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Rise of Athena [Play'n GO]

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Title: Rise of Athena
Developer: Play'n GO
Reels: 5
Rows: 3
Paylines: 10
RTP: 96.20% | 94.20% | 91.20% | 87.20% | 84.20%
Hit Freq: N/A
Max Win: 5,000x
Max Win Probability: Less than 1:100m
Volatility: Medium (6/10)
Min/Max Bet: 0.10/100
Release Date: November 12, 2020

Now Play: https://k8.io/games/slots/png_riseofathena

Rise of Athena: Slot Overview

In the ancient world, Athena was a huge deity and one of the most revered figures. Even Athens, the most important city at the period, was called in her honor. It's fascinating that she rarely receives the same respect as Zeus, the god of lightning, in the realm of slot machines. Is that just a coincidence or a patriarchal thing? Whatever it is, Play'n GO tips the scales in her favor by making Athena the lone deity to star in Rise of Athena in addition to giving her the major role. 


The game's basic yet enticing aesthetic gives it a strong start. Against a pale blue Aegean sky, a temple-like building serves as the background. Maybe the Parthenon minus the smog-stained yellow and brown skyline of Athens? The game has a timeless feel that will have you daydreaming about ancient Greece wherever Play'n GO sets it. They are still amazing 2000 years later, but they must have been spectacular back then. Although the 5-reel, 10-payline grid isn't quite as striking, the entire aesthetic is beautifully harmonious and embodies classical Greek architecture to the letter. 

Offers bets ranging from 10 p/c to £/€100 per spin, there is little in the way of extras, though wild symbols are more interesting than usual. As well as replacing regular symbols for a win, they also display random multipliers of x1-x3. If more than one wild is used in a line win, the multipliers will multiply each other for better returns.
The symbols are split into groups with low and high payoffs neatly down the middle. Lows are some lovely royals (10-A) with an olive leaf-draped design and a cracked marble typeface. They have a very Greek feel to them. Scrolls, smokey jars, plumed helms, Pegasus, and Athena make up the high payouts at the other end of the table. For five of a kind, the values from this lot range from 10 to 150 times the stake. Remember that when two Athena's appear on a line, they will each pay a 1x conciliatory win.



Rise of Athena: Slot Features

Rise of Athena only has one bonus feature, a number of free spins, in order to maintain the theme of simplicity. These result in 12 free spins when 3 or more owl scatter symbols appear on the reels. When 3, 4, or 5 are visible, owls can land anywhere and pay from any position, giving you 1x, 20x, or 500x the bet, accordingly.


Other than the way wilds behave changing, not much changes during free spins. Until their multiplier expires, wilds now that they have landed on the reels stay there. Between each spin, each wild's multiplier drops by one. A multiplier of three appears for three spins before disappearing, and so on. The last thing to note is that bonus spins cannot be re-triggered.


Rise of Athena: Slot Verdict

Rise of Athena serves you some old school game play with few features and as bumpy a ride as you like, fitting the subject matter it explores. Though it won't appeal to everyone, Rise of Athena seems to have achieved exactly what Play'n GO intended. In order to cater to players that enjoy a simple, Spartan style of gaming where nothing gets in the way of the fast-paced action, the team has kept things simple.

In saying so, the features you do get aren’t bad. Multiplier wilds are more than just show ponies. During the base game, they were instrumental in forming those larger 100-200x+ wins to keep us in the game. The x3 wild in conjunction with Athena or Pegasus came in handy here - as they did during the feature.

Interesting enough, most bonuses turned out to be less profitable than regular longer line wins during the main game, despite cleverly making the wilds sticky (kind of). Naturally, this does not imply that Rise of Athena always behaves in this manner; the game has great potential, which, after all, can only be realized during an especially rewarding round of free spins. The spotless graphics, which perfectly match the gameplay, are another plus.

Here are a few possible sticking points. The first, and arguably major drawback, is that if you're used to all the bells and whistles of a contemporary feature-laden slot, the gameplay can grow monotonous. It's not helpful to be stuck in a cycle of unsuccessful spins or to appear to be focused only on the first three reels, as if the other two don't exist. When those situations arise, perseverance is necessary and, if Athena is feeling generous, can result in payouts of up to 5,000 times the original wager.

Numerous gamblers like games that are little chaotic and mostly volatile. Players in this group would do well to give Rise of Athena a try since it seems to be targeted directly at this audience.

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