It’s time for the slot designers to go back to one of their favourite inspirations for game themes. Yes, it’s another delve into Greek mythology and this time the focus is on Hercules. It’s allowed High 5 Games to come up with a video slot that is both entertaining to play and can also be quite lucrative if the locked wild and double/triple symbols have their way. If that happens then you won’t have the weight of the world on your shoulders.
We’re back in time again this time going all the way to Ancient Greece where Hercules is doing a great strongman act. The look of this game is impressive with the reels seemingly up in the clouds. They are transparent so that means we can see the palace in the clouds where I guess Hercules and the other gods reside.
This game has five reels, three rows of symbols and a total of 40 pay-lines to try and get some wins on. Those 40 pay-lines aren’t a fixed amount so there are some decisions to be made before each spin of the reels. It’s extremely easy to operate this machine with all the control buttons situated underneath the reels. There’s no problem setting how many pay-lines you wish to activate, same goes for setting your stake. As far as pay-lines go you can set one, four, ten, twenty or all 40 of them. If you do want to play with all the pay-lines active, the minimum cost of doing so is 0.40 and the maximum 200. That’s a wide range so there shouldn’t be a problem setting a level you feel comfortable gambling at.
The symbols in this game are a little bit different than in some games you will play. There’s Hercules, his wife Megara, a lion, a deer, a golden apple and the ten to Ace playing card symbols. Aside from the playing card symbols, the higher paying ones don’t appear on all of the reels. The apple, Megara and the deer only appear on the first and fourth reels while Hercules and the lion appear on just the second and fifth reels.
The wild symbol is just a symbol that says the word ‘Wild’ on it. Not the greatest amount of thought there but if it appears it can substitute for other symbols to help get you some winning combinations. It can’t sub for the Free Games symbol (they must have been short of ideas for symbols that afternoon) which helps get you into the bonus round. Nor can it substitute for the double wild and triple wild symbols.
Double and triple? Yes, one of the features of this game is that there are double and triple symbols. They count as two or three symbols so that means you can get some big wins in this slot. Now you can understand why the main symbols only appear on a couple of the reels. If the triples come along you can get 14 of a kind and that pays out a 100x multiplier on those main symbols. If you can get 15 wild symbols on a pay-line that has a 400x multiplier.
You need to get three of the Free Games symbols on the second, third and fourth reels to enter the bonus game. There are six free spins awarded which doesn’t sound many but you receive plenty of help during those free spins. A new set of reels are used and if a wild appears then it is locked and stays there for all the remaining free spins. Not only that but a single wild becomes a double for the next spin and then becomes a triple wild for the following spins. That means the chance of getting big wins is greatly increased and 15 wilds now pays 1000x.
Before you start playing this game for real, do a little bit of homework about it. A few free games will allow you to see the game in all its glory including the free spins round and the double and triple symbols. Also, look through the paytable to find out all about the symbols, pay-outs, and the details about the double and triple symbols. To access the paytable, simply click on the question mark that is underneath the reels.
If this game appeals to you then try out some other similar games. Try your luck on the Leander slot ‘Magic Gems.’ That also has 40 pay-lines and a slightly higher RTP than ‘Tales of Hercules.’ It also offers free spins with a wild that becomes locked after making an appearance. Also play ‘Glorious Empire’ from NextGen, another game that has 40 pay-lines but has a higher RTP and offers more free spins, no locked wilds though.
This trip back in time is definitely worth taking. It has an interesting gameplay and those double and triple symbols definitely make it a fascinating experience. They can certainly work wonders for your account balance especially if you get plenty of locked wilds during the free spins round, definitely recommended.