After avoiding it for so long, Betsoft has finally given the Olympian deities the reverential treatment they deserve. Not to forget The Golden Owl of Athena (2018), which was sure a respectable effort, but one that failed to cut it for most with its reserved approach centered around a bonus round with expanding symbols. The new release, titled Take Olympus, is quite the contrary. It goes all out, featuring four of the fourteen Olympian gods and goddesses as they try hard to impress on the reels. Who among them wins the day?
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- RTP: 95.49%
- Volatility: Low
- Reel Setup: 5×4
- Paylines: 50
- Cycle Spins
- Bonus Round
- Wild Substitutions
- All Platforms: Mobile (Android, IOS, etc.), Desktop (Windows, Linux, etc.)
- All Browsers: Firefox, Chromium, Opera, Chrome, Edge, Vivaldi, Midori, Brave, etc.
- Tech: HTML5
Slot Details: Skin, Algorithm Stats, Paytable, and Basic Rules
Take Olympus is another instance when the theme in hand forces Betsoft to abandon their cartoonish and playful side, graphics-wise. The usual effort that goes towards trying to create cinematic results every single time remains, though, evidenced by the exquisitely detailed symbols levitating over the playing area in 5×4 formation. That is not to mention the different backdrops customized to reflect the persona of the active deity. (Details about that last part discussed in The Cycle of the Gods section).
On the technical side of things, things look attractive too, but only to the casual player who prefers a slot that can dish out a steady stream of wins. The low volatility is rated low, while the entire algorithm is kept in check by a below-average, but acceptable 95.49% Return to Player percentage.
As to symbols, there are ten regular icons split into low pays and high payers. Symbols corresponding to each of the featured gods (Aphrodite’s myrtle leaves, Apollo’s arrow, Hade’s Cerberus, Poseidon’s trident, and Zeus’s lightning bolt) make up the first-mentioned category, racking up rewards of up to 1.2x. High-payers, on the other hand, are represented by Aphrodite, Apollo, Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus, who brags the premium payout of 6x. And now to the pith of the matter…
Note: Symbols can appear stacked on any spin.
The Cycle of the Gods
The game plays in cycles of ten free spins, with each featuring Apollo, Aphrodite, Poseidon, or hades in all their glory. The featured god unleashes his/her powers at the end of the cycle, after which he/she gives way to another god chosen randomly from the list.
Poseidon’s cycle begins with a re-spins counter that increases the count by one whenever Poseidon’s symbol (or his trident) lands. The collected re-spins play at the end of Poseidon’s cycle, during which it is impossible to trigger additional re-spins.
A Multiplier counter with an initial figure of x1 gets activated at the start of the cycle. The multiplier figure increases by +1 whenever Hades (or his Cerberus) appears on the reels. Any wins (if any) on the last spin of the cycle are subjected to the final multiplier figure.
All spaces in which Aphrodite (or her myrtle leaves) appears during the cycle are marked. In the end, the marked positions, as well as the spaces connecting them, turn to mystery boxes that reveal a randomly selected payer.
The positions in which Apollo (or his arrow) appears are marked. The marked spaces become substituting wilds at the final spin of the cycle. The wilds can substitute for any symbol except the Zeus symbol.
All Hail Zeus!
In Greek mythology, Zeus is the ruler and protector of all gods and men. As such, he doesn’t participate in the cycle of the gods. Instead, his symbol doubles as a wild and a fully stacked special symbol that triggers the bonus round if landed while the other four gods are in view.
The bonus round is comprised of ten rounds on the house. On every free spin, Zeus can take over the powers of a randomly selected god. As Apollo, Zeus places five wilds on the reels at random positions. As Aphrodite, Zeus turns five symbols into mystery symbols that, in turn, spawn one of the regular payers. As Hades, Zeus applies a booster multiplier to the wins of that spin. As Poseidon finally, Zeus awards a random number of re-spins. Free spins retriggers are not possible.
Take Olympus- Our Verdict
Let’s start by saying that it would have been nice to see the featured god in action after every spin. Okay, that would have slowed down the gameplay’s pace even further, but they could have at least gone for shorter cycles. Imagine stacking a 10x multiplier, for example, and then not getting a win in the 10th spin. That would be disappointing, to say the least. Secondly, a Buy Feature would have been useful here to allow players to jump straight into the bonus round.
On the positives, it is good to see a friendly low volatility slot that ships with decent potential and a wealth of features. The best-case scenario would be to have Zeus award that huge multiplier in a free spin round with a high payer occupying a good number of positions. A 2328x bet payout or something close to that will be issued.