Zeus, from the developers at WMS, is one of the great classics of the slots world. Loved across the globe, it is a slot that people are always happy to return to for its great free spins features, reliable gameplay and fantastic graphics.
We’re off to Mount Olympus!
We are off to the world of the Greek myths. Zeus was the god of thunder and of the sky in Ancient Greek mythology; in his spare time, he ruled all the other gods on Mount Olympus. He was famous for his adventures with the ladies, which resulted in a bunch of children that you will have heard of, including Helen of Troy, Apollo, Athena, and many others. Symbols associated with Zeus are the thunderbolt, the eagle, the bull and the oak. There are thunderbolts aplenty in this slot, with an arm wearing a gold bracelet and a hand clutching a thunderbolt a key symbol in the game.
There is quite a good portrait of Zeus - he is nearly always represented as he is in this slot, with a big grey beard and plenty of flowing hair. It does seem that there were human sacrifices on Mount Olympus in the early years, but there is really no need for that; in fact, here at Slots Temple, you don't even have to pay to play because Zeus is brought to you completely free.
As we said, Zeus is one of the most popular slots in the entire world. There is a simple reason for this - it is great to play. It has 30 lines over five reels and if you are playing all of these paylines, you can bet 150 coins per spin. We will look at how to adjust the paylines and your wagers later.
Zeus was popular for quite a while in land-based casinos; then - with the arrival of the internet - it moved online, where of course it can be a much faster game if you want it to be. One of the things that makes Zeus particularly popular is the great variety of bonuses and features, which keep the gameplay lively and can also push your winnings up hugely.
How WMS made Zeus one of the most popular slots ever
The people who breathed life into Zeus were the mighty game wizards at WMS. WMS is based in Enterprise, Nevada - a great name and location for a gaming company! The company that was the forerunner to today's WMS was set up in 1974 under the name Williams Electronics and started out making pinball machines. It was then bought by a firm that made jukeboxes; at this point, it branched out into the whole new world of arcade video games - well, they were new in 1974! The company made some real humdinger arcade classics, including Robotron: 2084.
Looking at the history of this company, you can see how gaming evolved gradually at first and then more rapidly. As pinball became less popular, WMS started to concentrate on slot machines. First, it designed slots for physical casinos; then, as the internet took off, it moved its games from real-life physical casinos to the web. The company was bought out in 2013 by Scientific Games, another big games company; however, it retains the use of the WMS name because it is so recognisable and is a brand that faithful enthusiasts like to follow.
In the past, the company made a lot of slots based around TV themes and films such as Lord of the Rings and Men in Black. Since 2012, it has been concentrating on interactive games design for online gamers. It has set up lots of agreements with different online casinos to offer its premium games, including Zeus. Of course, all the games are available on mobile and tablet.
Zeus was released in January 2014. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength; in fact, Zeus has become a brand for the company and one it is keen to exploit further with continuing title releases. We will look later at the other titles in the Zeus franchise.
What does the future look like in terms of games development from this company? On the Zeus theme, Kronos Unleashed is a newish release. Kronos was the father of Zeus. Many slot games designers are adding animation and more interactive and games-based elements to their slots, with more elaborate stories. We will have to see whether the developers follow this trend. It would be interesting to see a Zeus animated game, building on the popularity of the story.
Zeus sound and graphics
The developers have done a pretty good job of representing some of Zeus's symbols. You will see a fist reaching up into the sky and clutching at a thunderbolt. These are what Zeus used to fight with; in this slot, the fist is also the scatter. We have some Greek coins - gold and silver, with slightly hard to figure out pictures. The gold one seems to have a head of Zeus on it and the silver one has something that looks like a like a budgie but is probably - let's give them the benefit of the doubt - an eagle.
