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Microgaming have dropped this cacophony of cartoon mythology on us just at the right time - here is Hot as Hades. An unlikely hero takes us through a series of adventures inspired by the myths of the ancient Greek gods, supported by stunning graphics and an uplifting soundtrack. Drop in to Hades’ lair with its flowing lava, fireballs and the man himself with hair ablaze.
Presented over the 5 x 3 reel setup with a modest 20 paylines, this slot gives you a crash course in mythology. Medusa’s snakes, Poseidon’s ocean and Zeus’ lightning bolts adorn the reels with a symphony of pizzicato strings, xylophone, fortissimo brass as well as a female choir to boot.
Get five free spins during the base game with the Super Mode Free Spins feature, the feature will activate at random anytime, so keep an eye open for this. Another nice touch is the Held Wild feature, up to three symbols get transformed into held wilds for the entire feature, during which time it becomes possible to gain a 2x multiplier to be applied to your winnings. You can go on to take away up to 2,000 times your stake.
The big draw
The star of the show here is the Quest for the Crystal Helm Bonus feature. Activated when you land three or more scatter symbols anywhere across the reels, your aim is to reclaim the crystal helm guarded by Hades’ all-powerful associates. The feature has five levels, playing individually in sequence. A single pick is granted for each level:
Pillars of Awesomeness - pick a pot for 4 cash prizes and a ‘Win All’ option.
Medusa’s Gaze - where you choose a path for 3 cash prizes, 1 ‘Win All’ option and an end option.
Poseidon’s Ocean - pick a shell for 2 end options (a risky one)..
Zeus’ Stairway - select a cloud for cash prizes and 2 end options.
Chamber of the Crystal Skull - choose a chest for 2 choices.
A lot simpler than it may seem, the game brings extra rewards for getting the crystal helm too. The graphics are great during this feature with the wealth of mythological characters turning over fast. Potential payouts are good, with a maximum of 260x your stake up for grabs.
Hot as Hades is a nicely balanced slot, and we are pretty impressed by both the graphics and the features. The medium variance giving it a fair and seemingly lively pace without feeling too jumpy and erratic. Medusa, Poseidon and Zeus bring a sense of entertainment, and contribute to the nice wins that come at more than acceptable intervals. The Super Mode Free Spins feature that brings a 2000x your stake tops off this weel rounded effort from Microgaming, with a big fat YES from us.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring