Rich Wilde and the Amulet of Dead is a 5×3 video slot game by Play’nGO, with up to 10 active paylines. The theme is Egyptian, with ancient Egyptian gods and characters showing up on the reels, while the background for the reels is the stunning temples of Abu Simbel, with their iconic rock carvings of pharaohs and deities.
This is actually quite a refreshing change from the usual images of the Nile, pyramids or generic temples that we see in Egyptian-themed video slots. The game does bear some resemblance to a Play’nGO hit, Book of Dead, and that will probably help experienced players have a little bit of affinity for this game before they even begin to play it.
The Amulet is the game’s Scatter symbol, where it can also deliver up to 100x of your bet as a prize if you land five of it in a line. It is also Wild, and so it will replace regular symbols to create winning combinations, therefore increasing your chances of winning. Landing three or more of this symbol will also unlock the free spins bonus game where you will receive 10 free spins. Before this round begins, one of the symbols on the reels will randomly be chosen to become a special expanding symbol for the duration of that round.
After every spin, if the special symbol is part of a winning combination, it will expand to cover all the positions on the reels. You can also retrigger this round by landing three or more of the Amulet symbols again during the free spins bonus round.
Another exciting feature that is active in both the base game and the bonus game is the Thoth Wild. These will only appear on reels 2, 3 or 4, and can also land as stacked Wilds. If they are stacked, they will trigger the Thoth multiplier, where 1, 2 or 3 of the stacked Wilds will give you a 2x, 3x or 5x multiplier respectively. This multiplier is applied to all wins on the triggering spin, and they can replace the special expanding symbol in the bonus game to create winning combinations there as well.
Players also have an attractive Gamble option to increase their winnings. Upon every win, players have the choice to take the win or play the Gamble. Here, guessing the colour of the next card drawn correctly will double your win, while guessing the suit correctly will quadruple it. This round can be played up to five times in a row with correct guesses, where an incorrect guess at any time will result in the win being forfeited and the player being taken back to the base game.
The various icons are understandably Egyptian themed, so the card royals are also Egyptian-styled, while the premium symbols are Egyptian deities and artefacts that can pay up to 100x of your stake if you land enough of them. Wins pay from left to right, with three in a row needed for the lower-paying symbols, and two in a row for the high-value ones.
This is a medium to high volatility game, with an RTP of 96.29%. Players can bet from 0.01 to 100 credits per spin, depending on the number of paylines that they have kept active.
This is an excellent example of a rock-solid video slot game – it has expanding symbols, wilds and scatters, and the possibility of some truly spectacular wins. There are also some unique features that make this game even better, even though those features can also be found on some other games by this developer. Overall, this game is an interesting one where players can definitely be entertained while also having the chance to win big.