Medusa II

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1 Reels 5
2. Paylines 243
3. Progressive No
4. Maximum coins 243
5. Jackpot 1000
6. Maximum jackpot in coins 500
7. Multiplier No
8. Scatter symbol Yes
9. Free Spins Yes
10. Betting range from $0.25 up to $50
11. Coin Bet Range from $0.01 up to $2
12. Coins per line 1
13. Bonus Game Yes
14. Wild symbol Yes
15. Payout percent 97.07

NextGen is known for putting out games that have good graphics and gameplay, so it's not really all that surprising that the Medusa 2 slot has turned out to be pretty good on all fronts. However, what is surprising is just how much they have focused on wild-based bonus features in this game since most games these days try to reinvent the wheel. This game is based on a simple premise of soldiers going after the legendary Medusa from Greek mythology, and this leads to players getting lots of opportunities for value.

Basic Game Format

If you're familiar with the 243-ways format, then you'll know that it's based on the traditional five-reel, three-row layout for video slots. Every regular symbol can be paid from left-to-right anywhere on the reels, and the traditional payline situation where you can get matching symbols left-to-right without them turning into a win because they miss an activated payline doesn't happen here as a result. This means the hit-rate is higher, and the chances for multi-line wins are also higher, which leads to a lower overall volatility.

Players are able to choose a coin size in this game to manipulate the total size of the bet per spin, and since you're always betting 25 coins per spin, it's pretty easy to find a betting option that suits you. The lowest coin size of $0.01 gives you spins that cost $0.25, and the maximum bet size is based on $2 coins for a cost of $50 per spin.

Stacked Wilds and Soldier Wilds

The wild symbol in this game is Medusa herself, and it's an up-close portrait of her face. Five earns a win worth 500x, four gets you 50x, and three awards a payout of 20x. There are two different ways to get wilds in this game, and it's one of the main factors that drives the biggest wins you'll earn in the game because of the multi-line payouts you can get thanks to the 243-ways approach to awarding wins.

The first way to get the wilds is how they naturally occur during the base game. They show up stacked on all reels, and you can end up getting one, two or three on a reel at once. Stacked wilds are a big deal in 243-ways game because of how they can effectively multiply regular wins by several directions.

The second way to get wilds is when a soldier randomly appears on the reels to attack Medusa. This soldier will turn the whole reel into a stack of three wilds, regardless of which symbols were on it to begin with. This is obviously valuable since it always awards a complete reel of wilds, the benefits of which were discussed in the previous paragraphs.

Regular Wins and Locked Reels

Another feature in this game that makes it easier to score regular wins is the locked reels feature. The basic idea is that on random spins, two or more reels will become "locked" with each other and show the same set of three symbols. This makes it easier to line up wins for obvious reasons.

The regular wins that benefit the most from this locked reels feature are the ones on the upper end. The helmet symbol that pays 400x for five of a kind and the golden snakes medallion that pays 300x for five are prime examples. You'll also get a 200x win for five of the quiver of arrows or 200x for five of the statue symbol in addition to a 100x prize for five of the golden bracelet.

The purple A, red K, orange Q, blue J and yellow 10 are all minor symbols in this game, and they all pay the same 50x win for five of a kind.

Free Spins With Locked Reels

The Medusa 2 symbol is scattered and offers a win of 250 times your total bet for five of a kind. Three or more of this symbol anywhere on the reels gets you 10 free spins. During these free spins, you'll get the locked reels activated on every spin. This makes the game even more exciting than usual, and if you can get the wilds to lock in, then it becomes really easy to score major payouts.

Our Opinion

My opinion on this game is that it's great graphically and in terms of gameplay. It doesn't use hokey 3D-rendered graphics that you see sometimes that don't look all that good, but it manages to really capture the rage of Medusa and how the soldiers who tried to kill her had a futile task ahead of them. The combination of the multiple wild features and the locked reels feature gives players different ways to win as well, which adds excitement and variety.

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