Then there is a lyre (harp); a Greek amphora (vase), which is nicely represented with all its decoration; and a trireme (ship). There is also Pegasus, the winged horse; a laurel leaf crown; and a Greek soldier’s helmet. Watch out for the temple, as it is the wild; handily, it has a large label saying ‘wild’ across it!
Above the play area you will see the Parthenon - or is it the Acropolis? There are a couple of plinths with thunderbolts on them and the play area is set against a backdrop of Mount Olympus. It is shown among the clouds; of course, this is where you would find Zeus and all the other gods.
The main soundtrack is really exciting - think adventure and action. You can set the sound level by using the menu option for settings on the main screen.
Let’s get playing!
Zeus has stacked wilds, which means the whole of one reel can become wild. Another great option we will take a look at is the Zeus feature, with the thunderbolt as the scatter.
You are going to need three thunderbolt scatters on the five reels to start the Zeus feature. Once you have triggered the feature, the number of free spins you will get obviously depends on the number of scatters you have spun. Three thunderbolts mean 10 free spins and four thunderbolts mean 25 free spins. Five thunderbolts will give you a bit of a headache from all that thunder, but you won’t mind because you will have got 100 free spins. During the Zeus feature, you can also get stacked wilds.
It gets better! While you are playing the Zeus feature, you can get more free spins; in fact, you are as likely to get free spins while playing the free spins as you are to get them playing the base game. It is possible to hit a great run where the free spins are following one after the other. The Greek temple is the wild, helpfully labelled with a very large sign saying ‘wild’.
If you have a good win with several paylines involved, a panel showing Zeus looking if not happy then at least not too cross will come up. You will see a thunderbolt down the middle and a sign telling you what your total win is.
How to set your paylines and wager level
Zeus is a very configurable slot and you can customise both the number of paylines you use and the level of your bet. The slot has 30 paylines, but you can use the lines feature to change the number of lines you want to play. Click on the menu icon on the main screen and you will see the bet level screen. This calculates how much you are betting once you enter the relevant line information. The total bet is displayed at the top of the screen.
In the middle of the screen is a section where you can select the number of lines you want to play. Click the ‘min’ button to play the minimum, which is one line. As soon as you click ‘min’, the number one is displayed. Alternatively, you can click the ‘max’ button to play the maximum number of lines. If you do, you will see 30 displayed. Alternatively, you can use the ‘+’ button to increase the number of lines to the exact number you want to play. Use the ‘-‘ button to decrease the number of lines you want to play.
Now you are ready to set the level of bet you want to make - remember that this is your bet per line. The total that results when you multiply your bet per line by the size of your bet is displayed at the top of the screen, so you can check it and adjust either the number of lines or the size of the line bet to get the bet to the level you want.
Click on the ‘min’ button to select the minimum bet per line of 0.01 or click on the ‘max’ button to select the maximum bet per line of 5.00. If you want a bet somewhere between the min and the max, use the + and - buttons to raise or lower the bet per line amount.
Now you can check your total bet at the top of the screen. If you are happy, click OK, which is on the blue button at the bottom of the screen and you are ready to play! If you don’t want to make any changes, the arrow to the top left of the screen will take you back to the main play area.
Handily, you can also reset your bet per line and the number of lines you want to play on the main screen. Just above the play area, you will see two blue buttons. Click on the arrow within the blue button on the left and you will see a pop-up box. This displays your current bet per line. You can use the min and max buttons to set up a minimum or maximum bet; alternatively, you can use the + or - buttons in the pop-up box to get the exact level of bet you want.
There is also a right-hand blue button; again, click on the arrow and you will get a pop-up box. This works in a similar way, allowing you to set the number of lines you want to bet on. You can switch between the blue buttons easily. Once you have finished using the pop-up boxes, you need to press the large spin arrow to start a new spin or click on the house icon to close the box that is currently open without starting a new spin
Paytable and rules
Zeus’s fist clutching the thunderbolt is called the ‘feature’ in the Zeus pay table. The temple is wild for all symbols except the thunderbolt.
