Kingdom of the Dead Slot Review 2024 | Pragmatic Play

Kingdom of the Dead from Pragmatic Play partner Reel Kingdom takes us into familiar territory with a classic (albeit a bit worn) Egyptian theme.

The Egyptian mien, book symbol, and title hint at familiar gameplay too, but will Kingdom of the Dead surprise us with any innovative features to make it stand out?

The book genre is competitive, so Kingdom of the Dead will need to be rather special to make an impression.

Kindgom of the Dead Base Game

Kingdom of the Dead Base Game and Features

Kingdom of the Dead is a 5-reel slot with 10 fixed pay lines. Winning combinations are formed when 3 or more of the same symbols (or 2 or more of the highest-paying symbol) land from left to right, starting from the leftmost reel.

The minimum bet available here is £.€0.10 per spin and the maximum bet available is £.€250 per spin, with plenty of other options in between the two. This game has a theoretical RTP of 96.07% and a max win cap of 10,000x.

In terms of symbols, the highest-paying regular symbol here is the Explorer, followed by the Pharoah, Anubis, and Scarab Beetle. Low-paying symbols are standard Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and Ten. Book Scatters act as Wilds, substituting for all High and Low-paying symbols.

Game Provider Reel Kingdom
Maximum Bet 250
Maximum Win 10,000x
Paylines 10
Release Date 24/04/2023
RTP 96.07%
Mechanics Video Slot
Volatility High
Reels 5
Minimum Bet 0.10

Ante Bet

Before you can begin spinning, you will be given the option to activate the Ante Bet feature. Choosing to activate this feature will increase your current bet by 50%.

Once active, your chances of triggering the Free Spins round are naturally higher, with more Book Scatters appearing on the reels. With the Ante Bet active, the Bonus Buy option (where applicable) is disabled.

Kingdom of the Dead Free Spins Selection

Kingdom of the Dead Free Spins

Landing 3, 4, or 5 Book Scatters across the reels triggers the Free Spins round, awarding 10 Free Spins and a payout of 2x, 20x, and 200x your current bet respectively.

Once the Free Spins round is active, you will be met with 2 Free Spins options as follows.

  • Fixed Mystery Symbol – A random symbol will be chosen to become your Expanding symbol for the entire Free Spins round. (RTP 96.07%)
  • Random Mystery Symbol – During each Free Spin, a random symbol will be chosen at random to become your Expanding symbol. (RTP 96.07%)

During Free Spins, when a number of your chosen symbol lands in view, the Expanding symbol will Expand to fill the entire reel they are on, awarding a payout regardless of their position on the reels.

Landing 3 or more Book Scatters during this time will award an additional +10 Free Spins with the currently selected Mystery option.

Kingdom of the Dead Free Spins

Kingdom of the Dead Bonus Buy

Those outside the UK will benefit from a Bonus Buy option. Reel Kingdom has granted players access to the Free Spins round for a total cost of 120x your current bet. (RTP 96.07%)

Kingdom of the Dead: Our Verdict

Kingdom of the Dead has significant appeal as an extension of the family of slots that continue to grip an audience, but does it do anything better than any of them?

In some ways, it’s rather the same, but a nice addition here is the option to choose between a fixed mystery symbol or a random one on every spin. We’re not sure which one is better, and to be honest, each could be better than the other depending on luck, but we confess ourselves as bigger fans of the way others do it.

Retriggers and extra symbols always stood out more in our opinion. We thought Legacy of Dead was better than Book of Dead because the problem with fixed symbols is how deflated you feel when you end up with a 10 or another low-paying symbol.

Kingdom of the Dead sort of addresses this issue with its alternative option, but overall we’d have liked to see more in the way of innovation here.