About This Slot
Hacksaw Gaming’s oddball mascot, Canny The Can, is back in their interpretation of the ‘Book of …’ game format. This slot was released in November 2022 and in typical Hacksaw and ‘Book of’ style operates at a high volatility.
This was the second time-themed slot released by the studio in 2022, following their eerie Time Spinners game from the summer. But where that game had a dark and ghoulish side, Book of Time appears to be an eccentric and inexplicable mix of styles and gameplay. The setting is the countryside scene but the symbols and free spins round suggest a witchcraft element with witches hats, snakes heads and wands. And all the while … a relentlessly plinky-plonk piano loop soundtracks your play.
Boom or Bust? What Happened When We Played Canny the Can and the Book of Time
I played Book of Time over 60 minutes on Dream Vegas at 10p a spin. Here is what happened.
- Session Time: 60 minutes
- Bet Size: 10p
- Start Balance: £21.02
- End Balance: £0
- Net Win / Loss: –£21.02
- Biggest Single Win (excl. Free Spins): £8.50 (85x)
- Free Spins Round Feature Triggers: Two
- Biggest Free Spins Round Wins: £2.66
This was a tough session with only two free spins rounds triggered – both Classic mode – and NO What Time Is It? Bonus Round. Wins felt quite irregular and maxed at 85x in the base game.
It’s hard to write positively about a game that offered so little for so long. But those are the breaks. Like all Book of slots, if things aren’t going your way they can feel very monotonous and frustrating. And with Canny doing his dance and the plinky backing track it felt like a weird low budget Saturday night gameshow at times.
When I did break the bonus round the spins go by quickly and first time I won just 13p. Second time, I landed three more Books and opened up a second special symbol. But even then, the payout was just 26x.
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In all, this is a strange game. Canny looks like he doesn’t belong in this setting and whilst bad runs happen sometimes, there just wasn’t enough to keep me entertained in this one to take the edge of the losing streak.
It will be a while before I come back to Book of Time.
RTP, Variance and Top Payout
There are four variable RTP settings for Book of Time: 96.13%, 94.34%, 92.33% or 88.25%. Where I played at Dream Vegas the RTP was at 94.34%. Hacksaw are one of those providers who give option to the operator and most in the UK seem to opt for the 94% level. That is under average.
This is a high variance game, rated as 4/5 by Hacksaw themselves. For reference, that puts it at the same level as Time Spinners and Undead Fortune but under the most volatile Hacksaw games like Rotten and Hand of Anubis.
The top win for Book of Time is 10,000x. Most Hacksaw games fall somewhere around the 7,500x to 10,000x mark so this is about average.
Spins start at 10p per play.
Symbols and Graphics
Book of Time plays out on a 5×4 reel set with 20 fixed paylines active at all times. Wins are tiggered by landing three or more identical symbols on the reels from left to right along a payline starting with the left most reel.
Low payers are the cards 10 through to Ace. They are valued at between 5x and 15x for five on a payline. The high value symbols are the wand, the hat, the knife, the snake and the mouse. These are valued at between 50x and 250x for five on a payline.
In keeping with the traditions of Book of slots, the Book symbols is both scatter and wild. It subs in for all other symbols to complete win lines AND triggers the bonus round. However, importantly it does NOT act as a wild during those bonus rounds.
There is also a Clock Man scatter which can trigger the What Time Is It? Bonus round where the game diverges from tradition in all kinds of fun ways. More on that in a moment.
What We Like
Unique What Time Is It? bonus round
Will appear to high variance fans
Has potential for big wins
What We Don't Like
Canny the Can .. say no. more!
Jarring graphics and soundtrack
Proved very tough to unlock
Gameplay and Features
It’s a Classic – The ‘Classic’ Book of Bonus Round
Hacksaw bow to convention with the first bonus round in Book of Time. Land 3 or more Book scatters and you’ll earn yourself 10, 15 or 20 free spins as follows:
- 3 Book Scatters: 10 free spins and ONE special symbol
- 4 Book Scatters: 15 free spins and TWO special symbols
- 5 Book Scatters: 20 free spins and THREE special symbols
The special symbol is chosen at random and may be any of the standard symbols but not the Book itself. To activate special symbols, which now appear with a frame around them, you will need to land one on each of at least THREE reels.
When activated, after payouts are completed for a spin, the special symbols expand to full reel height, and trigger more pays if they complete win lines. They can also connect to create wins even when other symbols fall between them.
What Time Is It? – Crazy Alternative Bonus Round
Ok, so this is Hacksaw and it was never going to be straight forward! Landing 3 Clock Man scatters triggers another bonus round called What Time Is It?
Now you get 10 free spins with clocks appearing above reels 2, 3 and 4, indicating a different time on every spin. You are now looking for Clock Activator symbols to land anywhere on reels 2, 3 or 4. When they do, Multiplier Clock Wilds expand downwards from the top positions until they reach the row with the Activator on. The value of the multiplier is the same as the time on the clock … from 2x right up to 12x! Of course!
Finally, Multiplier Wilds are added together then more than one forms part of a winline.
More Games Like Book of Time Slot
Book of Shadows by Nolimit City – By far our favourite Book of game and one that in my opinion outclasses Book of Time is Book of Shadows. NLC have given the series a ghoulish twist with this version that has elements of The Ring or Blair Witch about it as it features an undead girl. It has a higher variance and a bigger top win of 30,388x.
Time Spinners by Hacksaw Gaming – Before Book of Time, Hacksaw were confounding us with Time Spinners, an equally volatile beast and one with an eerie dungeon setting. The name of the game is landing multipliers and the Dusk til Dawn Bonus round gives you the chance to land sticky multipliers of up to 12x that can push payouts as high as 10,000x.
Where to Book of Time Slot – Further Recommendations
Play OJO – I always recommend OJO to readers because it scores highly in every area. Just deposit £10 here and you’ll get 50 wager free spins on the original and best Book of game, Book of Dead. There are over 2,500 slots available here from all the big names, and if you are a Paypal players you can deposit with your favourite eWallet too.
Dream Vegas – I tested the game on Dream Vegas because it is one of my favourite White Hat Gaming sites. They have a classys, Vegas-themed site and a huge game catalogue. You can easily search for your favourites using the game provider filter or by game name. Dream Vegas currently offer a 100% match up to £300 and 150 spins on Aloha! Cluster Pays to those depositing £200 or more. So if you are a big depositor, this is a good slot site for you.
Book of Time is an eccentric slot that failed to capture my imagination. The odd mix of styles and gameplay and the oddity that is Canny the Can just jarred with my expectations of what a Book of slot might be. I’m all for experimentation, but in this case, it hasn’t worked. But its for you to decided, and die hard Hacksaw fans, and those with peculiar tastes, might just find Book of Time to be worth a spin.
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