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Book of Atem Slot Review


One of the most fertile breeding grounds for slot games is ancient civilisations and mythology. Alongside the plethora of games based on Asian culture, the next most popular game is based on ancient Egypt and for good reason, given the rich and detailed stories that emanate from that time, as well as the iconic monuments that still exist to this very day. A testament to their brilliance and creative genius.

With that in mind, All41 Studios have produced their latest slot game for Microgaming and it is called the Book of Atem slot. A higher variance slot game that offers a maximum jackpot prize of 5,000x your total bet. Based on the story of one of the most important deities in Egyptian mythology, and his famed book, the slot was the first release of the new year for Microgaming.

Let’s take a closer look to see how this new slot shapes up.

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Key Information for the Book of Atem slot game

  • Developed By – All41 Studios (for Microgaming)
  • Mobile – Yes
  • Number of Reels – 5×3
  • Number of Pay Lines – 10 (non selectable)
  • Minimum Bet – 0.10
  • Maximum Bet – 25.00
  • Free Spins Bonus? – Yes
  • Other Bonuses? –  No
  • Standard Jackpot – 125,000 coins (5,000x)
  • Progressive? – No
  • Volatility? – High

The Book of Atem is the latest in what is becoming an increasing line of higher volatility slots from Microgaming and follows hot on the heels of the Volatile Slot, which we reviewed in depth last week. This new game was developed by one of Microgaming’s new partners, All41 Studios, and it is a 5×3 reel slot that boasts just 10 pay lines, but which offers a maximum jackpot (in the Free Spins round) of 5,000x your bet.

Theme and Presentation

The theme of the Book of Atem slot is ancient Egyptian myths and legend and especially the god of Atem, who is one of the foremost gods in this particular creation story. Atem can be called by other names, Atum or Tem, and he is one of the few deities that ancient Egyptians believed was self-created.

Other than this basic character, the main emphasis of the slot is simply Egyptian items. The backdrop isn’t what you would typically expect, with it being a little greener than you would expect for a largely desert country, but it is nice to see that All41 Studios decided to take a slightly different approach to the presentation of the game.

The musical accompaniment to the slot is nicely done and fits in nicely with the theme of the game without being too much in your face.

Symbols

The symbols on the reels start with the lower value symbols and these are the playing card symbols from the jack through to the ace. I would have preferred to have seen the Egyptian theme kept going here with some other Egyptian linked symbols used but in truth this cosmetic issue doesn’t detract too much from the slot.

The higher value symbols are more in keeping with the theme of the slot and include a flower, a snake, a bird of prey and the god Atem himself who is of course the highest value of the four higher paying symbols.

There is just one other symbol on the reels as the Book of Atem symbol represents both a Wild and a Scatter and is used in two different ways in the game.

Wild Symbol

The Book of Atem symbol serves its first purpose as a Wild symbol and this can be used across all the reels to land additional wins by acting as a substitute for any of the other symbols. Using Wilds can help you trigger wins of between 2x and 200x your bet depending on how many you land across the reels.

Free Spins Bonus

As the Book of Atem symbol is also the in game Scatter symbol, if you land three or more of these symbols across the reels, then you will not only earn a pay out from any wins you achieve, but you will also trigger the Free Spins bonus game on the Book of Atem slot.

Your bonus starts with 10 Free Spins and with an additional bonus. One of the symbols on the reels will be selected as an Expanding Symbol. This means that during Free Spins, any time you land this symbol on a reel, it will expand to cover that reel in full. Obviously, if you can land multiple of these symbols across the reels on a spin, then you can turn several reels to the same symbol and trigger multiple line wins.

If you can cover the reels in the Expanding Symbol, then this is where you can win some of the bigger prizes available in the slot. You can also retrigger the Free Spins bonus from within the game by landing three or more symbols on the reels during the Free Spins round.

Other Bonuses and Information

There’s no other bonuses or other features on the Book of Atem slot, but what is clear is that this game is definitely aimed at players that enjoy higher volatility slots and you do require a decent sized bankroll, and a good degree of patience to trigger the main features of the slot to earn a crack at some of the better value prizes in the game.

3.5

Editor's Review

Book of Atem is a decent higher variance slot, but one that requires great patience to get the best out of. Waiting for Free Spins can be frustrating but the base game is livened up by the occasional bigger value win. However, sensible play and a decent bankroll is essential in order to get the most from this playable slot.

Where can I play?bet365 Games
Number of paylines:10
Number of reels:5x3
Is autoplay available?Yes
Game manufacturer:Microgaming