Rise of Olympus is a 2018 video slot which holds all the hallmarks of a Play’n GO masterpiece: a beautiful aesthetic, wonderful animation, clever special features, and unbelievable volatility!
The game is based around the most powerful ancient Greek gods, the three brothers Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades, and uses a cascade game engine and cluster pays to provide a uniquely Play’n GO gaming experience. The Hand of God and Wrath of Olympus features in particular are superb!
Similar to some other Play’n GO creations (such as Reactoonz ) Rise of Olympus can be a little confusing and overwhelming at first glance. As opposed to traditional slots which use spinning reels, Rise of Olympus uses cascading blocks: symbols fall from the sky and clusters of matching symbols (3+) generate wins.
However, winning symbols then disappear and those remaining fall to fill their place. Thanks to a series of wilds and powerful special features, it’s possible for more combinations to be made as the symbols reduce in volume. Since every win increases the multiplier by one, long win sequences produce exponentially higher payouts. If all symbols are cleared, then the game’s free spins round is launched.
There is also a series of buttons and panels for players to familiarise themselves with:
Rise of Olympus is about as epic as they come. There’s bolts of lightning, thunder, raging fire, unimaginably powerful gods and frighteningly high payouts! The game is eerily quiet most of the time, but then roars to life for winning combinations.
The animations for wins are superb (vanishing symbols, the power bar filling up, the win counter climbing steadily higher) and when Zeus, Poseiden, and Hades start using their powers to manipulate events, it just looks like a video game. The authoritative voice which rings out occasionally adds to the cacophony and the whole experience of playing this game is top notch.
There’s also a fast mode where the winning combo animations are accelerated, which really improves playability.
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Through a combination of the monster multiplier (up to 20x!), high value symbols, the Hand of God and triggering the free spins round, players can win anywhere up to 5,000 times their stake on every spin.
In addition to launching the bonus round, clearing the screen of all symbols also produces an instant 100x payout. But even without these feats, 4-5 consecutive wins within the normal base game can reward players very handsomely.
Standing proudly beside the reels will be Zeus, Hades, or Poseidon. Following non-winning spins, these gods can randomly choose to use their power to affect the game:
Players will notice the power bar off to the left of the screen. When a 3-of-a-kind combo is made with either the Zeus, Poseidon, or Hades symbols, one-third of the bar is filled. If three of these wins occur, the bar is filled and a single free spin is awarded.
Following the regular wins from this spin, all 3 gods in turn use their power on the reels, inevitably leading to bigger wins and possibly free spins! 4-of-a-kind God wins fill two bars, and a 5-of-a-kind win fills the full meter in one go!
As we’ve said, clearing all the symbols from the grid kickstarts the bonus round. Players have a choice:
And each character’s Hand of God power is active throughout the round. If the symbols are cleared again, players will receive 4, 3, or 2 extra spins from Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus respectively. Players can earn up to 20 free spins, and clearing the symbols completely produces a 100x cash payout.
Not only that, but after every win the game’s multiplier increases by one, up to 20x!
As with all extremely high variance games, players should be warned that it’s easy to 10, 20, 30+ spins without a significant win of any kind. Therefore, we suggest playing conservatively in-line with your budget. Having said that, Rise of Olympus is just a marvellous game!
Its volatility makes crazy payouts commonplace, while the special features are so well thought-out and designed that it feels closer to a video game than a typical online slot. There’s no irritating soundtrack and the speed of play is fast, so players can devote hours to Rise of Olympus without tiring!