The 30 paylines are clearly illustrated in the game’s menu and help section. Wins can take place on all or any of the paylines, with multiple wins added together to provide a total win. The total line bet has to be divided between all the active paylines, so not all paylines are created equal! The total bet is equal to the number of paylines multiplied by the wager on each line. Only active paylines can be winners; in addition, as is usual with all online slots, any malfunction will void the bet.
The rules of the basic game are very easy to follow, which is part of the reason that Zeus is a such a popular game worldwide.
The paytable will always reflect the current way you have your bets set up. In a winning combination, the highest is the one that is always paid. Paylines always begin with the reel on the left-most side of the play area.
Rules around the scatter feature
As we mentioned, the scatter feature is the arm of Zeus holding the thunderbolt. To initiate the bonus feature, you are going to need three or more thunderbolt scatters. The number of free spins you get depends on the number of thunderbolts as described above.
To trigger your free spins, click the ‘start’ button when the bonus feature is running. It is possible to win spins on spins - during the free spins feature, three or more thunderbolt scatters will add additional spins to the ones you are currently using. This is a lot more generous than many games in which the number of free spins you can win during a free spin session is quite heavily controlled.
Although an alternative set of reels is used in the game during the free spins session, the winning combinations are completely identical to the winning combinations in the basic game. During the free spins feature, the active paylines and the bet per line that you have set up will remain the same as they were for the spin that triggered the bonus feature.
Thundering good wins!
Zeus himself is, of course, the top paying symbol. There are certainly big winners when he appears! If he shows up five times, he is worth 2,500x your bet. If he shows up four times you get 1,000x your bet, three times you get 250x, and twice you get 20x.
The next highest paying symbol is Pegasus, the winged horse. Five will give you 1,000x your bet, four awards 750x and three awards 200x. You don't get anything for one or two appearances of Pegasus. The same goes for the other symbols in the game. It is only Zeus that pays out for two symbols.
Next up is the boat, which as we know is actually a Greek trireme. This is so cool because it has three rows of oars, presumably with some poor slaves manning them. Anyway, get five of these and your bet multiple is 1,750x. Get four and you will earn 500x your bet, or three will get 150x. The same totals apply to the helmet
The harp is not so highly rated, with five awarding 1,250x, four 500x, and three 100x. The same totals apply to the bars.
The gold and silver coins are worth the same amount, which doesn’t seem right. They are both worth 1,000x your bet for five coins, four coins earn you 375x, and three coins earn you 75x.
The lowest rated symbol is the laurel wreath. Five of these will earn you 750x your wager, four will make you 250x, and three will earn you just 25x your bet.
When you win, you will see a pop-up box on the screen that tells you how much you have won.
Return to player (RTP)
You will find varying estimates of the Zeus RTP online; however, the figure is actually 95.97 per cent, which is average - not the best, but pretty good.
The UK Gambling Commission points out that the RTP percentage is just an average that has to be hit over a number of spins. It doesn’t apply to a single session on a machine; in fact, it states that the average RTP is measured over 10,000 games or more for machines that are operating randomly.
What does it mean for you as a player if a slot such as Zeus has a 95.97 per cent RTP? It means that you can’t expect to get more or less than this percentage back every time you spend 100. For free slots, the same numbers apply. You could go on playing for a long time before you hit these averages, which is why trying to make up losses is never a good idea - the slot can stay random for longer than you can stay in pocket!
Interestingly, the Gambling Commission says there is no legal minimum RTP for gaming machines. The fact that the RTPs for slots all tend to cluster around the 95 per cent mark or thereabouts is probably due to competition between rival games makers and online casinos.
Variance and volatility
Variance and volatility make a lot of difference to the experience of playing a game. Long-time slot players have definite views about whether they like a high volatility or low volatility game. If you are new to the concept, high variance means that you have a chance to make a really big win; on the other hand, you will find that your balance goes down rapidly, even when you have free spins.
