Hercules High and Mighty Slot
In ancient Greece, their mythological stories had to be good enough to entertain and impart knowledge on the masses in a pre-Netflix world. And they mastered the art of storytelling so well that mythical characters, like Hercules, have survived long enough to be adapted into one of our pop culture forms of entertainment, the mighty online casino game. Mythical stories and creatures are nothing new to casino-style online slot games, so game designers have some pressure when they pick a subject like nymphs, Zeus, and Hercules (the high and mighty).
Barcrest, this game’s UK developer, is known for a wide range of games and not really for specializing in one genre or artwork styling. They are the creators of Spartacus and Treasures of Troy, so they aren’t new to the ancient worlds that straddle Earth and the heavens. Hercules High and Mighty takes players into the world of Mount Olympus and its gods; most importantly, the world of half-god-half-mortal, Hercules.
High and mighty—do they mean the wins?
The reels sit between two mammoth marble columns, held up by heavy chains, which seems to be a fairly authentic nod to ancient Greece architecture. Use the command buttons on the right-hand side of the screen to set your lines, the amount of your bet and then spin.
You will have to summon the strength and bravery of Zeus’ most famous son—he’s the only one with a Disney movie, at least—to enter the big bet but if you don’t have it in you to go all the way you can still pick up some free slot games and coins playing the basic mode of this game.
For instance, The 5-reel, 100-payline slot includes expanding and persistent expanding wilds. Since Hercules himself is wild in this game, he will expand over the length of a reel to make the whole reel wild. Each combination goes right to your coin count. Now, on to the most exciting features of this game.
As always, wilds replace everything except the scatter symbols, which are deemed precious because they could earn you free spins of 8, 12 or 20 if you land 3, 4 or 5 of them. The special scatters are the golden coin symbol, which is on all reels and can re-trigger your free spins to a mighty degree. When the mighty reels feature is triggered, the chains lift the reels up and reveal even more paylines, from 50-100. Mighty reels is mighty awesome but it can be a little tricky to understand if you haven’t already played this game in it’s land-based version, online on your PC or Mac computer or on your mobile device.
The big bet bonus
Get five linked spins on the reel and you’ve got the big bet, of which there are three different awards:
- $20 = wilds expand and you play all 100 paylines
- $30 = wilds expand across the board and low (4) cards disappear
- $50 = mighty reels stays in action until a win occurs
All options have four spins.
The bottom line
What is totally ingenious about this game is that the makers have taken the concept and really run with it. We loved the way that the background artwork and animations play into the actual game. That doesn’t always happen, with reels and background artwork being mostly independent of one another in a lot of the games we review. Hercules is a big, hulky hero but we could see a wide range of players getting into the action here.
The big bets are just too good to ignore, though they would be difficult to win on. The game seems to give a good value for money because even at the $50 big bet value the game remains open until you win. That’s a really nice touch on the creators’ behalf.
We hope you’ll give this game more than one chance because although it doesn’t pay off right away, or very big all the time, it’s one that begs for repeat plays and you’ll find that you’ll catch it on a very generous day once in a while. From us to you, this game gets our seal of approval at two big centaur wings up!