. You already saw above that you could win up to 5,000 times your bet per line in the basic game. Furthermore, you can also take part in a bonus game, with which you can grab up to 45,000 times your stake. For example, if you choose a £0.50 spin, you could win up to £2500. By the way, the minimum bet at Book of Ra is £0.45. The maximum bet is £90. According to Novomatic, this slot has an RTP of 92.13%. For an online slot, this is on the low side; something to keep in mind.

Bonus game

A very nice addition to Book of Ra is the bonus game. A special Scatter symbol unlocks this game, after which you can play for even higher prizes. Within this bonus game, you will find several special symbols. If a man with a hat appears anywhere on the slot machine, you are the lucky one. In that case, you will get your stake back 5,000 times. If you then use the gamble feature, you can increase the payout even further!

All about Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead

Book of Ra and Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead have an important similarity: both slots are set in ancient Egypt. So in Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead, you will also find all kinds of Egyptian symbols.

Not very original

So is Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead a very original game? Simply put: no. Play ‘n GO has clearly copied Novomatic’s Book of Ra game. Here and there some changes have been made, of course, making the game look different. But overall, it mostly feels like a copy with only a few minor changes.

Still well done

The fact is, however, that Play ‘n GO has done this in a good way. Indeed, compared to Book of Ra, Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead offers the necessary advantages! Just like Book of Ra, this slot also gives you the option to play on 10 paylines. You can play with an amount of £0.01, where you can already enjoy a decent payout. In fact, the maximum payout is 5,000 times your stake.

Higher payout percentage

If we look at the payout percentage at Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead, it is a lot higher than that of Book of Ra. In this slot, the payout percentage is 96%, while in Book of Ra it is only 92%.

Graphically prettier

It is also fair to say that Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead looks a lot prettier. This is partly due to the fact that this game is a lot newer than Book of Ra. We don’t want to say that Book of Ra is dated, but you can see that that game was developed a long time ago.

Which slot machine do we prefer?

Our preference is definitely Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead. Compared to Book of Ra, this variant is simply superior. Thanks in part to its graphics and higher payout percentage, we have to declare the newer slot as the winner. A typical example of ‘New & Improved’.

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