While there’s certainly no shortage of video slots dedicated to themes of ancient Greek and Roman mythology, each one seems to add a new twist to the genre. Amaya Gaming has centered this one around Zeus, the mighty ruler of the Olympians and the god of sky and thunder. Here, he lords over 5 reels and 20 paylines and offers up a thunderingly different twist on the typical free spins feature.
Thundering Zeus’ reels are designed like a Greek stone temple set against a heavenly surreal sky. The payline numbers are printed upon leaves that curl up the columns along each side, and a cluster of grapes is visible beneath the lightning-embellished “Spin” button. An adventurous song plays throughout the game and is punctuated by rumbles of thunder and lightning crackling.
Symbols begin with the basic 10, J, Q, K, and A from the card deck, and all of these are rendered in colorful stone lettering trimmed with Greek-style embellishments. Increasing in value, the next symbol is an urn set among clusters of grapes, then a golden harp, a lovely brunette Greek goddess and finally, Pan, the man/goat god ruling the wild and topping the rest in value.
Zeus himself is featured on the Wild, which substitutes for all other symbols except for the golden lightning bolt Bonus. When Zeus appears on the middle reel, he expands to fill the entire third reel and you win three free spins. Animated lightning flashes behind him and thundering sound effects accompany this quick bonus feature.
Thundering Zeus’ bonus symbol is a golden circle imprinted with three lightning bolts. When three appear across the 2nd, 3rd and 4th reels at once, you enter the Lightning Bolt Free Spins game. The screen will switch to a temple scene with multiple bonus symbols scattered in the background. Your job is to click on them until you match three. This will dictate how many free spins you’ve won as well as their accompanying multiplier. The game then rolls the free spins, and as an added bonus, the Zeus expanding wild can appear on the third reel, increasing your earnings while playing in this mode. At the end, you’ll see a total of your bonus earnings before being taken back into the regular game.
Thundering Zeus offers 5 coin denominations to choose from: 0.02, 0.05, 0.10, 0.25 and 1.00. You bet on all 20 lines with every spin, but you choose how many credits to bet per line, from 1 to 10. The lowest amount you can wager per spin is 0.40, while the highest is 200.00.
If you like a game with low volatility—little wins popping up very frequently—Thundering Zeus will be a great game for you. Autoplay makes for an easy time playing, and it’s nice to see a big area on the right of the screen clearly displaying what you won on each spin. For more mythological fun, look into Neptune’s Gold or check out Medusa for a more sinister side of the genre.