Book of Fortune

If its name includes Book, it’s probably a Novomatic clone. Does that ring true for Amatic’s Book of Fortune slot? Read our review to find out!

Details about the slot Book of Fortune

Reels5 Reels
Paylines10 Paylines
RTP96.00% RTP
Coin value0.10 - 10.00
Maximum payout50.000
Bonus GameNo
Free SpinsYes
Progressive JackpotNo
Scattered symbolsYes
Wild SymbolsYes

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Some slots instantly inspire us. Whether it is their theme or gameplay, once we get hooked, we can’t help but love them. And then, you have games that fail to grab us entirely. Those release usually get a passing grade with us; they’re average, and that’s okay.

But the worst of the worst are clones: blatant rip-offs of something else without improving anything. And that’s the category Book of Fortune falls into.

Book of Fortune Slot Review

This slot is played on a five reel board, where each reel is three symbols tall. Players have access to ten paylines, which can be turned on or off at your leisure. To win, collect three or more identical icons in adjacent positions, starting with the leftmost reel. You must follow one of the currently active paylines, or no cash prize for you!

So, why did we accuse Book of Fortune of being a clone? Well, it’s quite simple: because it is! One look at the special feature makes this obvious. It’s a free spins round with expanding symbols, and these expanded icons also have Scatter pays enabled. This is a blatant rip-off of Book of Ra by Novomatic. It’s also not the first time Amatic did this, either. They did the same thing in their other game, Diamond Monkey. At least there, they were smart enough to offer a better product in comparison.

Theme & Symbols

Amatic’s release is a magical experience. Or, at least, the theme is magical! Hidden deep within a massive forest lies a sprawling magical academy. It’s within these hallowed walls, guarded by the most talented sorcerers, that the Book of Fortune lies. It’s said that those who peer within its pages will the knowledge necessary to accumulate great wealth!

Like all slots that this developer creates, there’s this stupid blue tint across the background. We really dislike this. It makes what little background image you can see from the non-transparent reel barely noticeable. You can see the castle in the distance, and a tree branch. That’s about it.

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Symbol designs started off strong. Sure, they’re a bit dated, but we liked how much effort was put into all of them. There’s the owl, a massive magical castle, a wise old magician and a talented blonde sorceress! The experience is diminished with the presence of playing card royals. They don’t look that much out of place, but they’re still not a sight we like to see. And, since this is a Book of Ra clone, the book icon is both the Wild and Scatter at the same time.

How to Play Book of Fortune

The game is played on a 5×3 board with 10 flexible paylines. The maximum prize you can win is only 500x your total stake. Now, if it was any other release, we’d probably just stop right here. But the special feature Book of Fortune offers makes this slot still worth checking out, at least.

Why, you might ask? Thanks to its expanding symbols and Scatter pays, free spins are far more likely to create big wins than most other bonuses. There’s a reason almost every developer has their version of Book of Ra, after all. That special feature is as amazing as it sounds, and has delivered awesome wins to many online gamblers.

Changing your total bet is as simple as it always has been! Tap the Bet button, and watch those two meters appear. Through them, you can control the number of active paylines, and your current wager. That means you can bet between €0.20 all the way up to €5 with each spin. Not great for high rollers, but perfectly acceptable for casual players.

Bonus Features

We don’t have a lot to say about the available special features in this Amatic release. It offers the same free spins round you see in Book of Ra, and a gamble on top of that.

  • Free Spins
  • Collect three or more Book Scatters to win ten free spins. During these extra turns, one symbol is chosen to be the expanding icon. This symbol has two special properties. It will always expand when it will create a win, and it is subject to Scatter pays. That means it will grant its cash prize if there are enough of that icon to create a win, regardless of position! And the best part about this bonus? You can retrigger it by snagging three or more Scatters while it’s active!

  • Wild-Scatters
  • The book also acts as a combined Wild and Scatter at the same time. It can substitute wins and trigger free spins, all in the same spin!

  • Gamble
  • After each win, you’ll be prompted to use this special feature. You have to correctly guess the color or suit of the face-down card. Guess the color right, and your prizes doubles. Pick the correct suit, and it increases by 4x. Guess wrong? You lose everything.

Book of Fortune Payouts

Book of Fortune’s top prize is only 500x your total stake. The slot’s RTP is 96%, which is the current industry average.

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Amatic aren’t the best developers in the world, but they can do a lot better than this. The whole time we were playing this game, we felt like it was made to be rushed out the door. It uses a borrowed special feature and the graphics are outdated. There’s nothing to look forward to.

The Positives!

  • The one thing we can say felt cool was the theme. After Harry Potter, magical academies full of wonders are something that’ll draw everyone’s intrigue. Unfortunately, the developer fails to make the best of that theme.

The Negatives

  • The free spins special feature has been completely swiped from Novomatic’s Book of Ra. Software providers borrowing ideas back and forth from each other is nothing new. But when you make no alterations or improvements? That’s called cloning, and we disapprove of it.
  • Graphics also felt quite boring. Some of it naturally comes due to age, but that’s not the sole source of it. An underwhelming background and lack of animations were key at making us dislike this Amatic release.

Our final verdict is quite simple: don’t play Book of Fortune. We refuse to support a slot that’s a blatant rip-off with no redeeming qualities. If you want to play something similar while sticking to Amatic, try Diamond Monkey instead.

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