Egyptian-themed pokies are extremely popular, as are zombie pokies, so Rise of Dead should be perfect, right? Rise of Dead is a great pokie from Play‘n GO, but it is not perfect. Continue reading to find out all the scary details.
Rise of Dead is a brand new pokie, having only been released on August 27th, 2019, by Play‘n GO. It is based on Egyptian folklore and history, focussing on the legend of the Book of Thoth and Egyptian Pharaohs. Legend has it the Book of Thoth granted its reader unlimited knowledge.
Johan Tornqvist, the CEO of Play’n GO described Rise of Dead perfectly.
“Egyptian history and mythology is a very popular subject matter, be it in films, TV or games. We always aim not only to do justice to the source of our games inspiration but also to bring a different element to it, something that people may not be familiar with or haven’t seen before.
“It’s this that separates our games from many others in the market at the moment and is a testament to the creativity of the company when it comes to creating entertainment.”
This five-reel 20-paylines pokie has an RTP of 96.53 percent, but you need a large bankroll to play properly. Rise of Dead has a maximum payout of $500,000, but it has a very high volatility rating of 10. This means you play for long periods before hitting any meaningful prizes although prizes can be huge when hit.
High volatility pokies are not for the faint-hearted, but they can be extremely profitable.
The graphics in Rise of Dead are cold and have a blue tinge, creating an eery atmosphere. Play’n GO did a great job in creating the Egyptian theme they were looking for. You will find the usual array of Egyptian symbols such as the Ankh and hieroglyphs.
Three Egyptian Pharaohs are present: Amenhotep, Ramses and Thutmose. Each Pharaoh looks undead and are quite scary if we are honest. Match at least two of these to scoop a standard win. Other symbols are represented 10 through Ace. Matching at least three of these yields a prize.
There is also a Wild and a Scatter, as you would expect from a major pokie. A Golden Scarab Beetle represents the Wild with a Golden Scroll used for the Scatter. The Scarab Beetle is the highest-paying symbol, matching five is worth 125-times your stake. You can use the scatter to activate the Ancient Spins feature, more on that soon.
Play’n GO added three features to Rise of Dead and each has the ability to see your bankroll swell.
Mega Stacks is one such feature, one that is initiated on any spin in the base game. You never know when it is going to trigger. When Mega Stacks hits, one symbol is randomly chosen to fill every reel with stacks of 12 symbols high. This feature vastly improves your chances of landing winning combinations of those symbols.
Gift Of Gods is another potentially lucrative feature. Like Mega Stacks, Gift of Gods triggers randomly during the base game. It makes reels 1, 3 and 5 matched in full stacks of the same symbol. They are held in place while reels 2 and 4 continue to spin with regular symbols. Stop these symbols and you can win up to 500-times your stake should you land the top paying symbol.
Those of you who want big wins, and that is all of you, you need to find Ancient Free Spins. This feature is where the mega payouts lay in wait. Land a Scatter on reels 1, 3 and 5 to initially trigger 10 free spins. More free spins are given when 1, 2 or 3 scatters pop. This is re-triggerable and therefore, in theory, an unlimited number of free spins is possible.
The Mega Stacks feature is active during Ancient Free Spins. Lower value symbols can be stacked eight high with Wilds able to stack in groups of six or seven. Best of all, sometimes the Pharaohs expand to fill the entire reels, awarding gigantic prizes.
Rise of Dead somehow manages to be entertaining despite only having nine winning symbols. Two of the bonus rounds are random with the third giving you the chance of a 5,000-time stake win. This pokie is highly volatile so does not suit everyone. You will love it if you have thick skin and love the risk of high volatility pokies.