Gates of Olympus is a popular online slot created by innovative online games provider - Pragmatic Play. Released in early 2021, Gates of Olympus has become one of Pragmatic Play's signature titles.
It is a multifarious slot providing a bountiful free spins bonus feature, distinctive game mechanics, and high-paying multipliers.
In the following review, we'll go over the game's key elements, such as its theme and sounds, gameplay, bonus features, volatility, and wagering limits.
Gates of Olympus has a classical theme inspired by Ancient Greek culture – a common setting for many online slots.
You are located atop Mount Olympus eyrie with classical Corinthian pillars and temples in the background and a figure of the mighty Zeus hovering next to the grid. The sound effects and mystical ambient music perfectly match the game's classical theme.
Front and center is the game's grid, consisting of five rows and six reels (6x5). The game's functions allow you to adjust the gameplay, set the bet size (or coin value), and toggle the sound effects. In the information menu, you can learn more about the symbols, paytable, and the game's features and rules.
But the game mechanics are what make Gates of Olympus stand out. The game has tumbling or cascading reels, which we'll discuss below.
There are a total of ten symbols. The lower-paying symbols are the five gemstones (a ruby, a topaz, an amethyst-like stone, an emerald, and a sapphire-like stone). The higher-paying ones include a golden crown, a gold ring, a goblet, an hourglass, and the scatter symbol, represented by Zeus himself.
Gates of Olympus employs a Pay Anywhere mechanic, where landing a cluster of at least 8 symbols anywhere on the reels triggers a win.
The Tumble Feature is Gates of Olympus' main feature. After every spin during the tumbling sequence, the winning combinations are paid, and the winning symbols disappear. The empty positions are replaced with new symbols, coming from above. With a single spin, the reels can keep cascading, generating more wins. There is no limit to the number of tumbles that can be triggered. The sequence ends until no more winning combinations appear.
Gates of Olympus has a theoretical return to player (RTP) of 96.50%. It is a high volatility slot, making it a higher-risk game. However, high volatility means the wins, while less frequent, will be considerably bigger than medium or low volatility slots. The game's betting range is €0.20 - €125.
There are no wild symbols incorporated in this slot, but Gates of Olympus nonetheless has a number of other potentially high-paying bonuses and features.
One is the Ante feature, which increases the value of your bet by 25% but also increases the chances of landing scatters and unlocking free spins. With this feature activated, if you set your bet, for instance, at €1, you will pay €1.25.
At least 15 free spins are activated whenever you land a minimum of four scatters anywhere on the reels. During free spins play, your wins may increase if you land one of four multiplier symbols, which can boost the value of the wins between 2x and 500x. If you land one or more multipliers, they will be added to the total multiplier, and their value multiplied by the amount of winnings at the end of each free spin. If you don't land a multiplier in the current spin, however, your winnings from that spin won't be multiplied. You will get an additional 5 free spins if you manage to land at least 3 more scatters anywhere on the reels during the Free Spins session.
Gates of Olympus also has a pretty good maximum win of 5,000x the bet amount. So, if you bet €0.50 and hit the 5,000x jackpot, it will pay €2,500. The total amount you can win with this bonus feature depends on the casino's choice of maximum bet. For example, if the maximum bet is set at €125, you can win up to €625,000!