Hercules High and Mighty Slot Review

Quick Facts:

Software:Barcrest
Free Spins: Yes
Progressive: No
Wild symbol: Yes
Scatter symbol: Yes
Reels: 5
Paylines: 100
Coin Values: 0.01 up to 5
Jackpot: 250 Coins

Slot Theme

You’d probably have guessed that a slot named Hercules High & Mighty draws inspiration from the Greek mythology. If you were not attentive during your high-school classes, you might struggle to remember the stories involving this particular character. Hercules, also known as Heracles, was the son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmene, famous for his strength but also lack of intelligence and wisdom. He was easily offended and displayed (un)healthy appetite for food, wine, and women. On the plus side, he was responsible for many great deeds which in the end lead to many worshiping him as a god. While the theme itself might not be innovative, a few elements of this game will surely surprise you. Give it a go and you might yourself end up worshiping the strongest one amongst the mortals.

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Game Symbols

Staying faithful to the Greek mythology theme, reels will get populated by the images of Zeus, his wife and sister goddess Hera, the flying horse Pegasus, Nemean Lion, Hydra, a monster with many heads which would grow back when cut off, and finally Cerberus, a three-headed dog that guarded the entrance of the Underworld. To make sure we don’t miss the usual playing card icons, Barcrest has also included the 4 suits symbols. Icons will appear in various sizes, as singles as well as stacked 2, 3, 4 and more symbols high. Hercules is Wild and can stand in for any of the other symbols with the exception of Scattered Golden Coin. Wild always comes 3-icons high.

Gameplay

Placed in between two Greek marble columns, there is a unique reel area which will reveal its secrets only once you start to play. Do notice the chains above the reels, they have a function and have not been included for decoration purposes only.

At the beginning, the game plays over the bottom half of the reel for up to 50 lines. Number of active paylines are in direct relation to the chosen stake size. Betting up to 0.10 credits per line will activate 10 paylines in base game and 20 lines in Mighty Reels. As you increase your line bet, both the number of main game lines and Mighty Reels lines will increase, up to 50 and 100 respectively.

Available line bets start at 0.01 and go up to 5 credits. In combination with the number of active lines, this will result in 0.10 to 250 credits per spin. Using the Big Bet button, you can choose to bet 20, 30 or 50 credits per round, and the reels will spin 5 times until you’ll need to confirm your choice or make another one. Alternatively, select your stake and press Spin.

Winning combinations are formed by identical symbols appearing on a payline consecutively, beginning with the far left reel. Autoplay allows you to choose up to 200 rounds to be played automatically, as well as set Loss and/or Win limits which, if hit, will terminate the function prematurely.

Bonus Features

Any part of 3 or more Scattered Bonus icons will trigger Free Spins. Depending on the number of triggering symbols, you’ll win 8, 12 or 20 Free Spins.

Hercules symbol appearing in full view will activate Mighty Reels. As the result, chains will rise and you’ll play double the number of lines. If you’re betting 20 credits (the lowest of Big Bet game options) and activate Mighty Reels, Wild Hercules will spread over the entire reel it appeared on. For Big Bet of 30 credits, the same will result in reels with low value symbols removed. If you choose the Big Bet option of 50 credits, you will additionally benefit from Wilds remaining on the reels until a win is achieved.

Payouts

Zeus is the most valuable base game icon and can pay as much as 250x your line bet. Bigger wins are delivered with the assistance of Free Spins or the three helpful additions which come with Mighty Reels. Though you’ll have to risk bigger amounts in case you want to benefit from the latter. In any case, the maximum win you can achieve in a single game is limited to 250,000 credits.

Game’s RTP also depends on your bet size, starting at 94% if your stake is lower than 2 credits and increasing to 96% if you’re betting 2 or more. The expected return for the Big Bet game is a high 98%.

Verdict

We don’t mind lack of innovation when the theme is selected, if the execution delivers something we’ve not seen before. And in this case, it does. Expanding reels area is an interesting element, though it might take a while to understand what’s happening when and why. Playing 100 reels with the help of additional treats can be highly rewarding. However, big wins will normally require high bets and therefore high risk. If you happen to be a high roller, go for the max 250 stake and perhaps Hercules’ strength combined with your luck will secure the jackpot of 250,000 credits.