Zeus has been a workhorse theme for WMS (now a division of Scientific Games) for 20 years. About 10 years ago, Great Zeus was released as part of a series of new games and brought some of what made Zeus, well, great to the game, while adding a new twist in the bonus round.
Stacked Zeus symbols still offer the best payouts, and pay at a minimum of two across, a hallmark of the series. Some of the other symbols are stacked too, helping to get some decent hits on the base game when you line up the semi-premium symbols.
The game was one of a newer line of games that followed the G+ Deluxe series and offered Must Hit By progressives. The game featured the same range as on that line, with a $25-$50 range on the Minor and the $250-$500 range on the Major.
Three or more bonus symbols gives you the bonus. More symbols give you more spins:
- 3 bonus symbols: 10 free spins
- 4 bonus symbols: 15 free spins and 10x your total bet
- 5 bonus symbols: 25 free spins and 100x your total bet
During the free spins there are red Zeus symbols in reel 5. When they appear, they will turn whatever’s in reels 1-4 into Zeus (except in the case of it being a wild), and they stay as Zeus during the rest of the bonus. Over time, you accumulate more and more Zeus symbols on the reels, joining with the stacks of Zeus to potentially collect more big line hit wins (given Zeus is the top paying symbol). Red Zeus do count towards five of a kind Zeus as well.
There are also extra spin symbols on reel 5, which can add an additional spin. This can help when you’ve collected enough Zeuses to start getting a lot of 3 and 4 of a kinds, as you’ll get a decent line hit and another spin. There is some separation on reel 5 between the red Zeus symbols and the extra spin symbols, so you will generally get one or the other.
It’s a nice take on the Zeus series of games, while adding some new components that keeps the game fresh. It’s a game I enjoy sitting down and playing whenever I see the machine in casinos.
Watch and Learn
Here is a video from RandomSlots that features the pay table, live play and a bonus:
Here’s a video featuring the game from Slotlady:
TheBigPayback featured a big win bonus on the game: