Free Medusa Strike slot
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Medusa Strike slot by Pragmatic Play brings us the classic ancient Greek theme hitherto favoured more by Nextgen with their old classics Medusa and the volatile Medusa 2, latterly transposed to the Medusa Megaways format when Nextgen got in with the Megaways license from Big Time Gaming. Pragmatic Play therefore have a decent standard to attain here and sure enough there is some pretty dramatic music when opening the game and some great sound effects when wins appear. The appearance overall though is quite basic with Medusa appearing over the top and plain black reels and limited background artwork, so will our bankroll be able to escape this nest of vipers?
This is a 243-way slot so there are 3 rows on each of the 5 reels with symbols appearing both singly and stacked. The Temple Wild only appears on reels 2 to 5 so the 5-of-a-kind pays begin with 200 coins for Medusa herself, and this pertains to the basic 38-coin bet so about 5x. The Warrior is 150, Lioness 125, Bull 100, Unicorn 75 with six card values of either 50 or 25 coins for a full way. Your Golden Cobra scatter appears singly on all reels but there's a fixed jackpot chance to consider before we arrive at the bonus.
Any appearance of a Wild may randomly trigger a pick-me round with 12 tiles. You pick until collecting 3 the same which will award one of the 4 fixed jackpot prizes. These are Mini 30x bet, Minor 50x, Major 100x and finally Grand at 1000x stake.
You need to get the Temple Scatters on 3 or more consecutive reels from the first one. When you do, 10 free games are granted which can be retriggered without limit. Your enhancement? All card values are removed from the reels, meaning more higher symbols and Wilds are likely, as is a decent return.
Medusa Strike slot is well presented with a very good soundtrack and Pragmatic state it's of medium to high volatility. They also give us a very good 97.08% RTP here and you may have deduced that your bankroll could last quite a while in chasing those free spins. The smaller jackpots are quite regular too and somehwat make up for the limited amounts you can win in the base game due to the low way-pays. So we have a mechanic which is limited in innovation but a very enjoyable slot overall, although if you don't hit those free games often enough you may find those snakes of Medusa can really have a toxic bite...