Gates of Olympus slot game intro.

Gates of Olympus Introduction

Gates of Olympus is Greek mythology themed. Yes, we know that you can find ancient Greek mythology-themed slots left, right, and centre at most online casinos. For the most part, they are rather samey – crudely drawn imagery of pottery, pseudo-architectural squiggles, and maybe a bearded deity holding a thunderbolt.

Pragmatic Play has aimed to do something a little different with their slot. In fact, based on the imagery on its reels alone, you could be forgiven for not knowing that it was an ancient Greek-themed slot at all.

Of course, the giveaway is the title. Gates of Olympus focuses on the thunder god, Zeus, but the theme of the slot is a mere bystander, as the gameplay is the star of the show in this slot release. Pragmatic Play’s take on the genre offers six reels; it sports a tumbling reels mechanic, buy-a-bonus modes, and a theoretically unlimited number of free spins.

In short, this game has all the hallmarks needed to do battle and readily crush similarly themed pretenders.

Gates of Olympus Simply Offers More

Your average nickel-and-dime Greek mythology-themed slot offers five reels and twenty-odd lines. Gates of Olympus is bolder – it promises six reels and a Win All Ways payline structure. How does that work? Think scatters. It essentially bequeaths a scatter pays mechanic to every symbol on its reels.

Before you think that this will result in frequent wins, there’s something you should know – this slot is highly volatile, and we do mean that. Moreover, you’ll need an eight-of-a-kind combo (again, located anywhere on the reels) to pocket a win.

Varying RTP rates can be expected, depending on whether you’re playing the game “au natural”, using the ante bet option, or the full-on buy-a-bonus mode. More on those shortly. Having a crack at the game is going to set you back R0.60 up to R2,000 a spin. That’s quite an impressive betting range. Any win you do score on the reels will see a cascading (tumbling reels) mechanic come into play. As usual, winning emblems are removed, with new ones dropping in their stead.

Magic Multipliers Ramp Up the Prizes

Successfully chaining together successive wins on the spin can result in multipliers being landed. This is not done in the conventional way (guaranteed multipliers). Instead, multipliers pop up on symbols. Several multipliers can be added together before being applied to whatever you won after the current cascade. Those multipliers reset following a loss.

Gates of Olympus Slot Layout
Gates of Olympus Slot Game Layout

Free Spins Feature

Gates of Olympus does have dedicated scatter symbols. Four is enough to trigger a free spin round, for which you’re given an initial fifteen free spins. That might not sound like much, but wait until you see what else it offers.

Free Spins Feature Video

Unlimited Free Spins

While spinning through your fifteen free games, Pragmatic Play’s slot will apply multipliers, just as in the base game. However, these do not reset following a losing spin. Rather, they will grow progressively, with other multipliers being added to the total, until the end of the round.

Retrigger Free Spins

You can also prolong that round by bagging further scatters, with just three enough to add another five free spins to your tally – and here’s the key part: you can do this indefinitely.

Double Chance to Win Feature

For 25% of your total bet (on top), the game will chuck a few extra scatters on the reels, boosting your chance of landing the feature.

Bonus Buy or Buy Free Spins

Players eager to dive straight into the potentially prosperous free spins feature can trigger it automatically by selecting the “Buy Free Spins” option. If you’re prepared to shell out 100x your stake, you can begin in the bonus round directly.

Gates of Olympus – Our Verdict

Throughout this entire review, you’ll notice that we’ve omitted something. There’s no mention of a wild. There isn’t one. However, the features that this slot does have do go some way to offset that seemingly major disadvantage.

Whether we consider its features, graphics, or general gameplay, Gates of Olympus is strikingly different from many other Greek mythology-themed slots that came before it. It’s well worth a look, but don’t expect it to be a walk in the park.

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