Medusa 2: The Quest of Perseus is a video slot game by PG SOFT, a game developer based in Malta. The company was founded in 2015 and has since then grown rapidly and established offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company’s aim is to “revolutionize mobile app gamification”, and it has been doing a truly impressive job. The games by PG SOFT feature top-quality artwork and 3D gameplay, effectively crossing the border between the video slot and a video adventure game.
Medusa: Beauty Turned into Nightmare
According to the Greek legend, Medusa was one of the three monstrous Gorgon sisters. She had live poisonous snakes growing on her head instead of hair, and her terrible gaze turned living flesh into stone. She used to be a beautiful woman once but boasted so much that Athena, the goddess of wisdom, punished her by turning her hair to snakes. Perseus, the son of Danae by Zeus, a great hero, defeated Medusa and cut her head off. To avoid meeting her deadly eyes, he would look at the reflection in his shield. Perseus then used Gorgon’s severed head that retained its awful power to turn a sea monster into stone, and thus save the princess Andromeda who would become his wife.
Medusa II: Live the Myth
Medusa 2: The Quest of Perseus is a 5-reel, 3-row slot game with 30 fixed paylines and an RTP of 94,96%. The bets range from 0,01 to 1,25. It runs on Windows, MAC, IOS, and Android, and you can play the game on Bitcasino both for real money and in fun mode.
In this game, you take on the role of Perseus, the legendary hero, and venture into the terrible lair of Medusa, which is already filled with stone statues that had once been brave warriors but were turned into stone by Gorgon's deadly gaze. As the reels spin, you get a first-person view of your character moving through the firelit ruins of a temple as if you were playing an adventure game.
The basic symbols that land on the reels are the four card symbols (Jack, Queen, King, Ace), and the higher-level symbols are a dagger, a mace, a torch, a shield, and a helmet with a sword. The portrait of Perseus himself is a Wild symbol. The game’s special features are the Stone Reels feature, the Pot Selection feature, the Soul Stone Collection feature, and the Free Spins feature.
Stone Reels Feature
The feature is triggered when 1, 2 or 3 intertwined stone snakes appear on the reels, covering the whole reel. The snakes may bring with them a red Soul Stone (1 or 2 of these) or a Blue Potion. When the reels stop spinning, the stone snakes are shattered revealing any random symbols, except for the Wild or Stacked Wild ones.
Pots Selection Feature
The feature is launched when three Pots land on the reels. You can then choose one of these, and, if you chose right, the Pot will reveal a Soul Stone, a Blue Potion, a cash prize, or a respin. The cash prizes hidden in the pots range between 1 to 5 times the bet that you have placed for the spin that triggered the Pots Selection.
Soul Stone Collection Feature
If Fortune smiles at you, you can collect 3 red Soul Stones and unlock the Free Spins Feature as a reward. Above the reels, there is a Blue Meter that shows the number of games left to you before all Soul Stones disappear.
Beware of the malicious Medusa who is likely to attempt to destroy the Soul Stone. If she appears when there is no winning combination on the reels, the Soul Stone is destroyed. However, if there is a win with the basic symbols, the Stone remains. If the winning combination includes the Helmet, the Shield, the Torch, the Mace or the Dagger, Perseus springs forward to attack the hideous creature and gains the Soul Stone.
If you have received a Blue Potion in the Pots Selection game or from the Stone Reel, 3 more games are added to the Meter. At the end of the Free Spins game or when the Blue Meter is emptied, all the Soul Stones disappear, and the Blue Meter is restored to 12 cells.
Free Spins Feature
When the well-chosen pot unlocks the Free Spins feature for you, you begin with ten free spins. However, Medusa will come forth, and Perseus will have to engage in a battle with her. You can see your hero’s progress as the HP bar displayed above Medusa gets smaller.
If a winning combination including a Helmet, a Shield, a Torch, a Mace or a Dagger lands on your reels, Perseus attacks again, and Medusa’s HP is further reduced by the amount based on the size of your win. If one or more Wild Perseus’ portrait appears, Gorgon immediately turns the reels holding those symbols into stone. They will remain petrified during the following free spin. After that, these reels are transformed into the Stacked Wild symbol and remain in that state for 3 more free spins.
If during these ten free pins, Medusa runs out of her Hit Points, she is defeated, and you are rewarded with five more free spins. After Perseus has defeated the monster, he spins his great shield and reveals the number of the Wild symbols (1, 2, 3, 5, 7 or 9) that will be randomly added to the reels.
The first thing that strikes you about the game is the astonishing quality of the video. The game trailer is an actual 3D action movie, and the gameplay loses none of the excellence. It is beautiful and dynamic, and keeps your eyes glued to the screen, as there are two stories unraveling in front of you simultaneously: the story on your reels, and the adventure of Perseus. The extra features are fun, and the chances of a big win are high.
This is definitely a game worth trying your hand at, both for the winnings and for the sheer visual delight.
Words: Jelena Schmidt