By the Book
Three of the six categories of main game symbols are playing cards, which perhaps is a sign of a certain ennui from the developer. For a game based on magic and mystery to have to resort to filling its reels with playing cards seems a little unfair on players.
Nevertheless, these pay fairly well all the same. The Nine is on the bottom rung of the ladder, and this earns players 5 coins, 25 coins and 100 coins for spinning three, four or five on an active payline backed by a 1 coin bet, and it will even grant you the consolation prize of 2 coins for matching two.
The Ten, Jack and Queen pay out at the same denomination as the Nine, although there is no prize to be had for spinning two matches. But it’s the Ace and the King that reign supreme as far as these base game symbols are concerned, and these pay at a rate of 10 coins, 50 coins and 125 coins for matching three, four or five respectively.
The next prize up for grabs in the Book of Magic is the Treasure Chest; and this is where things start to get interesting. You’ll earn 20 coins for finding three chests, 100 coins for four and 400 coins for five.
The next two symbols are rather mystical looking items – you can make your own mind up as to what you might call these, and this pairing will pay plucky players 15 coins, 75 coins and 250 coins respectively.
The last of our two main game symbols is the humanoid duo that the Book of Magic is all about. The Wizard and the Princess have teamed up to deliver some fantastic payouts, with that 2 coin kicker for spinning a pair, 25 for a trio, 125 coins for a quadruple and a decent 750 coins for the full set of five. Not mind blowing prizes by any means, but they should keep your kitty ticking over for a while.
It’s a Kind of Magic
Book of Magic is a classic EGT slot, and that means players get a wild and a scatter to enjoy. These both pay a top prize of 10,000 coins for spinning five – not too shabby at all – with lesser payments of 2,500 coins (wild) and 400 coins (scatter) for four and 250 coins (wild) and 100 coins (scatter) for three.
The wild, which is the Book of Magic, substitutes for all other main game symbols apart from the scatter, and will help players to formulate winning combinations where otherwise there would be none. It also offers the very agreeable ability of being able to double up payouts when it appears in a winning line, and so the top prize in the main game becomes a much more mouth-watering 1,500 coins.
The scatter symbol is the Crystal Ball, and this pays those quality payouts AND triggers the free spins round. Here you’ll have 15 freebies to enjoy, each of which comes backed with a very handy 3x multiplier. This can be re-triggered too, so the opportunity to yield some huge returns is very much there.
Any win less than 700 coins can be doubled up via the gamble feature, and the stakes here are very simple: guess the colour of a playing card to win your 2x prize. Guess incorrectly and you will lose your original prize.
Then there is the prospect of that loveable Jackpot Cards game, the unique selling point of EGT titles. This rewards players with one of four generous jackpot prizes… and all just for playing the game they enjoy. There are no triggering requirements, no minimum bet limits, this is just a random gesture from EGT to reward players completely by chance.
You’ll be tasked with picking cards from a field of twelve, and once you have matched three you will take home the amount at the top of the screen.
Book of Wins
And that’s Book of Magic in a nutshell: plenty to like, plenty of textbook slot gaming that feels slightly old hat too.
But any game that features a free spins round that utilises a 3x multiplier is a winner in our book: just imagine those lovely prizes accumulating in front of your very eyes.