ALL ABOUT MEDUSA: FORTUNE AND GLORY SLOT
For relatively new and upcoming slots studios like Dreamtech Gaming, finding a way to partner up with a more established name in the business is a great way to get increased coverage for your games by benefiting from the reach and financial clout of the company you buddy up with. We’ve seen partnerships before – in particular Microgaming now seem to push out more titles on their network from studios like Just For The Win than their own creations. Yggdrasil have taken this strategy to another level and built a branded set of partnerships they call Yggdrasil Masters in which independent studios like DreamTech provide the creativity whilst the Swedish developer bring their iSense 2.0 platform and Boost gamification tools to the show. The aim is to create unique and thrilling new games whilst giving a leg up to newcomers and a different kind of Yggdrasil release for the consumer. A win-win all round. The latest in this series is Dreamtech’s Medusa: Fortune and Glory. It’s a strong slot with excellent features and a whopping 70,000x + top payout. Eyecatching indeed. Let’s take a look and see what makes this one tick.
GAME SET-UP, SYMBOLS AND GRAPHICS
Fortune and Glory is not the first Medusa-themed slot we’ve seen in summer 2020. Already Quickspin’s Armetis vs Medusa offers typically high-quality graphics and animations and some fun free-spins gameplay, so Dreamtech have their work cut-out to compete. Thankfully they’ve produced a game that holds its own in the pantheon of Ancient-Greek slots. The artwork is cartoon-like, a bit reminiscent of a an Asterix cartoon book. The backdrop to the 6×4 reel set is a turquoise lagoon, surrounded by high rocky cliffs. The reels themselves contain low value card icons, from 10 through to Ace. The premiums are represented by various mythical beasts from Greek legend, including Pegasus and the Minotaur. The latter is the highest value symbol at 10x for six on a payline.
Look out as well for the Wild, represented by the Medusa symbol which subs for all others and plays a key role in the base game. And finally, cross your fingers for the Bonus symbol, three or more of which unleash the free spins rounds.
MEDUSA: FORTUNE AND GLORY SLOT RTP, VARIANCE AND PAYOUTS
The biggest draw in this game for many players will be the astronomical top payout of over 70,000x. In reality your chances of hitting this are ludicrously small – think lottery wins! But nonetheless it does indicate a game that might offer bigger payouts in the 10,000x + range for those who want to tackle its high variance engine. The RTP is set at 96.62% and the minimum stake is just 10p per play. Bear in mind that the high volatility of this game suggests it will pay out infrequently so choose a low stake if you want your bankroll to last.
GAMEPLAY AND FEATURES
Fortune and Glory is a game with straight forward features and the opportunity to boost wins with some decent free spins and multiplier combos in the bonus rounds. Here’s how they work.
Wilds and Spreading Wilds
The Medusa Wild is a very useful feature throughout the game. When it lands, sometimes it will trigger Spreading Wilds – here, each Medusa Wild begets up to 3 snake wilds that take up positions across reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 to create more win opportunities.
The Free Bonus rounds are set up by landing three or four Bonus Symbols. There are two features to choose from as follows:
Fortune Feature– pick from six treasure chests to reveal between 8 and 40 free spins, and a multiplier of between 2x and 20x. It is also possible to re-trigger the bonus round by landing a further 3 or 4 bonus symbols. When you do, the original multiplier will apply to your next set of spins.
Glory Feature – pick from six chests again to reveal between 5 and 20 spins, with additional wilds in play. On each spin up to three normal symbols become wilds. It’s also possible to re-trigger this feature by landing more bonus symbols.
Medusa: Fortune and Glory is a really nice slot. The base game is fairly simple with just the Wilds and Spreading Wilds to look out for above the standard wins. But it’s the free spins rounds where things really hot up. The massive win potential is driven by the chance of hitting a high number of free spins with a high multiplier of up to 20x, or three extra wilds per spin. Once again though, a word of caution – it will be a very rare things to hit 40 spins and a 20x! So enjoy, and gamble responsibly.