We Check Out Microgaming’s Latest Rolling Reels Slot Ancient Fortunes: Zeus!
32Red Casino has just added the latest Microgaming “Rolling Reels” slot titled Ancient Fortunes: Zeus to their casino which has been developed by Triple Edge Studios whose previous releases include Playboy Gold, Bookie of Odds and Halloween.
The Ancient Fortunes: Zeus slot is a 5×3 reel 10 payline slot that pays in both directions, with a Rolling Reels feature which you may know as Tumbling Reels or an Avalanche style from other slot providers.
Make no mistakes here, there is definitely a lot of inspiration taken from classic online slots like Gonzo’ Quest herewith rising multipliers (7x multipliers in the base game), even bigger multipliers (up to 21x multipliers) in the free spin round and the cascading/tumbling/rolling reels.
Obviously, the theme is totally different and the payline format has been altered but to try and differentiate this slot it looks like Microgaming and Triple Edge have ramped up the multipliers along with the possibility of triggering the main bonus round with up to 50 free spins, and there are re-triggers too in the bonus round.
But basically, if you have played Gonzo’s Quest you’ll either feel instantly at home and love this style of slot or feel this is just more of the same from a different provider.
The key question is really have they made enough changes and is this actually better than Gonzo’s Quest? Unfortunately, we didn’t think so, if you are a new player and treat this as a standalone release then it’s fine, the graphics are good, the bonus round is fun, but put the 2 games together in a casino lobby and I would be choosing Gonzo’s Quest!
Gameplay and Bonus Features
|Ancient Fortunes: Zeus Slot – Technical Summary|
|Paylines||10 Both Ways|
|Re-Trigger Bonus Round||Yes|
|Special Features||Free Spins
|RTP (Return To Player)||96.02%|
Winning symbols are removed from the reel with new symbols rolling into view this can create consecutive wins.
Consecutive wins increase the value of the multiplier, starting at 1x this increases to 2x, 3x and finally 7x in the base game
During the free spins these values are increased to 3x, 7x, 11x and 21x Multipliers.
Awarded for landing 3 or more of the Scatters or Scatter + Wild symbols on a payline, these can be in either direction. Free spins can also be re-triggered during the bonus rounds.
- 3 Scatters – 10 Free Spins
- 4 Scatters – 15 Free Spins
- 5 Scatters – 20 Free Spins
Ancient Fortunes: Zeus Slot
The Ancient Fortunes: Zeus Slot is again a little bit of a disappointing release from Microgaming, the graphics, animations and general gameplay are all ok, but as a seasoned slot player the fact that this is so heavily inspired by slots like Gonzo’s Quest doesn’t go unmissed.
Apart from the subtle alterations to the payline format and the multipliers values, this release doesn’t really offer anything new or special and as we said earlier if these slots were side by side in a casino lobby I would probably have a look at this, then go play Gonzo’s Quest.
As a standalone title, it’s fine, the design is reminiscent of the WMS classic slots, there is obviously some big win potential with 21x multipliers and we did manage several bonuses over 100x stake in our playtesting but we just really wanted to see more from this slot to differentiate this from other tumbling reels slots.
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