NoLimit City are back with a haunting take on ‘Book of’ genre. These kinds of games have become massively popular, with providers everywhere jumping on the bandwagon to spawn their own version of the critically acclaimed original.
Book of Shadows Slot looks and sounds dramatic right from the start, and you can see straight away that NoLimit City are going against the grain to create their own spin on this type of game, all while keeping that tried and true formula that we all love.
NoLimit City have had a great year so far, they’ve lived up to their name time and time again and are successful thus far in their mission to take gambling software to the next level.
Welcome to the cold and uninviting hollow of the undead. The theme for this game has been pulled off really well. In the background an eerie mist floats ominously across the screen, while trees devoid of life paint a gloomy picture with skulls sat among them.
The graphics have a kind of cartoony feel, with a thick outline texture that looks distinctive with a kind of comic style. The symbols also have this prominent look to them and are animated, look closely and you’ll see them move now and again.
The sinister music compliments the theme of the game well, with sound effects like the howl of a wolf popping up now and again
The game has 11 symbols in total, with the book utilizing that usual Scatter pays and Wild function. Top paying regular symbols are the Zombie girl, the cat, the skull, the insect and the eye in the jar. Low paying symbols are your regular A, k, Q, J & 10
Betting options for this game starts off at 0.10 and can go up to 100. The game has tonnes of customizable options that can not only affect the stake, but the gameplay too.
The game features a bonus buy options for players outside the UK. It will cost 60x, 90x or 120x depending the Shadow Rows active.
3 or more consecutive symbols form a win, and the game will start off with 10 set pay lines. As mentioned, the game has lots of different options which will alter the game.
Shadow Rows will add additional rows and pay lines to the game, with the option to increase to a 5×4, or a 5×5. Adding one row will cost you half your bet, and adding two will double it. Each additional row added increases the pay lines by 5+, so 5×4 will give you 15 pay lines, and 5×5 will give you 20.
RTP will vary depending on your options, the standard RTP has been calculated at 96.01%, but will increase to 96.07% if 4 shadow rows are active, and up again to 96.19% if you use 5 shadow rows.
Lock specific reels and spin with an adjusted bet. You have the option to lock up to 4 reels, and scenarios with no chance of a win cannot be locked. The adjusted bet is visible next to the lock, and will vary in price depending on the symbols active on the locked reel, and the reel you’ve chosen to lock.
Optimal strategy for RTP using lucky locks is to lock two reels that hold scatter symbols.
Upon winning, you’ll have the option to gamble your bet, simple press the gamble symbol and choose a red or black card. Double or nothing. Gamble is limited to 5 times in a row.
Gamble your winnings in the Wheel of Bonus for a chance to get Free Spins, lose and get nothing. The Wheel of Bonus is available as long as the winnings do not exceed the price of 60x the bet. Win by landing the arrow in the coloured area. This feature may not be available in all jurisdictions
Like every Book game, 3 or more scatter symbols are needed to trigger the bonus.
The game will award 10 spins on the number of Shadow Rows active when the bonus was triggered, and the player can add or remove rows before the game starts, which will either increase or decrease your free spins, depending on how many rows you want.
The game will pick a random gold symbol, and gives you the option to reshuffle this once if you want to start the bonus with a different symbol.
The Golden symbols will expand to cover the entire reel (only active rows) when 2 or more premium symbols appear, or 3 or more low paying symbols. Once again, all books in the Book of Shadows will act as a wild symbol, and 3 or more are needed to trigger the feature.
Unlike Rise of Merlin and Legacy of Dead, Book of Shadows will take more of a Book of Dead approach in the way that the re-trigger will give you more spins with the current golden symbol, rather than awarding an additional symbol.
The bonus is theoretically triggered every 154 spins.
NoLimit City have gone above and beyond to make a Book of game stand out from the rest. We could probably list in 1000 words how many Book of games exist now, and explain in another 1000 words about how they’re all the same.
NoLimit City have recognised the popularity of this type of game, and have taken that formula, with lots of added extra to make a Book of game that is brand new.
Locking Reels is one of these new features, and will resonate well with those looking to customize their game and take a risk. You can lock 2 bonus symbols and wait for the 3rd to land, but it won’t be cheap.
Still, this kind of customisation will undoubtedly result in some interesting strategies as people play around with this feature to find an option that yields the best return.
The emphasis on player choice is further proven by the option to add additional shadow rows, with 2 available for another 10 pay lines. Things like this make this a very stand out game, but you’ll be at battle with yourself wondering if you should choose 4 rows, or 5, or lock this reel or that reel.
The thing that might tilt you a little is that you can see what symbols land within the inactive rows, both in the base game and the bonus. Try not to dwell if you haven’t selected a row which would have given you a full screen of top symbol…
Book of Shadows boats Extreme volatility, with a top potential win of 30,338x, a hit rate of 33.18% and a big win estimated at 1 in 843 spins. This game might cater exclusively to those ready to take that risk in pursuit of those massive hits.
But don’t rule it out on this basis, it can surprise you and the RTP is decent enough that you should theoretically see a decent percentage of your bets back, if not a big win.
Overall, Book of Shadows is clever and fun. It’s refreshing to see this Book of style game done differently, giving the player plenty of options to change the game, and really shows off how inherently good NoLimit City’s creative team are.