A Princely Offering?
If you’re a fan of the Classical genre then the Prince of Olympus slot, one of Playtech’s Age Of The Gods series, could tempt you onto the reels for this Greek God themed mega game. This slot design powerhouse also makes games such as the Space Invaders slot and the Flintstones. The Age of Gods range is a somewhat more classical set of games.
I am self-confessed fan the Age Of The God series, they usually provide a rollicking ride with their crisp graphics, stirring music, and most important of all, the lashings of extras to make sure that gameplay is heaven sent.
Prince of Olympus is no exception, the game is crammed full of extras with bonus features, free games and the series stalwart; its juicy progressive Jackpot.
The game is all about that big muscled classical hero Hercules, son of Zeus, King of the immortals, and the hero who overcame the famous Herculean Labours (the impossible tasks). This game is a nod to this Princely immortal and his adventuring prowess, as the player takes on that same adventuring mantle and prepares to battle the monsters and madness themselves.
So how does the Prince of Olympus measure up to its siblings in the series? Was I going to have my hopes dashed on the rocks of despair, or was I going to be merrily sipping the nectar of the Gods? I got stuck in to find out.
Good looks, its got a truck load! Compare this to earlier Playtech games like Cowboys and Aliens and you can appreciate just how far things have moved on.
As I have come to expect, Prince of Olympus, is a good looking number. The graphics look high-end with rich colours and image quality that wouldn’t look out of place in a movie. There’s also the big drama soundtrack of an immortal battle to keep the play alive.
Prince of Olympus is a Playtech slot with 5 reels, 3 rows 25 pay-lines. They also make games like the Love Boat slot machine, Top Gun and the Flintstones.
There is also an Autoplay and Turbo mode for those of you who like to lay back and watch those reels spin!
The high value icons are straight out of the labours of Hercules with Cerberus, the three headed dog, the golden apples of Hesperides, and a club and jewelled belt. The low value icons are the A-9 of the card deck.
The Wild is the rather imposing head of the bearded Hercules himself wearing the skin of the Nemean Lion on his head (one of the victims of the tasks); this substitutes for all icons except for the Scatter and the Bonus.
The Wild does come with some heroic extras of its own; this is Herculean Strength, with locked expanding Wilds – a favourite feature of mine.
If you can get the big boy himself on the centre of reel 3 then you get a locked expanding Wild with Hercules bursting through the reel and 2 respins.
If you can grab the Wild on reels 2, 3 and 4 then you can unleash your Herculean Strength to have a 3 reel expanding Wild with 1 respin.
The Scatter is the word Hercules and grabbing 3 or more Scatters anywhere on the reels in the base game allows you to rev it up with 10 free games and a 3x multiplier.
Once you’re in the free spin mode, 3 Scatters will trigger further free games. But beware, you can’t get that Hydra Bonus while you’re in your free games.
The scary 9 headed Hydra (snake-like monster) is the Prince of Olympus’ Bonus and this is where the real fun comes in this series – in these extra features.
If you can attract the horrid Hydra (Bonus) onto reels 1 and 5 then you enter the Hydra Bonus. You can join the hero himself in taking on that great big monster by firing arrows – if you hit a snake head you win cash! But if you get the monster with a sword then you get a multiplier of up to x5. Just to keep game play super dramatic, there’s also a randomly triggered and very satisfying Hercules Rage extra, which destroys all the Hydra’s heads and gives you all 7 prizes.
The game’s progressive jackpot is in a similar vein to the others in the Age Of The Gods series, with a grid of 20 golden coins. Turn the coins and find 3 Jackpots of a kind and win. There are four different Jackpots from Power to Ultimate Power up for grabs.
I was not disappointed by this game, it’s sure pretty and the extras are just ace. I really loved the Hydra Bonus and Hercules Rage, I’ll be back, this is a game that is no “labour” to play!