Sunday, September 6, 2020

Zeus II by WMS

Slot machine name:  Zeus II

Manufacturer: WMS


Lines40 lines

Reel dimensions: 5 reels, 4 symbols per reel.

BonusesFree spins bonus, with HOT HOT RESPINS feature

Progressive:  No progressive

Author's Rating: 8.0/10

Zeus is one of the older video slot machines to still make regular appearances in casinos today.  Part of WMS's Hot Hot Respins series, Zeus can be a great machine to park at when you're looking for a low volatility game that stretch your money and your time while still offering decent, consistent bonuses. 

There are two high paying symbols.  The "Zeus II" symbol is the highest premium, and always comes stacked in columns of at least four high.  The symbol tends to be somewhat common, and the majority of payback on these machines comes from various sizes of Zeus symbol payouts.

The other less common premium symbol is the pegasus, which comes stacked in groups of two.  Though less common than the Zeus symbol, these can also offer decently large pays.

The bonus is triggered by getting three blue lightning bolt symbols, which appear on the first three reels only. This will grant ten free spins with extra Zeus symbols stacked.

In order to trigger the game's primary feature - the "Hot Hot Super Respin" - you will need to land a full reel of Zeus II symbols on the first reel.  This can happen on any spin, although it's much more common during the bonus feature due to the extra Zeus symbols that are added.

Once you do this, you'll see the Hot Hot Penny mascot pop up, and all Zeus and Wild symbols will lock in place.  Then you will receive two additional free respins, which will continue to lock in place every Zeus and Wild symbol you manage to land.  At the end of the two additional respins, you will be paid once for all line hits.

This single feature is responsible for most of the big wins in this game.  Triggering this tends to be fairly easy, which in turn means that even a full screen of Zeuses or Zeus's plus wilds will only net you between 200x and 400x your original bet, depending on the specific pay tables on the machine.  This is the primary reason the machine's variance is so low.

In conclusion, Zeus is a great machine that you can sit at for a while without too much concern you'll lose your money quickly. You'll likely see plenty of respin features, which is great!  Give it a try the next time you're at your local casino!

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