- Orb Multipliers can be up to 500x
- Bonus Round with non-resettable progressive multiplier
- Win up to 5000x
- Pay Anywhere engine works great
- Greek gods/gems theme can hardly be called original
- The RTP is adjustable, be careful!
- Not likely to suit low-risk players
Players who have a lot of experience playing casino games will probably notice that Gates of Olympus by Pragmatic Play slot is heavily inspired by Sweet Bonanza. But it’s far from a rework job, and the tweaks and improvements more than guarantee another exciting release!
The Greek mythology theme and visual presentation is not bold, but it does the job well. The Pay Anywhere combination mechanism means that 8 to 12 matching symbols anywhere in view will win. This means that there are no paylines in the game.
The Bonanza bonus round multiplier has been carried over into the base game here and has also been greatly improved. The max win might be less, but it’s still decent and seems much more achievable!
Gates of Olympus Volatility and RTP
We don’t like the growing fad for RTP ranges, but that doesn’t change the fact that providers release such games year after year. For Gates of Olympus, the returns are 96.50%, 95.51% and 94.50%. The RTP of the slot depends on which casino you play at and you should be careful not to get the lowest of them.
Now let’s move on to the level of risk. The volatility is high, high enough that we cannot recommend this slot for newbies and players with a small bankroll. However, it is thanks to the high volatility here that you can win up to 5,000x your bet!
Playing field, lines and bets
The playing field, which seems to be in the abode of Zeus, consists of 6 reels in 5 rows and makes combinations according to the Pay Anywhere system. You can make combinations of 8-9, 10-11, or 12+ matching symbols anywhere on the reels – no paylines required!
The betting range is from 0.2 to 100 coins per spin and the first thing you have to decide is if you want to activate the ante bet. This means you will pay 25% more per spin, but it also doubles your chances of triggering the Bonus Round.
During both the base game and the Bonus Round, the tumble feature comes into play with every win. This special feature removes all winning symbols to make room for new symbols falling from above. By the way, this process is repeated until you stop getting new winning combinations. This allows you to win more!
It’s time to look at what the paytable offers us. Opening it we see the Scatter symbol in the form of Zeus. It, like other symbols, pays on any position and can appear on any reel. Its peculiarity is that it can trigger a Bonus Round. There is no Wild symbol in this slot, since there are no standard combinations on paylines that it can complete. Now let’s take a look at all the symbols and all possible payouts:
Gates of Olympus Bonus Features
Zeus slides to the right and can randomly trigger the lucrative multiplier feature. When this happens, colorful winged gems will land on the playing field with multiplier values from 2x to 500x. All multipliers are added together to increase your total win from the sequence. Multiplier Orbs can spawn both in the base game and during the Bonus Round, and we’ll take a look at the latter right now.
Gates of Olympus Bonus Round
So, the Bonus Round will be triggered when you get at least 4 Scatters on 1 spin. No matter how many trigger symbols land you will get 15 free spins. Any multiplier symbols that land during the free spins will go straight to the progressive global multiplier, which by the way does not reset. You will be awarded 5 new free spins for every 3 new Scatters you land and there is no re-trigger limit. Some players can buy the bonus round and for this they need to pay 100x the bet.
We can describe this slot as a tougher and stronger version of Sweet Bonanza. This is a good alternative to Sweet Bonanza for players who want to avoid sugar overload! The Pay Anywhere engine works great here and the symbol values are slightly higher.
The big difference lies in the multipliers you benefit from in the base game as well. This is great, because big prizes can decrease at any time. Of course, your chances of big prizes are much higher during the Free Spins Bonus Round, where the non-resettable global multiplier continues to climb to the highest heights.
The maximum win is lower, but we consider this a positive sign. It looks like the company has finally taken note of the feedback on their exaggerated max win potentials and we are now getting more realistic max wins.