Free Apollo Pays Megaways slot
Apollo Pays Megaways free play demo
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Apollo Pays Megaways slot by Big Time Gaming is the first Megaways model to bring us 'hold and spin' for any wins appearing in the base game. This has been seen many a time before on slots such as Jack Hammer 2 from Netent and you could well have seen it in bonus rounds on Megaways slots like Aztec Gold from iSoftBet and an equally popular game Dog House Megaways by Pragmatic Play. So we have the theme of Apollo, the Greek God of almost everything including poetry, music, and art. This means an ancient Greek city as the background and gentle classical music as we spin although aside from a couple of symbols there's little reflection of this on the reels. So can Apollo prove also to be the God of our bankroll here or will it endure a Greek tragedy?
You get 2-7 rows on each of the 6 reels with no top scrolling row, so 64-117649 ways to win on Apollo Pays Megaways. Symbols can appear stacked and there are no replacement tumbles for winning ones - this is because they are held in place for a re-spin (including any scatters) and each re-spin that adds 2+ more symbols to the combination of the winning ways will then hold the symbols added and so on until only 0 or 1 relevant symbols land. The 6-of-a-kind pays are lower than usual, 5x bet Purple Gems, 0.5x Red, 0.4x Blue or Green with six card values of 0.3 down to 0.2x. Apollo Wilds can land on the center 4 reels and Lyre scatters anywhere. You cannot buy the feature here but any win of over 100x can be exchanged for it and wins between 25-100x can be gambled on a segmented wheel where the green winning part is bigger according to the amount won.
When you've landed 3 Lyre scatters in view either collected in re-spins or straight in, or you've gambled a win to trigger them, you get 10 spins with +2 for each one over the 3. Now we get an increasing multiplier for every win and re-spin which adds to it, not resetting between spins. If you get 3 scatters in a spin +4 spins are added with +2 for any over the 3. The basic mechanic of the game means wins are less frequent on average than most slots so the bonus is very volatile!
With the Apollo Pays Megaways slot BTG have tried something a bit different and it works. You get a reasonable, but obviously not high win frequency for the mechanic and the base game throws in the odd big win which you can gamble for the feature or collect. Aesthetically it's fine as are the sounds and the feature is slightly more frequent in my view than it is on say Bonanza. The obvious benefit here is to get winning spins with as many ways as possible in play, thus giving more positions to add further winning symbols but you do get most wins with small reels! This goes for the bonus too which has some considerable potential via some quite high multipliers but again small reels will limit wins. You have a 96.51% RTP which can go to 96.56% presumably by effectively using the win-to-feature gamble. Does Apollo actually pay? Well sometimes...