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About This Slot
Eye of Dead from Blueprint Gaming will please fans of the ancient Egypt theme. This is styled on Eye of Horus and Book of Dead, creating an amalgamation of the two slots but not really adding anything new. The symbols are suitably Egyptian and also include the classic Indiana Jones character, while the sound track is basic and you can hear blasts of a simple jingle during the spins.
The background takes players inside a cave with hieroglyphics etched on the walls. The simple 5-reel layout has 3 rows of symbols and 10 paylines, making this easy to play. Colours are opulent with rich purple on the reels, gold trim on the symbols and a bronze background.
You can try Eye of Dead at most UK slot sites from April 2021.
RTP, Variance and Top Payout
You’ll find an average RTP of 96.3%, along with a 10p minimum bet, although the high volatility means there will be plenty of ups and downs, much like the other highly volatile ‘Book of’ slots. The top award of 500x stake is achievable by hitting 5 of the adventurer characters, while other special features include the Symbol Upgrade feature and Free Spins.
Symbols and Graphics
The symbols in Eye of Dead include classic icons from ancient Egypt, such as the Anubis and a Pharoah, along with an Indiana Jones character, precious amulet, scarab, jar, bird and high cards written in curling script and featuring gold trim. The best-paying regular symbol is the dashing Indiana Jones who can award 50x stake for 5 of a kind.
The Wild can substitute for the other symbols in the game, while also appearing stacked on the reels for more winning potential. The book Scatter can also appear to award the Free Spins feature. If you’re looking for bigger wins, it’s possible to boost the prize potential by using the Premium Play feature to upgrade symbols and push closer to the top payout.
What We Like
Ancient Egypt is always a winning theme
Low minimum bet
Symbols Upgrades from Premium feature
Stacked Wilds enhance paytable
What We Don't Like
Simplistic design, no proper soundtrack
• Low 500x stake top prize
Gameplay and Features
Landing 3 of the book Scatters will launch the Free Spins round. This awards 12 Free Spins immediately along with a payout of 2x, 20x or 50x stake, depending on whether 3, 4 or 5 Scatters triggered the round. Whenever you land 1, 2 or 3 Wild reels, you’ll receive an extra 1, 3 or 5 Free Spins.
Whenever a Wild symbol lands during Free Spins, it will upgrade the premium symbols, raising your payouts along the way. Keep an eye on your progress in the bar along the top of the screen to see each symbol turn into the next one on the paytable.
Premium Play Feature
Increase your bet level by selecting from one of four Premium Play levels. This will upgrade the symbol value during the main game and Free Spins. This requires an extra bet of 1.50, 2, 5 or 10. Level 1 changes the scarab into a jar; level 2 changes the scarab and jar into a bird; level 3 changes scarab, jar and bird into an Anubis; level 4 changes the scarab, jar, bird and Anubis into a Pharoah.
Eye of Dead by Blueprint is another in a long line of ancient Egypt-themed slots. It’s an interesting mix of Eye of Horus and the numerous ‘Book of’ slots but it doesn’t offer any improvements. Fans of highly volatile slots will enjoy the ups and downs of the gameplay, but Eye of Dead has taken the ancient Egypt theme back to basics and it’s actually a bit boring. The lack of sound track is a big disappointment. We would have loved to hear some Arabian music to make the most of the Egyptian theme, but instead you get standard bleeps that do nothing for the atmosphere. The slot also has a lowly 500x stake jackpot, though the Premium Play feature is an interesting way to boost the betting options depending on your bankroll, making it more attractive for high rollers. Although the Symbol Upgrades are exciting, the Premium Play betting option is really the only reason to choose Eye of Dead over other slots in the same genre.