When people talk about high variance, they are often referring to a game in which you can get a win of 1,000x your wager. Low variance is the exact opposite - you are not going to win a great deal because the multipliers on your wagers are not very high, but you are going to get lots of play time for a modest outlay. Medium variance, of course, is a bit of both. Some players actually prefer medium variance games because they find them more random - they are not quite sure how the gameplay is going to go.
One great feature of the Slots Temple site is that if you click on the features option in the top menu, you can select games with the level of volatility you prefer.
If you like Zeus, you will love these!
If Greek mythology is your thing, you are in tune with the game’s designers, as it is very much their thing too. There is a fantastic choice of mythology-themed games that you can play here at Slots Temple that are absolutely free! Let’s take a look at some of the best.
Now that you have met the householder, namely Zeus, what about a game based in his back garden, namely Mount Olympus? This one is a great Genesis title, with a starring appearance for Medusa, who - as usual - is having a bad hair day. This one appears so bad that her shining locks have turned into seething snakes! She doesn’t appear to care, as she is after revenge in this title. If you are a wee bit snake phobic, this won’t be your favourite game, as you have to collect different types of snakes; however, if you are not herpetophobic, you will love the slightly creepy graphics and frantic gameplay.
How about joining a quest for the minotaur? This will involve breaching the mindboggling labyrinth, with its confusing signs, false exits and double backs - sounds like the M25!
Pragmatic Play has a great slot called Quest for the Minotaur. This includes animations and instead of those boring playing card symbols, you get a range of mythical creatures. You will be glad to hear that one of the symbols is the ball of thread you can use to find your way out of the labyrinth. There is a labyrinth escape bonus, which you have to collect treasure chests to access.
The Golden Owl of Athena has great music and a romantic design - much more tasteful and less lurid than some titles! Athena is a goddess and her mystical friend the golden owl has the reputation of understanding all the wisdom of the ages past and present. What is interesting about this slot is that Athena is in charge during the free spins and randomly chooses winners for you. The slot has expanding reels and great gameplay in addition to looking good.
The developers are not averse to continuing to mine the Zeus theme. The newer game Great Zeus has more paylines than the original - 40 in total. They have thriftily reused some of the lesser symbols from their original Zeus game - you might find that the vase looks somewhat similar, as does the Greek temple with the world ‘wild’ spelt out across it. The lightning bolt still gets you access to the free spins but is a different illustration.
What is the difference between the different versions of Zeus?
The original and great Zeus was so popular that WMS, the maker, has tried to develop the title further. Zeus 2 was originally for Facebook but is available here at Slots Temple, while Zeus 3 is released for mobile, tablet and PC and is also available here at Slots Temple.
What has happened is that the company has in effect produced a trilogy on the Zeus theme. All three parts have the quirkiness of their other titles, which always have an original look and feel. With Zeus 3, the game’s designers have expressed their originality by providing a completely different pyramid-style screen. The screen has six columns, the smallest on the left and the largest on the right.
All these games, including Zeus, can be played on mobile, tablet, PC or laptop. Some mobile users found earlier 100 payout line games too big to play satisfactorily on smaller mobiles; however, reviews for Zeus 3 say it works well on mobile due to the pyramid design. Fans love Zeus 3 because it has both a stacked and a single wild. Stacked wilds expand to cover the whole screen, and it even has reels that swap around.
Of the three, Zeus 2 - or II, if you prefer - seems to be slightly less popular. Released in 2012, it is showing its age a little and has not quite attained the classic status of the original Zeus. With the Zeus titles, WMS seems to be building a Zeus brand that it hopes fans will follow as new or related titles are released.
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|Themes:||Mythology, Ancient Greece, Gods|
|Features:||Bonus Game Wild Symbol Scatter Symbol Free Spins Medium volatility 5 Reels|
|Min Bet (all lines covered):||0.3|
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