There are few excellent slots that base their theme around an old story, and the fable of Jason and the Golden Fleece is as old as any! Dating back over three millennia, this Greek story of Jason’s quest to find the Golden Fleece, as well as that small extra detail of reclaiming the kingdom of Iolkos from King Pelias. The argonauts, Jason’s accompanying crew, will be a name you are probably more familiar with due to the title of Maggie Nelson’s sharp-witted novel.
Presented over a standard 5 x 3 setup with a unrousing 25 paylines structure, this slot from Microgaming has a nice array of characters, tasks and bonuses, with a greta loyalty to the theme.
Artifacts and Argonauts are the symbols
High paying symbols in the game are present in the form of the places that the intrepid explorer will stomp, these include the regions of Iolcus, Mysia, Symplegades, Crete, Sirenum and Colchis. Jason’s sailing ship is also present on the reels, named the Argo, the Argonauts themselves and our Jason of course, along with Chiron and Medea.
The scatter is present as that all so important golden fleece, with the logo of the game as a combined wild and scatter symbol, whose functionality is detailed below.
Get three, four or five of Jason and the Golden Fleece logos across the reels to win 10 free spins. It’s right now that every resulting prize will get a 3x multiplier attached to the win. More spins can be triggered during the round by simply landing more scatter symbols, it’s interesting to note that at this point you’ll also have the possibility to trigger the epic Jason’s Journey Bonus, detailed next.
The free spins feature is a mere sideshow in the this game, as well loved as they are. Here the real showstopper is this cracking bonus round. The aim is to move from one bonus game to another whilst completing an array of Jason’s tasks.
When you first trigger the bonus you’ll only get the one game, but the more you manage to trigger the feature the slot will open up more game’s each time, giving you more chance to win. Landing three, four or five Golden Fleece symbols will activate the bonus.
The games that can appear and how they activate:
Iolcus Shield Bonus – pick six from twelve shields to reveal prizes*
Mysia Harpy Bonus – match four of the same elements to win and reveal a multiplier*
Symplegades Shipwreck Bonus – pick an item and keep the prize; you can return it for a chance of something bigger, but only twice*
Crete Wheel Bonus – spin the Wheel of Talos and reap the guaranteed rewards*
Sirenum Card Bonus – play a higher or lower card game; try to reach the fourth card for an extra bonus*
Colchis Potion Bonus – try and put the dragon to sleep by mixing a powerful potion; the longer he sleeps the more you win*
*Taken from Microgaming’s press and media pack
There are many good points about this game. The theme is mysterious and exciting, it really drags you in (in fact, here at Bitcasino HQ we Googled the original story of Jason and the Golden Fleece off the back of this review). The graphics are stunning, the sound effects and general background sounds are sharp and on point. But what really pulls it together is that lovely variety of bonus games. A must for fans of Greek mythology.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring