That’s why Legacy of Dead = Fail. “New” slot from Play’n GO


Back in November 2019, Play’n GO launched one more “new” title: Legacy of Dead. The company beat its industry colleagues with stealing and laziness in pursuit of quick profit and proved the absence of new creative ideas.

Until now, everybody’s favorite casino provider felt no shame to steal someone else’s ideas and games. However, this time Play’n GO surpassed itself. They firstly stole a Novoline’s game and then stole a sequel of the same game and after that, they managed to steal their own stuff and promote it like a brand-new and exclusive slot. It beats the Dutch!

Our viewers would definitely ask – how is it possible? Play’n GO is a trending company and opinion maker in the online gambling industry, after all.

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Book-of-Ra delux logo

So, it all started 9 years ago, when a small and little-known company put the snatch on the Novomatic’s exclusive game – Book of Ra Deluxe. The “new” game was dubbed Book of Dead. These 2 slots differed only in one respect: the 10th line. That is all! There are no more differences.  Speaking of the matter, Novomatic has still been at law with Play’n GO.

To be absolutely fair, it must be said that the interface and soundtrack of Book of Dead slot are streets ahead of Book of Ra. But the rest is pretty much the same: all the pics, multipliers, and features. The only unique feature that has not been managed to steal is an engaging atmosphere of Book of Ra slot. In all kinds of ways, Book of Dead cannot boast of it.

At the date of Book of Dead release, which was launched to conquer the German market, there were 2 main gambling giants – Merkur and Novoline. Novoline’s Book of Ra slot machine has always been the most popular game among German players. And 2 years ago, Play’n GO was so lucky at the casino, as no one has ever been before: Merkur and Novoline were to withdraw from the German market in order to continue their offline business. Book of Dead turned out to be the only Book of Ra Deluxe’s replica. Thus, Play’n GO’s title replaced Novoline exclusive product.

book of dead logo

It seemed like a no-brainer, they got extremely lucky once, and it was the time to stop poaching. There is even more reason for this, as Play’n GO is able to create an actual exclusive product! The company has brought many attractive innovations to the industry. For example, Reactoonz or Viking Runecraft. These slots are unique in many respects and most importantly, they are highly sought-after games. Unfortunately, Play’n GO stands its ground.

Novoline has recently released Book of Ra Deluxe modification – Book of Ra Magic. The principal difference is that there are 8 Free Spins instead of 10. However, the bonus here can be retriggered and a new random bonus icon is being picked and added as the second special symbol in a bonus game.

It is interesting to know that as months go by, our friends from Play’n GO have been working on Rise of Merlin slot and finally launched it. According to the tradition, Rise of Merlin became a replica of Book of Ra Magic. The only difference is also hereditary: the 10th line of the slot.

rise of merlin slot

Well, this time Play’n GO cared enough to change the symbols; there are no books and Merlin replaces the Explorer; the book symbol is replaced by a crystal ball. But the value and multipliers remain the same. Why did they not entitle the slot Book of Dead Magic? It would be funny, don’t you think so? Oh, they just cannot do it, because the action against Novomatic is still ongoing!

To say more about the design, it seems to be a hurry-scurry made, as everything looks cheap and nasty. It is obvious that Rise of Merlin slot has failed.

Thus, Play’n GO developers made a decision to smug their own idea, changing just a couple of symbols (from Book of Dead) and a soundtrack. The soundtrack is still a popular one because it is the same music and sounds, they use in Book of Dead.

So, they released Legacy of Dead.

Graphics and symbols

As we said before, Play’n GO was easy-going about the design: the developers just changed some symbols.

What icons have been changed? The Explorer was replaced by Tutankhamun and the Book (Scatter) was replaced by the Burial Chamber icon. If to talk about any graphics changes, they do not exist.

legcy of dead

Slot sounds

As you may know, Legacy of Dead sounds were borrowed of Book of Dead. I tried to notice something new, but I had no luck. The music and all feature sounds came from Book of Dead.


So, let us describe the “new” game. Legacy of Dead slot is just a new addition to the Legacy/Book/Dead series of games. If you have played one of these slots, it would seem like you know them all.

Like any title from the series, Legacy of Dead offers 5 reels, 3 rows, and 10 active lines. All the symbols here are well-drawn, as opposed to Rise of Merlin. As we mentioned above, almost all of them were borrowed of Book of Dead.

10 – Ace card royals are low-value ones; and the God Horus, a Pharaoh, Anubis, and Tutankhamun represent the high-value icons. Five-of-a-kind Tutankhamen payout 500x your initial stake. RTP of the slot is 96, 58 percent and the volatility is at a high level – 10/10. The max potential is 5,000x.

Features and Bonuses

The only bonus game here is Free Spins Round with expanding symbols. To get 8 FS you have to catch 3 or more scatters. Just before the bonus game starts, a scroll is unrolled, and one of the icons is selected randomly to become the special symbol. When this special symbol lands, it expands and covers a reel. There is no need to go into particulars because you know the mechanics.

One new feature (if we compare it with Book of Dead) is the row of symbols above the reels. When free spins are retriggered, one more special symbol is added. This process can be repeated until all the 9 icons are turned to be special and expandable at the same time.


This is the most disappointing verdict that we have ever made. Play’n GO kicked it up a notch in stealing: It is a skill to steal from themselves and other companies at the same time!

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Very negative Rating: 1 of 10

German fans of Book of Ra Magic slot have now one more alternative to enjoy gambling online


The idea was stolen again;
The plot does not drag in;
The game process is quite dull;
A worn-out design from Book of Dead;
Borrowed soundtrack.

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