John Hunter and the Book of Tut

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John Hunter is a beloved protagonist from the creators of Pragmatic Play. And now he’s the star of another slot, yet again. The difference is that this slot (unlike the two others) has a high variance. In other words, John Hunter has become Hotter!

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John Hunter and the Book of Tut (Pragmatic Play) – Yes, another high-variance Book of Ra slot, once again

He already played a leading role in the slots:

  • John Hunter and the Aztec Treasure
  • John Hunter and the Tomb of the Scarab Queen

In terms of originality, it’s the umpteenth Book of Ra version we’ve seen.

Software: Pragmatic Play

Number of paylines: 10 fixed paylines

RTP and variance: 96.5%, Medium to High variance

Maximum win: 5,500 x the total bet, or $€0.55 million

Betting range: €0,10 – €100

Bonus features: Free spins, Expanding symbols

Casino Hipster verdict: Pretty good (for another Book of Ra clone)

Why are Book of Ra-type slots so popular and continue to be so? Of course, they are mysterious and thrilling.

The expanding special symbols give players the feeling that they can win sky-high prizes. It helps that slots like the Book of Dead slot have a proven track record in that area.

Win grand prizes of up to 5,500 times the bet

The maximum win on this slot is 5,500 times your total stake.

You can bet up to a hundred, so you can take half a million! Right!

Book of Tut slot – Gameplay and Features

Book of Tut has 10 fixed paylines and the usual 5 reels with 3 symbols per reel.

The most lucrative symbol is John Hunter himself, which allows you to land a prize of no less than 500x the bet for a 5-of-a-kind.

The Pharaoh mask is also good for 250x the bet.

However, the Pharaoh book is the most attractive symbol, in the sense that it delivers excellent prizes, but also because it acts as a Wild symbol as well as a Scatter symbol.

How do you get the Free spins? Spin 3 books in the main game or buy them using the Buy Free Spins feature.

To get access to the free spins, you need a minimum of 3 scatters (Pharaoh books) anywhere on the reels.

Another option is to buy the free spins with the help of the Buy Free Spins Feature (Buy a Bonus Feature). The cost for the Buy a Bonus feature is 100x the total stake.

Now you get 10 free spins, which can be retriggered without limit.

The Free spins with the well-known expanding symbols

With the free spins, you get a special symbol assigned, which acts as an expanding scatter.

With this feature, the symbol (if it appears somewhere on a reel) expands across the entire reel. Furthermore, the symbols don’t need to be adjacent. Nor do these have to be on the first reel, to be part of a winning combo.

You’re more than a happy man if John Hunter is the special symbol AND appears on all 5 reels. Then you’ll have the full screen with John Hunters.

With a win of 5.000x the bet, you’re very close to the top prize!

Payout percentage (RTP)

The standard payout percentage of the Book of Tut is 96.5%. This also applies to the RTP of the Buy Free Spins Feature. The latter is somewhat disappointing, given that most slots offer a Buy a Bonus Feature with an RTP of 97% or even more.

Book of Tut slot – a medium to high variance

The variance of Book of Tut is (according to Pragmatic Play ) “high”. I qualify the variance of Book of Tut as medium to high. I expect most top prizes to be around 500x to 1.000x the stakes.

I do not often see these sky-high prizes at Pragmatic Play slots. So with this slot, we need to see it first before we believe it.

Book of Tut slot – pros and cons of this slot



  • Exciting until the end. Insane prizes are in the air, thanks to those collapsing symbols.
  • Interestingly, you do have the Buy Free Spins Feature here, which is not the case for the vast majority of Book of Ra slots.
  • Massive prize potential


  • It’s more of the same—nothing more and nothing less.
  • You run the risk of losing your balance if you don’t take that one big prize.
  • RTP of the Buy a Bonus Feature is a bit disappointing
  • The music, when you win a prize, does not make any sense.
  • It’s a Night of the Proms song. Pragmatic Play completely misses the mark here.

Book of Tut slot – who will like the slot? And who won’t?

Like most Book of Ra slots, this slot is exciting and mysterious. That continues to appeal to many players.

Unfortunately, this slot does not score marks for originality or innovation.

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