Go on you know you want to ask, just what is a gryphon when it’s out? Well anyone who played the original Novomatic slot game, ‘Gryphon’s Gold’ will already know the answer. If you haven’t, well it’s half eagle and half lion which all sounds a bit scary to me to be honest. In terms of slot games though, it’s a worthy addition to the Novomatic collection and there are some good wins to be had playing this entertaining game.
So how do you end up with an animal that is half eagle and half lion? Perhaps there’s some strange cross breeding program going on here but if that’s the case I bet it only happened once. We find ourselves in the kingdom of Winalot (isn’t that a brand of dog food?) and hopefully when you try your luck at this game you will win a lot. These Gryphons aren’t the most pleasant of creatures (still getting over the breeding process no doubt) and are causing havoc in this kingdom.
This slot has five reels and on its three rows of symbols there’s a total of ten pay-lines, one more than the original game. Those pay-lines aren’t a fixed amount so it’s up to you before each spin to work out how many lines to activate and what your line-bet will be. This is easily achieved by using the control buttons that are situated underneath the reels. The minimum cost of playing with all ten pay-lines in action is 0.40 and the most you can wager is 1000.
The game is set in an enchanted forest (are there any normal forests in slot land?) and the symbols include unicorns, nymphs, a castle, giant mushrooms, toadstools, and dwarfs, we also get the nine to Ace playing card symbols which is a bit of overkill to be fair.
The wild symbol in this slot is the Gryphon and if you think anyone is going to tell a half eagle half lion hybrid they aren’t wild, then good luck to you. It may be a horrible creature but this symbol can substitute for other symbols to get you those all-important winning combinations and any wins it helps create are doubled. It’s not able to sub for the scatter symbol which is the two trees that have faces on them and plays a key role in triggering the bonus game.
There’s a fair amount happening in this game, so it’s important to do a bit of homework before playing it for real. Have a good look through the paytable where there’s tons of information about every aspect of the game. That includes the winning combinations and how much they pay out. For example, five of the wild symbols pay out a massive 9000x your line bet. Five of either the unicorn or the fairy wins you 750x your line bet. The paytable also gives details about the bonus games. Also have some free games in order to see just how everything pans out without having to spend a single penny.
Three of the scatter symbols anywhere on the reels gets you into the free spins round. There are 15 free spins to play with and the big bonus here is that any wins you get are multiplied It’s also possible to re-trigger the free spins if those scatters turn up again so the tripled wins can keep on coming.
When you get a win during the base game, there’s the chance to double it. Yes, this is one of those games that contains a gamble feature. You can choose to just take your win but if you do decide to gamble, it’s a case of correctly guessing the colour of the next playing card to double your win. Make a wrong choice though and that win is lost, so be careful with this and use it sparingly.
If this game entertains you and I’m sure that it will, then try out some similar slot games. That includes another Novomatic slot, ‘Fruit Farm.’ That also has ten pay-lines to try your luck on and a free spins round that has tripled wins. Also play the Novomatic slot ‘King of Cards’ which has wild symbols on all the reels and offers players the chance to earn 15 free spins, again with wins’ subject to a 3x multiplier.
Another great game from Novomatic and at least you now know what a Gryphon is (always handy during a pub quiz). The theme is an interesting one and well adhered to with some attractive looking symbols and the animations are a bit of a bonus. The tripled wins in the bonus round make for some lucrative wins but be careful with that gamble feature. Keep your wins not immediately return them. Overall though this is definitely worth playing for a while.