Return of the Dead Slot

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Return of the Dead slot is an October 2020 release from Pragmatic Play. It’s yet another “Book of” type slot, but does it have anything new to offer players and does it even need to in order to be a success? This type of slot has generally been a winner so let us now take a deeper look and see if Pragmatic Play have nailed it here or if they have somehow managed to miss the mark. 

Return of the Dead Slot Review (Pragmatic Play)
  • Base Game
  • Bonuses
  • Sound and Graphics
  • Value for Money


Return of the Dead is a slot which repeats a winning formula. There’s nothing new here but there doesn’t really need to be. It will make a nice addition to the “Book of” selection of slots for players and will certainly be getting some gameplay from myself due to the high 96.71% RTP. 


Return of the Dead Slot Stats






Pragmatic Play

Max Payout:


Min Bet:

0.1 Coins

Max Bet:

250 Coins







Release Date:

October 22nd 2020

How it Pays and Plays

Set on 5 reels with 3 rows Return of the Dead has 10 fixed paylines. It’s a highly volatile slot which is marked as 5/5 on the variance scale, the max win is 5,000x and the RTP stands at 96.71% which is pretty high, higher than Book of Dead, Legacy of Dead and way higher than the original Book of Ra or any of it’s incarnations.  You can play anywhere from 0.1 coins to 250 coins of your local currency. 

Return of the Dead features to classic expanding symbol free spins round which we’ll look at more closely below. 

Symbols and Graphics

Return of the Dead is set in Egypt on the background of the Pyramids at sunset, you can see the sun setting behind a Pyramid shining quite brightly and through the glowing black and orange sky. The reels have a grey/black coloured wall type background with hieroglyphic writing on it. The reels have a gold top to them and the logo name of the slot resting there. It looks ok but nothing particularly special. 

Sound effects and music are pretty standard with an ancient Egyptian theme to them, suiting the slot very well and helping you get immersed into the gameplay.

Lower paying symbols are 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace. Premiums are, in ascending order, a Golden Jewelled Scarab Beetle, the bird god Horus, Tutankhamun and then we have our hero, John Hunter as the top paying symbol and the main protagonist of these Pragmatic Play Egyptian themed slots, he actually looks pretty real and at first i thought it was an actual photo.

There are also Scatter symbols which are red books with “Return of the Dead” written on them in gold writing. They also act as Wild symbols.

return of dead paytable

Free Spins Bonus

Return of the Dead offers the standard free spins bonus which is applicable to virtually all book of slots. You need to land 3, 4 or 5 Scatters to get 10 free spins to trigger which will also give you 2x, 20x and 200x respectively. Although getting more than 3 Scatter symbols won’t give you any additional free spins you can retrigger the free spins an unlimited amount of times by landing 3 or more Scatters again. 

Once you have landed the 3 Scatter symbols you’ll see the Return of the Dead book open and flick through its pages to reveal a special symbol. This symbol will then expand when you get 3 of a kind or 2 of a kind if you were awarded with a premium symbol. It then pays on all 10 win lines. The symbols don’t need to be next to each other to form a win, they just need to land anywhere in view and they will expand. 

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