Released at the start of 2020, Egyptian-themed video slot Book of Atem was created by Microgaming in conjunction with newish Estonian developer All41studios.
Played over a standard five-row, three-reel format with just 10 unchangeable Paylines, the game has a luxuriant garden and peaceful temple setting – it’s certainly a gorgeous-looking offering. The background also makes a definite departure from the candlelit tomb interiors that form the backdrop to so many Egyptian-themed slots.
Atem (or Atum) was an early Egyptian deity from ancient mythology, who, rather alarmingly, was known as ‘the finisher of the world’.
How to play
Play from just 10p a whirl to a relatively low maximum of £25 a pop across all devices, mobile or otherwise. Place your bets first and set Autoplay if you wish to.
Symbols on the reels include the five lower-paying A through 10 values, alongside the more valuable pink lotus flower, hawk, cobra and pharaoh. The latter is the most rewarding of the standard icons, shelling out at 500x stake for five in a row.
While you need three lower-paying icons for a win, with the higher payers only two are required.
Book of Atem special features
It seems to be something of a trend for the Wild and Scatter to be the same symbol, and this game is no exception. The Book of Atem serves as both here and substitutes for any other symbol in a bid to help you grab more wins. Equally, it can land anywhere on the reels.
Free spins round
As is customary, you’ll need at least three Scatters to book your place in this round. Before the perk kicks off, the book opens and one icon is randomly selected as a bonus emblem. If at least two of them (three for the lower values) land anywhere on the reels while the free spins round is in play, it expands to encompass the full reel.
What’s more, the expanded icons don’t have to fall adjacent to one another to create winning combos. (However, the book Wild won’t replace expanded icons during this round.)
Finally, book symbols continue to drop, meaning you can keep on retriggering free spins.
The maximum win is 5,000x stake, although unfortunately, you won’t find a progressive jackpot here.
Return to Player (RTP)
There’s a healthy RTP or Return to Player of 96.45%, and you should expect Book of Atem to be a seriously high-volatility game, so do bear that in mind from the outset. There’s a hit frequency of almost 30%.
You don’t need us to tell you how many times the Egyptian theme has been done before in slot games. Indeed, one industry reviewer described Book of Atem as ‘solid and competent but lacking in any real personality or lasting appeal.’ They also described it as merely a clone of the popular Book of Ra game.
But Book of Atem is an entertaining offering nonetheless, and the game’s mechanics are simple despite its high volatility. So you could well find it an enjoyable addition to the similarly themed slots already out there and like the inventive graphics and compelling gameplay.
Try it and see for yourself in free mode before parting with any of your hard-earned cash.