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Hades Gigablox Demo
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Hades Gigablox is the newest game from Yggdrasil to utilise the Gigablox mechanic. So far there are only two games that run on this type of engine. The first was Lucky Neko Gigablox, which was released in June 2020. The premise of a Gigablox slot is that the symbols can take on different sizes. The result is a thrilling session where each spin feels unique.
The game is set in the mythical underworld and sees our hero, Hades, battle a series of monsters amongst some chilling scenery. The soundtrack features a powerful, semi-distorted electric guitar, and Hades regularly chiming in with quirky remarks such as, “Why is punctuality no problem in the underworld? ‘Coz everyone is late.” It’s a dark theme that’s lightened up by state-of-the-art graphics, exciting gameplay, and a splash of humour.
Symbols and Payouts
The 6×6 grid offers a total number of 36 slots, but with each spin the number of symbols that appear varies because the slots merge in different formations. There are 50 paylines, and all 50 paylines must be played. The stakes range from 0.10 to 100, depending on the coin value selected. Players can win up to 11,129x their bet on a single spin.
The symbols are made up of 4 lower paying symbols, 4 high paying symbols, a Wild, and a Scatter symbol. The low paying symbols are represented by the suits, and they all pay the same. There are red hearts, green clubs, purple spades, and blue diamonds. Landing 3, 4, 5 or 6 suits will pay 0.2x, 0.4x, 0.8x, or 2x respectively. The high paying symbols are known as the ‘monster’ symbols, and players must land at least 3 to strike a win. The purple and blue monsters pay between 0.4x and 4x the bet, the green monster pays between 0.4x and 6x, and the red monster pays the highest, starting at 0.6x the bet for 3-of-a-kind, ranging up to 6x the bet for 6-of-a-kind.
During the base game and the bonus games, any of the symbols can land as a block symbol incorporating up to 36 slots, or a 6×6 symbol. The game pays from left to right on all paylines, so when you land a super-sized symbol on the starting reels you know you’re in for some definite, lucrative wins. Wild symbols substitute for all the other symbols except the scatter symbol, but they only come into play during the bonus features.
The first feature is the Wild Hunt feature. The feature occurs randomly at any time during the base game. Once the reels stop rolling, Hades leaps from the right hand side of the screen, where he has been standing all along, and dives head first into a monster symbol. He attacks all the monster symbols displayed on the screen, turning some of them into Wild symbols. It is possible that zero monster symbols are converted into Wilds during the feature, but this is very seldom.
The next feature is the Free Spins. Players must land at least 5 scatters to trigger this bonus. All the slots count towards the number of scatters, so if you land a 3×3 ‘Gigablock’ Scatter symbol, it counts as 9 scatters. The free spins awarded will be equal to the number of scatter symbols that triggered the feature. The Wild Hunt feature is in play throughout the free spins, so at the end of each free spin the monster symbols on the reels might be converted into Wild symbols, which makes for some engrossing free spins.
During the free spins, there is a meter on the left side of the screen which counts the number of Wild symbols received during the feature. When a certain number of Wild symbols have been gathered, the game moves to the next level. There are 4 additional levels which can be reached, and each level has a multiplier in play. The multiplier levels are displayed on the right side of the screen. They are 2x, 3x, 5x, and 10x. The free spins begin with a 1x multiplier, and when 10 Wild symbols are collected the game moves to the next level which incorporates a 2x multiplier. The advancement of levels continues in this way. Here are the levels that can be reached during the feature:
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Each time a new level is reached the meter on the left resets to zero, so the Wild symbols must be collected from scratch. The fact that the meter resets might make it seem as though reaching the next level would be difficult, but the Wild symbols are awarded quite generously during the free spins. In addition to this, each scatter that lands during the feature adds an extra free spin to the game, and every time a new level is reached an extra 2 free spins are awarded – so there should be plenty of time to collect Wild symbols.
Verdict: Hades Gigablox
This video slot incorporates amazing graphics all the way through – such as flaming columns during slow rolls, and mini explosions during the Wild Hunt attacks. The game follows a good progression and introduces the player to the Wild Hunt feature, which is central to the Free Spins, before the free spins are triggered. The fact that the Wild Hunt feature occurs during the base game also intensifies the slot’s enjoyment.
The Gigablox mechanic keeps each spin exciting and adds a new dimension to the ‘just-one-more-spin’ effect associated with great slot games. Landing mega-sized monster blocks is rewarding, even in the base game when there are no multipliers. Hades Gigablox has an RTP of 96% and a theoretical hit rate of 20.5% with a medium volatility, so there’s a realistic chance of landing a free spin feature even with a small buy-in if the bets are managed wisely. It makes for a fun, engaging video slot, all around.