Greek mythology is always a favourite when it comes to slot themes. Often, we get the Greek gods, mind you. Whilst Artemis is the goddess of the hunt (among many other things) and twin sister of Apollo, Medusa is not. She’s one of the Gorgons and her claim to fame is her ability to turn anyone into stone who looks at her. And then there’s the snake hair, of course.
Pitting these two against each other seems a little strange. Huntress she might have been, but slayer of the Gorgon she was not. Perseus defeated Medusa and, in that story, Artemis wasn’t even mentioned. Athena, now, that would have been a different thing.
Still, it sure makes for an epic setting, especially during the free spin battle. First, however, we find ourselves in some mountains with stone warriors guarding the reels. Graphically, Quickspin usually delivers and they don’t disappoint here.
Low value symbols are diamond-shaped gems in various colours, whilst high pays are monsters from Greek mythology. There’s a harpy, a gryphon, a minotaur and Medusa herself. She’s worth the most at 15x our stake. But Artemis also shows up as the highest value symbol, paying 25x our stake for a win of 5 on a payline.
The golden antler is the wild symbol, which replaces all others except for the scatter, which is the bow and arrow.
Bets can be placed from 0.20 to 100.00 per spin.
You may notice that the monster symbols have coins randomly attached to them. And there’s an Artemis with a golden frame landing only on reel five. If she lands on her reel, any monster bounty coins that are currently visible, will be paid out according to the highest value each symbol has.
When three scatters land anywhere in view, things are taken up among the stars. The reels keep spinning as usual, but above them a new mini scene is now visible. It shows Artemis on the left-hand side, facing all four monsters on the right-hand side. Below that is a meter that shows the progress the monsters make.
Basically, whenever Artemis now lands on the reels, all monsters in view move towards her. The progress on the meter is determined by the number of monsters in total. However, for every Artemis symbol that lands, one monster type is removed (from lowest value to highest). The monster bars are removed for that monster as well and a reward is paid out according to the Monster Bounty listed above.
Since this can continue back and forth for quite some time, we actually get unlimited free spins. They only end when the monster bar has filled up all 15 positions or Artemis has slain all monsters.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) is 96.17%, which is decent, though we are getting a highly volatile slot from Quickspin here.
Artemis vs Medusa is an epic and good-looking slot. But the gameplay, especially the battle in the free spins, may simply not be for everyone. It’s not the first kind of slot to use such a feature and some love it, especially fans of adventure or battle games of any kind. But it’s not simple, straightforward slot gaming.
The maximum payout is 5,286x our stake, which is good but not great. In summary, there’s certainly an audience for this game and they are likely going to love it. But more old-fashioned slot enthusiasts are probably going to give this one a pass.
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