Scroll of Dead

Scroll of Dead Slot Review

NOTE: Screenshots on this page were taken whilst we played this game for real money at Casumo Casino

Game Scorecard

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Overall Score


Game Information

  • Name: Scroll of Dead
  • Game Suppplier: Play n Go
  • Release Date: May 2021
  • Theme: Ancient Egypt
  • RTP: 96.28%, 94.28%, 91.28%, 87.26%, 84.25%
  • Variance: High
  • Maximum Win: 7,500x
  • Progressive Jackpot: No
  • Minimum Stake: £0.01
  • Reels: 5
  • Rows: 3
  • Paylines: 10
  • Features: Wilds, Expander Symbols, Free Spins

About Scroll of Dead

One of the most-loved genres of high variance slot game is the classic Book of … series that kicked off many years ago with the Book of Dead from Play n Go and the Book of Ra from Novomatic. Whilst the traditional theme for these games is Ancient Egyptian with a touch of the supernatural thrown in, more recently we’ve seen other studios take the game in a different direction such as supernatural horror, in Nolimit City’s Book of Shadows. But whatever the theme, the gameplay in these super-fun slots always follows pretty much the same pattern – simple base games with wilds and a super-charged bonus round where free spins and expanding symbols come together to create exhilarating gameplay.

And that’s kind of what you get here … accept Play n Go have added in an extra, locked reel for good measure and to crank up the tension still further. Other that that, we are in familiar territory. As the game loads up you will find a background set in a temple with stone pillars and flaming torches.  The game is played on a 5×3 grid with the locked 6th reel to the right side. To unlock it and open up the enhanced paytable you will need to land 3 or more scatter on one spin.

What We Liked

  • Ancient-Egyptian theme and luxury design
  • Full screen of icons possible
  • Hidden 6th reel
  • Low minimum bet
  • Expanding icons boost paytable

What We Didn't like

  • Lacks originality

About The Developer

  • Name: Play n Go
  • Established: 1997
  • UK License: Remote 021725-R-304911-020
  • Total Games: 200 +
  • Known For: Grid slots, high variance slots, huge range of themes, styles and maths models
  • Popular Slots: Book of Dead, Reactoonz 1 and 2, Troll Hunters 2, Rise of Olympus

RTP and Variance 8/10

What is RTP?

RTP (Return to Player) refers to the amount a game will pay out in cash prizes expressed as a percentage of all the money wagered on that game. For example, a 96% RTP means a game will pay out £96 for every £100 wagered. This is an average number and will vary from one session to the next.  Read more here.

What is Variance?

Variance refers to how far a game will deviate from its RTP over time. High variance games deviate a lot and produce uneven win distributions and unexpected windfalls. Low variance games provide a more stable and even distribution of wins. Read more here.

Scroll of Dead has an ideal RTP of 96.28%, but this can drop as low as 84.25%. The 10 paylines are flexible and there is a 1p minimum bet, so low rollers who only want to play 1 payline at the lowest coin value can enjoy a low-risk gaming session.

This slot is highly volatile and also has a wide betting range, so it’s good for risk lovers and high rollers, though more cautious players can enjoy it too. Like the original though, it will be tough on your bankroll to choose your stake with care if you want to make it last! The max win is 7,500x stake, which can be won by unlocking the 6th reel and enjoying the best rewards during Free Spins.

Paytable 8/10

The gaming screen is filled with Egyptian symbols, including a golden Cleopatra, scarab, ankh hieroglyph, bird and serpent. There are also some high card symbols to pay the lowest rewards. The premium symbols pay from 50 to 500x stake for 5 of a kind, while unlocking the 6th reel can boost these payouts up to 100 to 750x stake for 6 of a kind.

The scarab is the Wild and Scatter symbol combined, which can substitute for all the other symbols in the game and also launch the Free Spins round. The scarab also pays 2x, 20x, or 200x stake for 5 of a kind. The biggest rewards arrive during Free Spins thanks to the hidden 6th reel, which is finally unveiled.

Gameplay & Features 8/10

Wild and Scatter

The scarab is both Wild and Scatter. This symbol can stand in for the other symbols in the game to create more potential, while also triggering the Free Spins round if 3 or more appear on the screen together. You´ll also receive a payout of 2x, 20x or 200x stake depending on how many scarabs launched the round.

Free Spins and 6th Reel

When you hit 3 or more scarabs, you will trigger 8 Free Spins. At this point, the 6th secret reel is also unlocked and will remain active for the duration of the Free Spins. In classic Book of … style, one symbol is selected at random to expand to cover all positions on its reel. The Wilds can´t substitute for the expanded symbols, but these super-sized symbols can help to boost your rewards on their own. So remember, you are looking for the highest value icon of all to be the expanding one in the bonus round and it is possible to fill the entire screen with these icons to score the top payout.

Gamble Game

And just like other Book of .. games. after any winning spin on Scroll of Dead, you’ll get the chance to gamble your winnings on the turn of a card and potentially quadruple your payout. If you choose to take the gamble, simply guess the colour or suit of the next card in the deck. If you guess correctly, you´ll double or quadruple your payout, but a wrong guess means you lose your winnings from that spin.

Our Verdict 7.8/10

Scroll of Dead is an atmospheric game with an extra element of fun in the 6th hidden reel. The Expanding Symbols and 6th reel make a big difference during Free Spins, enabling a 7,500x stake top payout – an improvement on the Book of Dead´s 5,000x stake jackpot. This has a high variance, so players looking for thrills will find this gives a suitably bumpy ride, although the low minimum bet also makes it playable for the lowest rollers. The graphics are solid, but lack in originality, as this is yet another Egyptian-themed slot in the ´Book of´ style at the end of the day – although admittedly, this does lend a certain gravitas, as the series is so highly regarded. The excitement and best prizes in Scroll of Dead are hidden in the enigmatic 6th reel, so the Free Spins is what you´ll be waiting on to nab the best rewards from this Egyptian temple.