Through Yggdrasil Gaming’s YG Masters program, Hot Rise Games and ReelPlay created Medusa Hot 1, their second slot machine. The goal of the initiative is to inspire new and innovative online slot games, and Medusa Hot 1 delivers on that promise with its redesigned take on one of the most well-known and feared figures from Greek mythology.
Format & Presentation for “Medusa Hot”
Medusa, with her head of snakes for hair, is the scary symbol in question. Although there are lots of stone-turning pranks in this game, players are thankfully immune to her granite-making glance, as the legend goes, anyone who dared look at her scary expression was quickly turned to stone.
This slot machine has 5 reels and 15 betting lines. The reels are enclosed in a plain granite frame that calls to mind a temple, and the rest of the screen is suitably dark and dungeon-like, lit only by a few torches.
Playing card values J, Q, K, and A represent lower-value symbols, whereas six mythological figures from Greek mythology, such as the Cyclops and the Minotaur, represent higher-value symbols. Medusa herself is wild, and the bonus symbol in green serves as a scatter. Any regular game win that includes a wild symbol will have that win doubled.
We think this game’s simplistic aesthetics, with their bright colors and cartoonish aesthetic, will translate nicely to mobile devices. In terms of sound, we advise donning headphones for the greatest experience, since an eerie orchestral soundtrack does a terrific job of setting a mood.
Unknown Respin Option
The Mystery Respin feature is activated when two bonus scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels. The scatter symbols will remain on the two reels that they appear on, while the remaining reels will respin once.
You will be awarded a Medusa Wild Respin if any of the bonus scatter symbols become wild before the respin is played out. A Medusa Power Respin occurs if the bonus symbols become wilds and multiply wins by 5x.
Gamble Feature Free Spins
Free Spins are triggered by landing three or more bonus scatter symbols anywhere on the reels during regular play or after a Mystery Respin. You’ll receive seven free spins as a result, and the scatters that activated the feature will morph into the least valuable character from Greek mythology and remain in place throughout the bonus round.
Any additional bonus symbols that appear during a free spin will also change appearance, remain in position, and earn you an additional free spin. All sticky figures will turn to stone and convert into the next highest Greek myth figure if you take a free spin and no new bonus symbol occurs. As the Free Spins feature progresses, the sticky figures will morph into increasingly expensive symbols.
Hot 1 is the name of the last free spin. For this turn, any symbols that have remained sticky will act as wilds. Another Hot 1 spin will be given if any further bonus symbols show up, turning each of them into sticky wilds. If no further bonus symbols emerge during the Hot 1 spin, the round will terminate.
Yggdrasil’s Head of Product and Programs, Stuart McCarthy, remarked, “This latest addition to the YG Masters portfolio offers a fresh take on the proven Greek mythology theme.” According to YG Masters, “Medusa Hot 1 fits perfectly into the YG Masters offering, which was introduced to deliver unique and innovative content from independent studios, thanks to its exciting features, high win potential, and eye-catching tall symbols.”
“The latest in Hot Rise Games’ Hot 1 series, Medusa Hot 1 provides an intense, high volatility engine packaged with a proven theme and accompanying art and soundscape,” remarked ReelPlay CEO David Johnson. The bonus rounds in the Hot 1 series of games are guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat, and there is a high chance that you will walk away with a tidy sum of money.