Boy oh boy, some themes don’t know when to call it quits when it comes to new casino games. At this stage, another Egyptian, Aztec or Irish slot just looks like a copy and paste, and it’s not too dissimilar when it comes to ancient Greek-themed slot titles. NetEnt has given us another in the ‘Quest for Immortality’ series with Parthenon: Quest for Immortality. Now, while we don’t like to judge a book by its cover, there seems like a fairly standard formula at play here, although cascading reels with free spins and multipliers never fail to capture interest when mentioned. It’s time to see what this title is awarding.
NetEnt is no stranger to releasing what many would consider to be the best online slot games to have surfaced in online casinos. When you see that NetEnt developed a slot, you’ll almost certainly receive a sound experience. Recent slot machines online they’ve released that we enjoyed were Street Fighter II: The World Warrior as well as Gordon Ramsay’s Hells Kitchen. As mentioned earlier, there’s an ancient Greek theme here centring around the Parthenon, a temple located upon the Acropolis in Athens dedicated to the goddess Athena. You’ll notice that the top row only consists of 4 reels and not six reels like the lower four rows. This is because there are cascading reels that mean ‘respins’ for every win achieved. Symbols in that top row that assist in making a winning combination become wild for the ‘respin’ instead of being removed along with the other winning symbols.
There’s a total of 10,000 paylines in Parthenon: Quest for Immortality, so winning chances shouldn’t be too hard to come by. However, there is a higher volatility, so wins won’t land as often but will pack a significant punch. Players going for glory can wager as high as £200, which results in the biggest wins and biggest losses. The minimum wager is a very low 20p, so there’s plenty of room to experiment with strategy. The maximum win amount isn’t very impressive, it must be said, being an underwhelming 1,250x your bet.
NetEnt have a superb track record of creativity. However, they fell a little flat here. The symbols are very basic, with the lower value ones consisting of playing cards 10, J, Q, K and A. The medium paying icons are the standard ‘online slots’ Greek themed icons, being a trident, a serpent, a Pegasus, a battleship and Medusa. The evil Medusa pays the highest of the base symbols for a 6 of a kind win.
Parthenon has two extra symbols: Quest for Immortality, being the self-titled Wild symbol and the self-titled Free Spins symbol. The wild acts as any symbol in the game, except the Free Spins symbol, to assist in creating winning lines.
We waited until this section to explain the functionality of the free spins symbol. However, those that have played a few online slots will likely know full-well what this symbol does. Should you manage to land three free spins icons on the same spin, you’ll be awarded eight free spins, while every extra free spins icon that lands on the triggering spin above the three required adds an additional four spins to the feature. Once you’ve collected three free spins icons during the free spins, you’ll be awarded another two spins, with the collection reset to 0. There are also multipliers attached to the free spin wins. The spins start with a 1x multiplier on all wins. However, every win using the symbols from the top row (consisting of 4 reels) adds another 1x multiplier.
The formula used in Parthenon: Quest for Immortality might have been used more times than we can count, and the theme isn’t exactly original, but there’s very little clutter and winning opportunities are very clear-cut. The only issue is that those wins just might not be as big as you would wish given the massive max bet and low maximum win amount. By all means, try it out for free here in demo mode, but there might be other titles out there more worthy of your time.