Like a lightning bolt from above Ancient Fortunes: Zeus slot arrives
Triple Edge Studios signed an agreement to produce a number of exclusive slots for Microgaming a shot while back and their latest offering is an exciting 10 pay line, win both ways slot called Ancient Fortunes: Zeus.
The slot boasts a number of exciting features, not to mention an exciting Rolling Reels bonus available throughout the base game and Free Spins, which comes with its own multiplier trail too.
This medium variance offering is a perfect choice for players of all bankroll sizes as it can be played from as little as 0.10 per spin up to a maximum of 70.00 per spin. The biggest jackpot, when played at the maximum bet level is around 4,375 coins for a single line win in the base game, but of course, with Rolling Reels in play, the value of this win can increase dramatically with successive Rolling Reels wins.
So how does this new slot from Microgaming look? Let's take a closer look at the game and find out.
- Game: Zeus: Ancient Fortunes
- Developer: Triple Edge Studios (for Microgaming)
- Reels: 5x3
- Pay Lines: 10 (non-selectable) pays both ways
- Minimum Bet: 0.10
- Maximum Bet: 70.00
- Jackpot: 4,375 coins
- Free Spins Bonus: Yes
- Other Bonuses: Yes
- Progressive: No
- Volatility: Medium
If you have played another Microgaming classic with Rolling Reels, Jungle Jim El Dorado, then the look and feel of the Ancient Fortunes: Zeus slot will look entirely familiar. Rather than reels in the traditional sense, each of the symbols is arranged into a block, which drop down from above onto the positions on each of the five reels.
Then of course, when you land a win, the Rolling Reels bonus activates and the winning symbols will disappear after you have been awarded your win, with new symbols dropping down from above to replace them on the reels, which can then trigger subsequent wins and a bigger sized multiplier to apply to them.
The sound of the Ancient Fortunes: Zeus slot is excellent too with some lovely effects and a booming introduction. The setting of the slot in the clouds of Mount Olympus, is also perfectly apt and all in all, this is a very good-looking slot which is very reminiscent of the Jungle Jim slot I mentioned earlier. If you loved that game, as many people did, then you are going to love Ancient Fortunes: Zeus too.
The big thing to remember on the slot though is that although it has just 10 pay lines, they do pay both right to left and left to right across the reels, which offers you double the opportunities to win on the slot.
What is on the reels?
There are a number of different symbols in the game and each is linked to Greek mythology in some way. The lower value symbols are all creatures from mythology, including snakes, a vulture, the Kraken and what appears to be a big cat of some sort (although what it is exactly, I am not 100% sure).
The higher value symbols are all the faces of some of the big hitters in the world of Greek Gods and includes Ares, Hermes, Poseidon and Dionysus. Ares, the God of War, is the higher value symbol of the quartet offering wins of up to 62.5x your stake for any five-symbol win across one of the ten lines.
Where is Zeus, whom the slot is named after, you may ask? Well Zeus is on the reels too as the Wild symbol in the game and there is another bonus symbol on the reels too which is the Thunderbolt, which serves as the Scatter symbol and we'll explore what these symbols do in the sections below.
Rolling Reels is active in the base game and successive wins will trigger multiplier wins starting at 1x for your triggering win and then increasing to 2x, 3x and finally 7x if you manage to trigger three or more Rolling Reels wins in succession following the base game win.
The golden symbol of Zeus is the Wild symbol in the game and he is simply used as a substitute for other symbols, although it can be landed anywhere on the five reels to help create wins in the base game and also when you land Rolling Reels, it can help produce additional wins when this bonus triggers.
There's no cash prize for landing successive Wilds across the reels, which is a tad disappointing, but the more Wilds landed does offer you a greater chance of landing a higher value win.
Free Spins features
The Lightning Bolt symbol is the key to the Free Spins bonus game. You need to land three or more of the symbols on the reels to trigger the bonus and if you land three, you get 10 Free Spins, four will see you pocket 15 Free Spins while land all five of the Scatters and you receive the maximum 20 Free Spins.
However, you do need to land the symbols on one of the ten pay lines in the slot in order to trigger Free Spins, which can make doing so somewhat problematic. However, once you trigger Free Spins, you can trigger additional Free Spins from within the bonus game, which means you can extend your bonus round further.
Rolling Reels are in operation during Free Spins and the Multiplier Trail increases in value from the standard values in the base game (which are 1x, 2x, 3x and 7x) to 3x, 7x, 11x and 21x, which means that your chances of landing a bigger value win, especially in the Rolling Reels bonus are considerably higher.
Best feature of the Ancient Fortunes: Zeus slot
The Free Spins bonus round is a potentially lucrative way to win on the Ancient Fortunes: Zeus slot, but in truth it is only because of the Rolling Reels bonus that this is the case and as such, it is this bonus, which is active in the base game which is the real star of the show on the slot. The Wild wins and Scatter symbols are relatively benign on the game and have limited effect so it is really the Rolling Reels that are the star of the show here.
Ancient Fortunes: Zeus is a very enjoyable slot, especially if you are a fan of the Rolling Reels feature. This bonus is what makes this game so playable. With just ten pay lines, even though they pay both ways across the reels, it can be frustrating to come to this slot from, say a 243 ways to win slot, and have seemingly fewer wins, but the Rolling Reels bonus makes those wins much more valuable. The Free Spins bonus could be a little easier to trigger at times, but it is worth the wait with that massive multiplier trail value increase meaning Rolling Reels wins in Free Spins can be huge. This is a fun and enjoyable medium variance slot to play that has been very nicely presented by Triple Edge Studios.
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