Given the massive fanfare and rapturous applause which greeted the new Warlords Crystals of Powerslot from NetEnt, the anticipation was probably pretty high for the next release – the new ancient Greek themed slot Divine Fortune. After first play on it at release I noted most people gave it a few spins, checked the pay-table and walked away, dismayed that it didn’t have the big video into sequence of the Warlords slot and the masses of video animations and sound effects. That’s the problem with being NetEnt, when you build games like Guns N Roses which have so much impact, anything which isn’t so full of glitz and glamour can disappoint the existing audience.
However, we played the game for a good long time and when asked to sum it up in a sentence – two things came up in the review team. This is both the best ancient Greek slot game we’ve ever played and, it’s a truly great gambling game too, unlike many of the flashier video slots in the NetEnt range. Because most people haven’t given the game a chance, it’s already generated some very so-so reviews, let us delve deep into this slot with you to explain why we think the majority are wrong – this is one of the best new online slots NetEnt have ever released.
As we said, this isn’t the most dramatic visual slot we’ve ever seen from the Swedish slot wizards. It isn’t character led like the popular Gonzo’s Quest and it doesn’t have the big 3D animation of branded movie slots like Aliens. It is, despite this, a very pretty game and plenty entertaining. The artwork is simply beautiful and the theme is classically represented rather than being cheesy or try-hard. The audio too is subtle but well produced, with an enveloping light music soundtrack and some very nice bespoke sound effects for each of the main pay characters, the wilds and bonus scatters. Overall the theme is attractive and pleasant but doesn’t detract from the game play, which is by far the big draw on this slot.
Icon wise by far the best is the Pegasus wild, which creatively expands and flies up and down the reels depending on which aspect of the wild symbol mechanic is active. Other legends of Greek mythology appear too, with Medusa and the Minotaur the most noticeable. The pay-outs for stock symbol combinations of these are a little weak and only three of a kind will barely net you back your total stake in most cases, which sets the game up to really shine and deliver with its array of bonus features and secondary mechanics.
As a five reel, three row game, Divine Fortune doesn’t break the mould in the way it works. You have a fixed 20 pay-line format so mostly your slot game strategy is limited to selecting a bet size which works for your bankroll and spinning away. The bet range is decent at 0.20 to 100.00 credits and the bet sizing doesn’t affect the games great fixed RTP of 96.69%. However, NetEnt do indicate that it’s easier to win the highest of the three progressive jackpots on this slot with a higher bet and the two smaller jackpots overall value is linked to bet size too. We can see that’s clearly been factored into the math somewhere though NetEnt aren’t saying what the calculation is exactly – high rollers will approve of being rewarded for high stakes play.
The wild symbol on the game, when it lands on the reels, triggers a free reel re-spin. Land a further wild behind it and the wild expands in what they are calling a wild on wild feature. This is very much like the Jack and the Beanstalk mechanic with the walking wilds, albeit this game has a little less variance and the progressives thrown in too. That’s right – the best features of the popular nursery rhyme slot beloved by NetEnt fans but with a slightly softer risk vs reward ratio is what we think this game is all about. Like the Jack and the Beanstalk slot there are other things going on in the secondary wild feature, where you stand your best chance of collecting three bonus coins to open up the pick screen for the progressive jackpots. Even if you miss the bonus symbols also grant a wide range of random instant credit wins.
The free spins are a little limited at first glance with a max of 12 spins available and no re-trigger – which had some quick glance reviewers screaming foul play immediately. They are missing the point – every wild which lands during the free spins feature becomes an expanded wild and as long as one is on the screen you will receive a wild re-spin. Because of this mechanic those 12 initial spins can easily end up being thirty or forty plus if you catch them right. We saw 100x the stake several times in the free spins feature and that is certainly not to be sniffed at.
For our money, the best ancient Greek slot game, or certainly the most popular has been for some time the colossal reels game Zeus from WMS. The big criticism of that game is that it was very low variance and tight, real gamblers found their interest waning in it very quickly, making it one for the hobby or free slots player. We think that NetEnt saw a gap here and thought it was worth taking a risk doing a classic slot theme rather than the more unique games that they are known for and, they have nailed it.
The Divine Fortune slot has three progressives, the max of which will probably drop a lot lower than Mega Fortune given its small initial seed of 10000 credits but will still eclipse the fixed jackpots on many other slots. The wild features are fantastic and the free spins feature is highly valuable. Yes, we concede that the base game will be a little barren most of the time unless the wild re-spins are in your favour but it will be more lucrative on average than the Jack and the Beanstalk slot and kinder on the wallet in variance or volatility. As that game is one of NetEnt’s most popular slots, if Divine Fortune is given a chance it could be an under the radar hit.