Book of Tut Megaways Slot Features
Flanked by massive stone pillars, a gold frame encloses a 6x7 grid that awards wins for matching at least 3 symbols on consecutive reels. All paying combinations must start from the leftmost column and continue rightwards. Thanks to the Megaways mechanism, each strip may randomly contain 2 to 7 symbols on any spin, resulting in 117,649 maximum possible number of winning ways. Combinations containing low-value royal characters award from 0.1 to 0.5 times the bet, while hits on premium images represented by a scarab, a cat, a pharaoh's mask, and John Hunter himself pay from 0.25 to 2 times. A traditional Wild available on reels 2 through 5 will help form wins by substituting for all regular symbols.
Randomly during the base game, one symbol may be selected to act as an Expanding Symbol. If there are enough instances on the grid to form a win, all will expand to cover the entire height of the reel and award a payout regardless of their location. Expanding Symbols don't need to follow the left-to-right rule.
Book of Tut Megaways Free Spins
Scoring 3, 4, 5, or 6 Scatters awards 10 free spins and an instant payout of 3, 15, 100, or 500 times the bet, respectively. Before the round begins, one symbol will be selected to act as an Expanding Symbol for the duration of the bonus. Landing another combination of Scatters retriggers the game with 10 extra spins.
Free spins can be triggered instantly through the Bonus Buy option for a fixed buy-in of 100 times the active bet. Alternatively, players can use the Ante Bet function to increase the chances of triggering the bonus for a 25% increase of the current stake.
Producing remakes of popular titles has become a common practice among slot creators, and a game like Book of Tut Megaways was just a matter of time. Pragmatic Play's flagship "Book of" style release from 2020 featuring a daring adventurer, John Hunter, was undoubtedly an attempt to grab a share of Play'n GO success that's been conquering the iGaming scene since 2016 with their Book of Dead blockbuster. It did quite a good job doing that, so the new Megaways sequel could be well received by the players. Mechanically, the game doesn't dive into any new functionalities and simply utilizes the Expanding Symbol feature both in the base game, as a random occurrence, and in the free spins, as the traditional format does. Linking that fan-favorite bonus with the possibility of scoring a full screen of matching symbols across 117,649 ways and landing that 10,000x max win sounds enticing, although it's not something we haven't seen numerous times before.
Visually, Book of Tut Megaways uses much of the same imagery as the original, including the overall environment and the symbols. However, they do look slightly more polished and crisp, proving that some work has been done to bring up the graphics quality. Winning animations also took a new form, appearing as a satisfying slam on the reels instead of the classic revolving around the axis. Nothing major, but noticeable and appreciated when comparing the two productions.