Muse Slot Machine
Muses are part of Greek mythology, female gods who inspired the arts, literature and science – though in modern times this term is also used to describe a lady that inspires an artist. The ‘Muse, Wild Inspiration’ online slot from Net Entertainment uses elements of both.
The overall theme is very much ancient Greece – though you will see one of the symbols is an artist’s pallet. This game includes a wild that shows 3 different muses. When this hit the reels it randomly gives you one of 3 different extras (a wild reel, doubled win or sticky wild). During the free spins bonus round, these are combined – so you’ll get 2 different combinations each time.
How to Win on the Muse Slot
There are 25 win lines on this 5-reel video slot. I found wins were frequent, and often came in groups (especially when you hit the expanding wild). The single biggest prize comes from the lyre (stringed instrument from Ancient Greece). This is worth 500 coins for 5 of a kind, 100 for 4 and 50 for just 3. Next comes a scroll, complete with a quill writing on it at 300 coins for 5, followed by an artist’s pallet, which is worth 250. A golden goblet full of wine (200) and a bunch of grapes (150) complete the regular symbols.
Smaller wins are triggered by the playing card symbols ace through 10. These have been designed to fit with the overall theme with an angular design.
On-Reel Wild Symbols
In the base game, the wild is a golden circle which shows all 3 muses. When this hits it will randomly trigger one of the following:
Expanding Wild: The entire reel becomes wild and any wins for that spin are recalculated.
Doubled Win: For the current spin, any win created with the wild symbol pays 2x what is listed on the pay table.
Sticky Wild: The wild turns green, and the reels respin (for free), any extra wins are added to your total, before the wild disappears.
Free Spins Feature Round
There are scatter symbols in play, which are magical winged shoes. These have no prize attached, and only trigger the free spins bonus game. You get 10 free spins for 3, 20 for 4 and 30 for 5 of them anywhere on the reels.
You’ll see a very nice graphic on your way to the free spins. This shows all of the muses on a rock looking towards Mount Olympus. The difference in the free spins round is with the wild symbols. Instead of one wild showing all 3 muses, they are now split off into 3 different pairs. Here is what you can hit:
Sticky 2x Wild: This sticky wild triggers a respin, and will double any wins for both the initial spin and that respin before disappearing.
Expanding 2x Wild: An entire reel becomes wild, and doubles all wins it becomes a part of.
Sticky Expanding Wild: An entire reel becomes wild, and then stays in place while the reels spin again.
Things get really interesting when you hit more than one of these wilds at the same time. For example, a 2x wild and a wild reel next to each other.
Soft Ancient Greek Design
Many slots online showing Ancient Greece show the harder side of life – with swords and helmets. The overall design of this is warmer, using pinks instead of light blue. You can see some Greek buildings around the edges of the reels, and a calm sea beyond that. Each of the symbols spins in a blue square, and the unique symbols have decorated edges. The stand out for me is the musical instrument – though the rest of the symbols look clean and professional.
Animations come via the wild (Muse) symbols, which start out with the 3 ‘cartoon’ type muses in them. The expanding reels, sticky wilds and 2x wilds are all very professionally produced and smooth – as you would expect from Net Entertainment. The graphics between the main game and the free spins is also very nice. There are some strumming of an instrument noises and the occasional ocean sound during the base game. Things come to life in the free spins, where an on-theme tune will play in the background throughout.
Regular 25 Line Setup
NetEnt rarely mess around with their setups, and the Muse slot is no exception. This game has 25 win-lines, and you can bet from 1c per line and up. There is plenty of opportunity to raise your bet, via both a coin size and multiplier meter. As ever, you can enjoy this slot using auto-play.
Another smooth and well produced slot from NetEnt. Muse, Wild Inspiration is a fresh new take on the Ancient Greece theme. Overall this is a solid if unremarkable game, though the random wilds and combinations of those wilds (during the free spins) add some unique and entertaining game play. I am sure this slot will have its fans.