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Unravelling the Golden Legacy: The History of Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead

Join us as we embark on a journey through time to explore the rich history and captivating mythos of one of the most iconic online slots in the world: Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead slot.

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Whilst we wait for Rich Wilde and the Tome of Insanity, let’s journey back into the past to learn more about how the legendary adventurer came to be… 

The birth of an icon 

Step back to January 14, 2016, when Play’n GO released the threequel to the cult classic Pearls of India (2014) and Aztec Idols (2013), starring the hero in his third-ever adventure – the one that truly cemented his legacy.  

Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead re-introduced players to the enigmatic explorer Richard “Rich” Wilde, who ventured into the heart of Ancient Egypt in search of the powerful Book of Dead – an artefact with the power to create Special Expanding Symbols. The game's immersive storyline, stunning visuals, and innovative features quickly captured the imagination of players worldwide, cementing its status as a modern classic in the online gaming landscape. 

Why is the Book of Dead so popular? 

The slot’s popularity is simple – it’s down to its gameplay innovation that intertwines with the sand-covered narrative. Book of Dead transports players to the mystical realm of Ancient Egypt, where Rich Wilde navigates through a labyrinth beneath the dunes to decipher some reel ancient mysteries.

In the heart of the Book of Dead lies its iconic feature: the Expanding Symbol. Triggered by landing three Scatter Symbols on the reels, players unlock the gateway to ten Free Spins. Here, the magic of the Expanding Symbol unfolds. Before the Free Spin sequence begins, a symbol is selected at random to become the Special Expanding Symbol for the duration of the Free Spins. As the reels spin, this chosen symbol has the power to expand, covering all three positions on its reel, potentially leading to thrilling wins. 

The Special Expanding Symbol only expands when it contributes to winning combinations along active paylines. What's more, these symbols don't need to be adjacent to each other to form winning combinations, adding an extra layer of excitement to the gameplay. 

But the adventure doesn't end there. Landing three or more Scatter Symbols during the Free Spins re-triggers the feature, granting an additional ten Free Spins – prolonging the quest for ancient riches and untold treasures. 

Unpacking the Book of Dead’s influence 

Building on the success of the Book of Dead, Play’n GO formally introduced fans to the Wildes and their extended game family tree. From Rich’s daughter Cat Wilde (who’s teamed up with her father in a slot adventure of their own) to the shadowy Uncle Gerard who takes centre stage in Gerard’s Gambit (2023) – the Wilde family’s iconic namesake was cemented by the Book of Dead

Expanding beyond the sands of Egypt, the Wilde titles have taken players on a whirlwind adventure across various realms, with each instalment adding depth and excitement with every spin.  

Cat Wilde, the intrepid daughter of Rich Wilde, steps into her father’s footsteps in Cat Wilde and the Doom of Dead (2020), embarking on her quest to uncover ancient treasures and secrets. With gameplay mechanics reminiscent of her father’s adventures, Cat Wilde brings a fresh perspective to the Wilde family legacy. 

In Cat Wilde in the Eclipse of the Sun God (2021), players join Cat on a journey through the jungles of South America in search of the legendary Eclipse Idol. Packed with thrilling features and stunning visuals, this instalment offers players an immersive experience that is both familiar and exhilarating. 

Gerard’s Gambit gives players a warm welcome to the enigmatic Uncle Gerard – a shadowy figure with a penchant for danger and mystery. This globe-trotting instalment sees players unravelling a web of intrigue and deception as they navigate the globe. With each new addition to the Wilde series, Play’n GO has continued to push the boundaries of innovation and storytelling, captivating players with immersive gameplay and unforgettable characters.  

What’s next for Rich Wilde? 

As we reflect on the remarkable journey of the Book of Dead and the Wilde series, we can't help but anticipate the next chapter in this epic saga, Rich Wilde and the Tome of Insanity. Pitting Yog-Sothoth, the ancient terror, against our hero – this Lovecraftian-inspired foe promises to showcase the power of his All-Seeing Wild(e) Eye, his Portal of Chaos and the Dammed Ritual Mega Wilds. Pulling from The Book of Dead’s playbook, this title will build on top of the foundations set by the legendary 2016 title, fusing it with the narrative pathos found in Rich Wilde and the Tome of Madness (2019).  

Looking for more? 

Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead isn’t just a tale of an iconic slot game – it's a testament to the enduring power of storytelling and imagination in the world of iGaming. If you’re looking for more, check out the Wilde series landing page, where you can demo the Wilde (or Dead) series for free below. 




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