Olympus Evolution

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1 Reels 5
2. Paylines 10
3. Progressive No
4. Maximum coins 10
5. Jackpot 7500
6. Maximum jackpot in coins 3000
7. Multiplier No
8. Scatter symbol No
9. Free Spins Yes
10. Betting range from $0.2 up to $25
11. Coin Bet Range from $0.02 up to $2.5
12. Coins per line 1
13. Bonus Game No
14. Wild symbol Yes
15. Payout percent 96.06

There is a tremendous amount of media that has been created based around stories, themes and characters from Greek mythology. There are so many people and so many deities that it's a virtual gold mine of material, and GAMING1 has used some of the main figures from Mount Olympus as the center of their Olympus Evolution slot. This game has decent enough graphics and very straightforward gameplay that may not appeal to all players, though the volatility is at a medium level overall.

Slot Layout

The layout of a game can determine a lot to do with the actual gameplay, and with the five-reel, three-row, 10-payline format that you have here, you can tell that the gameplay has a solid foundation to build on. Unfortunately, they didn't build very much on that foundation, but we'll get to that in a moment.

You really only have one option for manipulating your bet sizes, and that's by choosing from a pre-set number of bet sizes. They run from $0.20 to $5 apiece, which will cover most players, but high rollers will be discouraged by the lack of larger stakes. You can't change the number of paylines, number of coins per payline or the size of individual coins. A lot of this is because the actual payouts are listed as multiples of your total wager, which we think is better than the normal convention of using line bet wins almost exclusively like you see with other providers.

Wild Symbol

GAMING1 has this fascination with making the wild symbols have multiple functions, and in Olympus Evolution, this comes in the form of making it a bonus symbol. Five of the wild will pay out 200x, which is the same as a 2,000x win in most other games since the 200x refers to a multiple of your whole wager. It also gives you 20x for four or 2x for three, so there are some pretty decent payouts for it. In a bit of a twist, it only gives the second-largest win in the regular game, and you'll see what the largest regular win is below when we discuss the high-paying symbols.

Free Spins Feature

One of the biggest disappointments of this game is the free spins bonus feature. Three or more wild symbols activate this feature, which will always be 10 free turns no matter how many wild bonus symbols you use to activate it. The disappointment comes in the fact that there is literally nothing else about this feature to make it special. There are no multipliers, special sets of symbols, wild features or anything else. It really is just a set of 10 free turns, which is the equivalent of paying you a win worth 10x, which is half of what you get for lining up three wild symbols in the first place.

Top-Tier Symbols and Payouts

Four major figures from Greek mythology make an appearance on the reels, and they are all symbols that pay out for two of a kind or more. This adds a bit to the hit-rate of the game, which is nice, but there's not really enough of other gameplay features to carry it far. Zeus is the king of the Greek gods, so it makes sense that he's the highest-paying symbol in this slot. He pays 300x for five of a kind.

Athena with her owl pays 150x. You can pick up 60x for five of Hades or Aphrodite. These are some decent, balanced payouts for what amounts to some of the strongest symbols in the game.

Bottom-End Prizes

To round out the payout schedule, you can win with card ranking symbols. The A and K are both yellow, though they are different shades to make them easier to tell apart, and they each pay out 15x if you get five of a kind. Five of the Q, J or 10 symbols will award you with a 10x win. Since these are like 150x and 100x line bet payouts, we don't think they are very low at all, and they're actually above the industry average for the lowest five-of-a-kind wins in an online slot.

In Summary

It's tough to do a game based on Greek or Roman themes because they have been done so many times, so they really have to be outstanding to get much attention. Olympus Evolution is disappointing in a few areas, in particular with some of the graphics and the lackluster bonus feature, but it has its good side too. It doesn't have enough to make it stand out compared to other games with a similar theme, but it's about average overall with all things considered. We aren't really going out of our way to recommend players to check this game out, but if you're really into Greek mythology in a major way, there are much worse options.



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