ABOUT CERBERUS’ INFERNO SLOT
Dark Greek myths appear to be the order of the day right now – not only will Fantasma Gaming unleash their Hades – River of Souls high variance slot on us in Summer 2020, but Thunderkick has also chosen that legend as the inspiration for the third installment of their five-part Beat the Beast series. Cerberus was a three-headed dog whose job was to prevent souls from escaping the underworld, which was ruled by Hades, the God of the Dead. Cerberus, like his master, was not a character to be trifled with, and he now joins the Sphinx and the Kraken as the frightening presence in a Beat the Beast game that slots players must conquer in order to get near to the 6,666x top prize available here. Cerberus’ Inferno, like the others in the Beast series, is high-risk action, pared down and lacking in blockbuster features, but it packs a punch and, like many Thunderkick games, benefits from some truly fantastic artwork. Let’s take a closer look at it.
SETTING UP THE GAME, SYMBOLS, AND GRAPHICS
The underworld is portrayed with stone steps rising upwards towards a stone bridge with lava flows and smoke all around in this basic 5×3 reel set. As you might think, it’s atmospheric music, and it’s a suitable start to an enormous game. The low value symbols, represented by the cards 10 through Ace, are shown on the reels, which are surrounded by elaborate artwork. Ancient Greek objects — a vase, a soldier’s helmet, a scepter, and two forms of the dog Cerberus – one a gold statue, the other a terrifying beast worth 150x for five on a payline – are the premium symbols here. Three or more of them will pay out from left to right on nine active paylines, with the number of active paylines growing to 243 in the bonus round.
Keep an eye out for the ordinary wild and the extra wild, which serves as a scatter to activate the free spins phase, which is where the huge wins are.
RTP, VARIANCE, AND PAYOUTS OF CERBERUS SLOT
The Beat the Beast series is all about high-risk slot gambling, as the name implies. So, if you’re looking for a few casual spins, stay away from this beast – it’s a fierce one, and you’ll be spinning without much reward for a long time until you unlock the free spins round and a shot at the highest payout of 6,666x. Meanwhile, the RTP is a typical Thunderkick 96.15 percent, and spins begin at just 10p each spin.
FEATURES AND GAMEPLAY
Thunderkick has trimmed the features to a bare minimum in this game, relying solely on Wilds and Free Spins to keep things moving. This is how they function.
Stacked Wilds and Wilds
Except for the other wild icon, the basic wild in this game will substitute for all others. It also appears in stacks, increasing your chances of winning.
Free Spins and the Golden Cerberus Wild
The Cerberus Wild also serves as a substitute for all other symbols and works as a scatter. To activate the free spins round, you must land three or more symbols on a single spin. You’ll gain 10 free spins with a good payoff if you obtain 3 Golden Cerberus, 4 Golden Cerberus, 20 Golden Cerberus, and 5 Golden Cerberus.
When the free spins round begins, the payout mechanism shifts to 243 paylines, paying both left to right and right to left when similar symbols appear on adjacent reels, regardless of their location. You can even re-trigger the free spins by landing more scatter symbols.
Thunderkick has a strong track record in high-variance slots, with titles like Pink Elephants, Fruit Warp, and Flame Busters to name a few. When we first heard about the Beat the Beast series, we were ecstatic. In some ways, they’ve given exactly what high-risk slot aficionados want: challenging gameplay and the possibility to win large when the bonus features align in the bonus round. Outside of those spectacular passages, though, you can’t help but think there’s more going on. Cerberus’ Inferno, like the Kraken and Sphinx games, is a magnificent-looking beast, but it lacks characteristics outside of the bonus round. So whether or not you appreciate it is a question of personal preference and gaming style. If you do decide to play, keep in mind that you should gamble responsibly.