Zeus vs Hades: Gods of War from Pragmatic Play presents a classic dilemma between the light and dark side, heaven and hell, good and evil. Interestingly, this dilemma is not just a thematic one but it imprints into the gameplay as well. In the most creative way, the game lets players choose their destiny.
Betting Options and Bonus Features
Zeus vs Hades: Gods of War features a 5x5 layout with 15 fixed bet ways containing a total of 10 regular paying symbols. Before the game even begins, players can choose between Olympus mode or Hades mode, which will alter the volatility level and the visual design of the game. The highest-paying symbol is Zeus/Hades, rewarding a neat 20x for a full line.
The slot is definitely not made for the weak since changing from Olympus to Hades mode will turn the volatility from high to very high. But the potential max win reward may be worth it after all, settling in at 15,000x the stakes! Not everything is crazy here though as the default RTP sits calmly at the industry standard: 96.07%.
The option to switch between modes provides a great amount of variety to the base game. In Olympus mode, there is a higher likelihood of triggering free spins, although the average winnings from these spins are lower. Conversely, Hades mode offers a lower probability of triggering free spins but provides higher average winnings during those spins.
Regardless of the chosen game mode, both offer the same set of features, including Expanding Wilds with Multipliers, free spins, and bonus buys. Expanding Wild symbols can appear both in the base game and the bonus round, which expands to cover the entire reel. A battle between Zeus and Hades determines the outcome, with the victor applying a multiplier ranging from 2x to 100x. In cases where multiple Expanding Wilds contribute to a win, their multipliers are combined.
Obtaining 3 Scatters triggers 10 free spins. During the free spins feature, any Expanding Wild that appears remains sticky until the end of the round. It’s a simple addition but can prove to combo with the multipliers quite well to create some spectacular moments.
Free spins cannot be retriggered, but they can be bought. Players have the option to purchase various types of free spins.
- Standard Olympus mode free spins: 75x the bet with an RTP of 96.04%.
- Standard Hades mode free spins: 150x the bet with an RTP of 96.14%.
- Super free spins from either mode: 300x the bet with an RTP of 96.01% or 96.08% (depending on the chosen mode). This option guarantees the appearance of at least one Expanding Wild symbol on the first free spin of the round.
Zeus vs Hades: Gods of War is the prime example of how you can innovate without stuffing too much into a slot. The mode switch option is so simple yet effective that it makes you wonder why it’s not incorporated into more games. All the features in the game themselves are pretty common, but putting on a cloak of blue from Zeus and red from Hades, they get invigorated with a sense of freshness. And hey, having a super high volatility option is always a plus for high rollers like myself.