Tome of Madness Slot Review
Tome of Madness Introduction
With Tome of Madness, Play’n GO have launched a new addition to their Rich Wilde slots series. Officially titled, Rich Wilde and the Tome of Madness, this game is a follow up to the ever-popular Book of the Dead slot game and was released in June 2019. Rich Wilde’s latest adventure is, hopefully, set to become even more popular than its predecessor. It follows a very similar layout and design to the one that made the original such a hit. Rich Wilde and the Tome of Madness has 5 reels with 10 paylines and a new horror-based theme to explore.
The game keeps with the formula that made Book of the Dead such a popular slot game. With a minimum bet value of 0.10 and a maximum bet value of 100, as well as a free play version, Tome of Madness is available to all players no matter how much they want to bet. All of this together means that a player can potentially win a maximum of $200 000 ie a 2000x jackpot.
Tome of Madness Theme
The game is another addition to the Rich Wilde collection. After his adventures in Pearls of India, Aztec Idols and Book of the Dead, Rich Wilde has found himself in another setting where he has to deal with the supernatural. This time around, Rich Wilde has found himself in contact with the eldritch horror that is the ancient one, Cthulhu.
Tome of Madness, opens with a HP Lovecraft quote from his writings on the ‘The Nameless City’, namely:
“That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die”
The objective of the game is to help our hero, Rich Wilde, investigate the mystery surrounding Cthulhu and find the legendary Tome of Madness. The symbols used in the game are all items related to the world of Cthulhu, from:
- Ceremonial Daggers
- Cthulhu Masks and Medallions
- Portal Effects
- to strange rubies
Tome of Madness Features
There are many special features in the game which seek to help differentiate the game from other slot machines. The game supports a wide variety of languages, bonus rounds, high maximum bets, wild symbols, autoplay, and quick spin features.
In keeping with the theme of the Cthulhu and other eldritch horrors, Tome of Madness features a special Portal that governs many of the special features of the game. Players are able to charge the portal with winning symbols. Depending on the amount of winning symbols in a winning round, the portal will do anything from summoning extra wild symbols to accessing bonus rounds.
Charging Gate to launch Bonus Round
The Bonus round for the Rich Wilde and the Tome of Madness is called the Other World. Players can enter the Other World by charging the gate with winning symbols. In the Other World, players even have the chance of summoning Cthulhu to help them win big.
It takes 42 winning symbols to enter the bonus round, so it is not the easiest bonus round to gain access to. But the potential winnings, once entering the bonus round help to make the difficulty of accessing the Other World, worth it.
High Limit Slots
The maximum winning amount on Rich Wilde and the Tome of Madness, is $200 000. Players are able to set a maximum bet value of 100. This means of course that the highest possible return available in the game is an excellent 2000:1 return. In order to get this maximum, a player would have to access the Rich Wilde symbol which helps to double the value of any winnings on the board.
The game has 2 regular Wilds: The Rich Wilde symbol and the Necronomicon symbol – just like the name (Rich Wilde and the Tome of Madness) suggests – The Wild Symbols can be used to replace any of the other symbols to create a winning cluster of symbols along any of the 10 paylines. The Rich Wilde symbol also comes with the added bonus of doubling any winnings when he appears.
Auto Play is available on the Rich Wilde and the Tome of Madness, helping to make the game easier to play. Just click the button at the bottom left to access the Auto play menu where you can set stopping criteria for your Auto Play.
Mega Wild Symbol
The slot game features a mega wild, which is a symbol that offers wilds on more than one tile. The mega wild is in the shape of an ancient one/monster. This is perhaps the most interesting part of the Rich Wilde and the Tome of Madness scenario – seeing a tentacled god-like figure descending on your slot to help you win your jackpot is certainly one of the more unique experiences from themed slots and is massively fun to watch happen.
A quick spin feature is available and the option to activate the quick spin feature will automatically pop up if clicking the spin function.
Special Wilds During Bonus Game
As mentioned before, the portal meter found at the top right governs the activation of many of the abilities. Depending on the number of symbols that the portal absorbs, the effect activated will be different. Some of the effects allow for more symbols to be added with the special effects ie a special wild symbol can appear that will allow for all symbols in a single row to be absorbed into the portal alongside the original symbols. The table below summarises the effects for the portal and how many symbols, it takes to activate.
|Number of Symbols||Effect Activated|
|7||2 wild symbols replace 2 random symbols|
|14||If one of the wilds added previously forms part of a winning cluster, then the Abyss effect will activate which will add all the symbols in that row/column.|
|27||If one of the wilds added previously forms part of a winning cluster, then the Void effect will activate which will randomly select one of the other symbols and remove all its duplicates.|
|42||Activates the Bonus Round – The Other World|
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Tome of Madness Symbols and Pay Table
Wins are achieved when 4 or more matching symbols are touching each other either vertically or horizontally or a combination of both.
Winning tiles will explode and be replaced with tiles falling down into the gaps.
Tome of Madness Rating
Rich Wilde and the Tome of Madness, gets a 88 from us. While the game has the same polish to it of the other Rich Wilde games in terms of fantastic visual and sound design, the game does lack some fun game modes when compared to the Book of Dead. There aren’t free spins to be triggered in the game and there isn’t a gamble to be made, which is surprising given the Book of Dead’s success with those game elements. And to top it all off, the bonus round is fairly difficult to trigger. This all results in a game that is sure to be entertaining for a little bit with its aesthetic but the lack of active gameplay when compared to Book of Dead, makes this game a bit monotonous.
In short, while Rich Wilde and the Tome of Madness provides a welcome and well-executed theme change to one of the most popular slot games of all time in Book of Dead, the game itself is let down by the stripping of some key features. The addition of the Other World bonus round does go a long way to fix that but it is overall frustratingly rare for the bonus round to trigger. That’s why we can only give the game 88 despite its excellent design. Because while a good game in its own right – we expect that many will find themselves back at the old favorite Book of Dead, sooner rather than later.