VideoSlots Casino has just added a brand new Barcrest Big Bet slot titled Hercules – High and Mighty to their casino, Hercules is a colossal reels slot very reminiscent of the slots normally developed by WMS in terms of graphics and sound effects and comes with up to 100 paylines, along with some special features that include Mighty Reels, Free Spins and of course the Big Bet modes which are very common on the Barcrest slots.
In the base game Hercules – High and Mighty start with an initial 50 active paylines playable for 0.50 credits, you can opt to play a smaller amount of paylines but this reduces the total amount of active paylines when the Mighty Reels feature activates so we recommend either playing this slot at max paylines or using one of the several Big Bet modes.
During normal play, if the special Hercules symbol land in view this will then trigger the Mighty Reels feature where the full colossal reels become active giving you a total of 100 paylines, along with this it will also increase you chances of triggering the main bonus round as scatter symbols that might normally be out of view will count towards the bonus trigger.
Along with regular slot play there are several different Big Bet modes on offer, these offer a set of 5 linked spins for a much bigger cost but add lots of additional features making it far easier to trigger the bonus or score big wins, in Hercules this includes removing all the low paying symbols from the reels and having the Mighty Reels persist on the reels until a win is created.
Hercules Slot – Big Bet Modes
The choice of whether to opt for using the Big Bet modes leads to slight differences in RTP, but if you do not have a large bankroll to start with most of the Big Bet modes will simply be too expensive to play, with the maximum Big Bet mode costing a huge 50.00 credits for 5 linked spins.
There are 3 different Big Bet modes which are summarised below, it’s worth noting that the RTP for all of these modes are essentially the same, with the higher costing Big Bet modes adding a few extras that could score you the bigger wins.
- Big Bet Mode 1 – 20.00 Credits – 100 paylines – Hercules in view awards Mighty Reels.
- Big Bet Mode 2 – 30.00 Credits – 100 paylines – Hercules in view awards Mighty Reels, low paying symbols removed from reels.
- Big Bet Mode 3 – 50.00 Credits – 100 paylines – Hercules in view awards Mighty Reels, low paying symbols removed from reels, Mighty Reels persist until a win.
The RTP (Return to Player) of Hercules also differs depending on your bet size as follows,
- Normal Mode – less than 2.00 credit spin – RTP = 94%
- Normal Mode – greater than or equal to 2.00 credit spin – RTP = 96%
- Big Bet Modes RTP = 98%
In essence, if you haven’t played any Big Bet slots before, then make sure to give them a good test in play mode first to get used to the high cost, risk and reward on offer from these slots.
Hercules – High and Mighty Slot – Bonus Features
The main bonus round is triggered by landing 3 or more of the special Scatter symbols on the reels, which will trigger the main bonus round granting an initial 8 free spins for a 3 scatter trigger, these can also be re-triggered during the bonus round.
The bonus rounds start with the chains down on the reels with 50 paylines active, the same Mighty Reels feature is active during the bonus round and of course depending on which mode you have selected this will behave slightly differently.
Hercules – High and Mighty Slot from Barcrest is an interesting slot release, it offers something new for sure in terms of the slot expanding during play into a full collosal reel game, but we do feel that the Big Bet modes on this slot may just simply be too expensive for it to appeal to many players, along with with the slightly lower RTP setting for players who opt to play this game in the regular mode.
If you are a fan of the WMS Collossal Reels games such as Kiss and Zeus 1000 then this is likley to appeal, our best advice would be to take it for a spin in play mode at Videoslots Caisno, check out all of the different Big Bet modes and decide for yourself!