Egyptian-themed slots featuring magical books are still a top choice for game producers, and this is clearly demonstrated by the latest Microgaming release: Book of Atem.
These games are generally very popular with players, and we expect this one to be too – see for yourself by visiting Zodiac Casino and giving this latest game a go. Just login, or sign up for a new account, and get ready to travel back in time to an art deco/Ancient Egypt fantasy land!
Book of Atem – what you need to know
Book of Atem may be following a very well established formula, but the graphics and overall design are very striking. Instead of following the more standard Book of Dead-style these games often have, this slot has a distinctly art deco look and feel.
Does this make sense? It does, actually. Ancient Egypt entered popular culture with the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922 – smack dab in the middle of the art deco boom! And besides feeling right, the game looks fantastic. Top marks!
Looking past the theme, the game follows a pretty standard format. There are five reels, three rows, and ten paylines.
Low symbols are card values (10, J, Q, K, and A). High symbols are lotus flowers, hawks, death masks, and other recognisably Egyptian objects.
The Book of Atem, which gives the slot its name, is a golden book with a blue/green jewel on the cover that radiates greenish light. This acts as both a Wild and a Scatter – three of them will launch a Free Spins game.
The Free Spins game
Once a player lands three or more Books of Atem, the Free Spins game begins. This starts with the Books of Atem merging into one book on the screen, before enlarging and opening to a page. On that page will be a symbol which can turn into an expanding symbol during the free spins.
During our testing (see demo video below) we triggered the Free Spins game twice. Both times we were awarded 10 free spins, and got the lotus flower as the expanding symbol. The lotus flower did not expand every time it appeared – it seems to take at least two on a spin to trigger the expansion. As a result it only happened once or twice during the free spins. This meant the Free Spins game was pretty similar to the base game (other than the change in background from daytime to twilight).
Who is Atem and what is his book?
Atem (more commonly spelled “Atum”) was one of the major gods in the Ancient Egyptian pantheon. His exact role is described differently in different sources, but he is generally credited with creating the world, and sometimes it is said he will end the world as well. He is commonly associated with the sun, and was sometimes pictured as a man, and sometimes as a snake.
He does appear in some editions of the Book of the Dead, but there is no specific “Book of Atem” associated with him as per the name of this slot.
That is no criticism of this slot – Ancient Egyptians did not even have leather-bound books, and these have been a successful part of dozens of games for the last few years anyway (cutting edge publishing technology was a papyrus scroll).
This is a solid slot using well-known theme and made with good production values. It does not contain anything that makes it stand out particularly from the dozens of other similar slots, but it also does not really have anything wrong with it. We especially liked the visual design – the art deco take on Egypt is a clever twist!
This slot is being released by Microgaming, but it is a production of the relatively new All41 Studios. This is only their fourth slot (the first of which was released only nine months ago) so in reality Book of Atem is actually a pretty amazing effort and bodes well for future games!
We are really looking forward to seeing what All41 do during the rest of 2020.
Where can you play Book of Atem?
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