According to Greek mythology, it was the primordial deities who gave birth to the Titans. The Titan's offspring became known as the Greek Gods, including three of the mightiest: Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. Welcome to the 5×5 back (reels x rows) and vertical/horizontal paylines slot Rise of Olympus from Play'n GO, where prizes can reach up to a staggering 5,000x your bet!
Meet the most powerful of all Greek Gods: Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. Together, these deities hold dominion over the sky, sea and earth. The reels' setting depends on the active god during the game, so you may find yourself deep below the ice-cold ocean, among the clouds or deep among the volcanic streams below the earth. Not surprisingly, there are 3 top-paying symbols of each god. It is also possible to form a winning combination of gods. A lightning bolt, a trident, a helmet and a harp represents the 4 bottom-paying symbols. Epic instrumental music flows perfectly in tune with the phenomenal artwork.
The artistic workmanship is on full display with the three animated Greek Gods that take turns standing to the reels' right. A gold coin of Pegasus is the wild that substitutes for all the other symbols. This coin can also form its own payline rewarding up to 50x your bet in groups of 5!
A differentiating mechanic relative to others is how payouts are made. Rather than standard paylines, three or more identical symbols, vertically or horizontally adjacent to one another, forms a win. Greek god symbols are unique as their power also allows them to create wins when combined.
After being credited for a winning combination, these same winning combinations of symbols are removed, and symbols drop down to fill in the spaces. The exception is the middle space where a wild is placed, representing a great chance to win again. Furthermore, consecutive drops increase the value of a Drop Multiplier that is applied to your winnings.
Proving that there's a silver lining to every cloud, The Hand of God feature can be randomly triggered on any losing round. The god that is currently standing to the right of the reels demonstrates his power. Hades will transform a set of symbols into another symbol, while Zeus will destroy two sets of symbols, so they are removed from the grid. Poseidon will add 1-2 wilds to any space on the playing area.
Combining the powers of all three gods is The Wrath of Olympus feature. Here, Zeus, Poseidon and Hades display their abilities. A three-section meter sits to the reels' left, collecting winning combinations of symbols to help fill the meter: 3 (five-of-a-kind), 2 (four-of-a-kind) and 1(three-of-a-kind). Each of the Greek deities takes turns unleashing their abilities until there are no further drops. These powers can increase the frequency and magnitude of wins. The incredible Free Spins feature is unlocked by clearing all the symbols from the playing area. Aside from winning an instant prize of 100x your bet, it also allows you to choose between three Free Spins options:
Hades 4 Free Spins
Poseidon 5 Free Spins
Zeus 8 Free Spins
Players can collect up to a total of 20 Free Spins through retriggers
Rise of Olympus has an RTP of 96.50%, with volatility described as very high. This could mean players will need to top up their player account if they want to play longer, but on the other hand, the infrequent wins can be more substantial.
Like other casino games sharing this theme, Greek mythology's rich source material makes these games highly entertaining. Of course, it takes a developer like Play'n GO to put it all together with high-end graphics, soundtrack and features.
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