Ancient Egypt and the zombie apocalypse are the highly divergent themes on offer in the latest pair of volatile video slot releases from Novomatic and Playtech, namely, Book of Ra Mystic Fortunes and Scatter Brains 2.
Book of Ra Mystic Fortunes – Novomatic
Book of Ra Mystic Fortunes is the latest in the massively popular ancient Egyptian-themed series from Novomatic. Like the other games in this franchise, Book of Ra Mystic Fortunes combines classy sound and visuals with simple gameplay and explosive volatility to exciting effect.
The action takes place within a chamber of a pyramid. On the reels you’ll see the usual selection of lower value royal values and higher value hieroglyphs. Top of the standard payers is the grinning treasure hunter. This Indiana Jones wannabe offers payouts of 200 times your bet if you land 5 on a payline.
The likeliest route to discovering hidden desert treasure comes via the Free Games feature which is triggered by landing 3 of the Book of Ra scatter (which is also the wild) on the same spin. You’ll then play 10 free spins. Before they start, 1 symbol is picked at random. This expands to fill the whole reel whenever it hits. You can also retrigger the feature infinitely.
On any spin where the Book of Ra hits you could also trigger the Jackpot feature – once in, pick from the coins to reveal matching gemstones. Depending on the colour of the stone, you’ll win 1 of the Mini, Minor, Major or Grand Jackpots. The latter is worth 10,000 times your bet.
This latest instalment in Novomatic’s enduring franchise keeps things simple to good effect. Well designed and highly volatile, it’s another impressive addition to the Book of Ra series. For more details, check out the Book of Ra Mystic Fortunes video slot review.
Scatter Brains 2 – Playtech
More high variance action is on offer in our second new release, the 5 reel, 243 ways to win Scatter Brains 2. This zombie-themed video slot comes from the Playtech stable and combines comic book design with an exciting bonus feature.
A deserted cityscape is the setting for this battle with the walking dead. On the reels you’ll find an assortment of human characters fighting off the zombie hordes with Molotov cocktails, pots and pans, axes and iron bars.
The base game action is pretty ordinary but Scatter Brains 2 really springs into life when you trigger the Free Spins feature. Land yellow brain scatter on the middle 3 reels on the same spin and you’ll get a payout of 5 times your bet as well as 5 free spins.
A trio of marauding zombies walk onto the reels on each free spin. Any position they land on turns wild. If they appear on a character symbol, that reel receives an upgrade and all 5 reels spin again in the Respin feature. Instead of scatters, special red feature wilds are added during the bonus round. If a zombie lands on a feature wild, it becomes a multiplier wild which triples that payout.
The theme here might be the dead but the variance here is pretty lively. This is a volatile game with potential wins of 4,374 times your bet on each free spin. If you’re a fan of the horror theme, then Scatter Brains 2 is certainly worth a closer, especially if you like high risk, high reward play. Read the Scatter Brains 2 video slot review for a full insight.