Brought to players by Rabcat in collaboration with Microgaming, Legend of Olympus is a video slot playing off the much used theme of Ancient Greece and the old gods. The game was first released back in 2013 and it really feels like it now. While the game has the potential for enormous payouts, it tends to pay less generously than other highly volatile slots.
Because of the gritty graphics, we found this game relatively hard to play, especially in terms of accessing settings and generally interacting with the user interface. Here’s a quick rundown of the game’s functionality:
The game’s symbols include a spear, golden goblet, winged helmet, and shield, as well as the gods Ares, Aphrodite, Poseidon, and Hades.
It’s in the graphics and audio, more than the payouts themselves, where this slot really shows its age. Everything about the game is slow: the music drags, the spins are laborious, and even accessing menus and adjusting settings takes an age.
The soundtrack is made mostly of an ominous, chiming wind and rumbling stone as the reels spin. The clanging bells of winning spins are identical every time, which means the noise does begin to grate after a while. Legend of Olympus is definitely one of those games where you hit mute (if you can find it!) and plug in your headphones for some music.
Its release back in 2013 is no excuse either; for comparison, NetEnt’s perennially popular Gonzo’s Quest came out in 2011 – as did Microgaming hall of famer Immortal Romance!
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Legend of Olympus is quoted as having a maximum payout of 1,000x stake for a run of wilds across all 5 paylines, which would be astronomical for any player to take home! In terms of general gameplay, we mostly see much smaller wins come through, but there have been big winners of Legend of Olympus in the past!
There is a cool base game feature where you can “gamble” your winnings on every spin, up to 5 times per win, and therefore theoretically can increase payouts by 32 times if your luck is in!
There is a special golden coin symbol with “BONUS” emblazoned across the front: if 3 of this rare symbol fall during a single spin, players are invited to a bonus round. Three spinning coins (gold on one side, silver on the other) float mid-screen: players need to click the coin (which stops the spinning) and finish on the gold side, twice, to progress through the round and cross the river.
It’s all down to chance, of course, and players who fail to cross the river are sent back with a measly 5x payout.
The proper bonus round is triggered by landing 3 scatters (“free spin” symbols) during a single spin. Players are granted 7 free spins but there is no “special feature” within the round to increase the likelihood of winning: it’s just 7 normal spins without the gamble feature.
During about 25 minutes of gameplay, we did manage to trigger the free spins round twice. Over 7 spins each time, we generated a payout of 4.5x and 2.5x stake respectively. We know it’s technically possible for players to win big on Legend of Olympus, but we have very rarely seen it in practice.
Honestly we were not very impressed with Legend of Olympus and found very few positives to take away from the game. It is possible to win large payouts (though mostly thanks to the very risky “Gamble” feature) and having two bonus rounds is a nice touch.
However, the slow gameplay and grainy graphics, combined with a total lack of respectable payouts, put Legend of Olympus far down the “to play” list for most players, especially when there’s such an abundance of attractive, slick, and high-paying games already out there!