Imagine living in an era when Gods walked among the common people, making their lives quite interesting and to some extent complicated. Having the gift of immortality, Greek Gods found their eternal lives dull and decided to live them as mortals, meaning they partied most of the time.
Zeus was the mightiest of them all and his greatest passion was for mortal women with whom he often had children. Though these stories belong in the mythology department, legends about this mischievous God and his many adventures remained interesting to people and became inspiration for many of works of art.
This time around, the God of thunder is the main protagonist in a video slot designed by Triple Edge Studios, released by Microgaming. The game is packed with action, owing to the Rolling Reels Feature and a Free Spins Round that could reward you with up to 50 spins and a 21x Multiplier.
Microgaming needs no introduction for they are one of the premium software development companies. Established in 1994 they have emerged as a leading provider with operators like Carmen Media Group, Fortune Lounge Group and the Palace Group using their software. Microgaming has over 500 games that are available both in download and flash mode and newer ones are being released in HTML5 format to make them more cross-platform compatible.
How to Play it
Ancient Fortunes Zeus boasts a 5-reel, 3-row layout configured to 10 fixed paylines. You can set the total bet between $0.10 up to $70.00 per spin. If you decide to play the game with the highest possible wager, just press the Max Bet button. Otherwise, adjust your stake in the betting menu and start the game by tapping Spin. A great advantage of this slot that certainly helps increase wins is that payouts are awarded when symbols appear on consecutive reels on a winline from left to right and right to left, beginning with initial positions. Winnings are then multiplied by the line bet. Gamblers can also choose between 10 and 100 automatic spins to continue without interruption by activating Autoplay.
We are already used to Microgaming’s passion for making slots with top-notch designs. They haven’t disappointed us, for the visuals are spectacular, with rich colors and meticulous detail. We are taken up into the cloudy top of Mount Olympus where Gods used to dwell but left on the gates from where we can marvel Zeus’s golden palace with thunder hammering.
The Rolling Reels Feature enables all symbols that are part of a winning combination to be removed from the grid, making room for new icons that carry a chance of additional wins. As long as you are on a winning streak, the Multiplier will grow, reaching a value of 7x.
Acquire at least 3 Scatters on a payline to trigger the Free Spins Game. 3, 4 or 5 Scatters will respectively reward you with 10, 15 and 20 free spins and since the Bonus can be triggered on multiple winlines, you could be looking at up to 50 freebies. To top it all off the Multiplier during Free Spins increases with each win and can reach 21x. Great opportunities at huge prizes await you during this feature, and if you are lucky enough, re-triggering it will shoot up your balance.
Zeus represents Wilds which is all-powerful when it comes to replacing other symbols, including Scatter, to form win combos. Wild appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 only.
Various Greek Gods stand for high-value icons but don’t bring as hefty payouts that would meet our expectations. The highest prize of 62.5x your bet is awarded by Ares, the god of war and the game’s top payout is worth a mere 1,000x the total stake. Bear in mind that this is a medium variance slot with a theoretical Return to Players caped at 96.02%.
Despite spectacular visuals, an interesting topic and some standard features, we would have liked it better if Ancient Fortunes Zeus offered more prize-wise. What enhances the gameplay, adding a bit excitement, is the Multiplier which keeps growing for as long as wins occur on the grid.