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Medusa and Athena Unleashed: Sequel to a Sequel

Medusa Unleashed by Scientific Games
Written by Joshua

I previously wrote about the pairing of Zeus and Kronos in a series of sequels that led to Zeus and Kronos Unleashed. Based on the success of that, a new pair of Unleashed games continue that series with Medusa and Athena Unleashed.

Similar to Zeus and Kronos, each has a slight twist on the premium symbol in the base game (each matches one of their brother games), but the two share a Lightning Respin structure that differs from the brother games, but are the same with each other.

Let’s walk through the key similarities and differences between the two and their predecessors, and how the Lightning Respin differs.

How They’re All the Same

The Lightning Respin feature triggers the same way. Fill the reel on the base bet level, or get at least 6 in reel one on the More/Better bet levels, and you’ll get a Lightning Respin, with the ability to garner power-ups.

Get three or more bonus symbols to trigger the free spin bonus; the Boxing feature works the same where adjacent bonus symbols that are off alignment can actually give you more spins. The nudge feature on the bonus symbols remains.

Medusa Unleashed is the sister to Zeus in that two or more symbols starting from the left of the premium symbol, in this case Medusa, will pay. Athena is the sister to Kronos in that her symbol pays both left to right and right to left.

The Lightning Respin Bonus

Medusa Unleashed by Scientific Games Lightning Respin with Super Credits

Like Zeus/Kronos, Athena and Medusa have a Lightning Respin Bonus that features a series of power-up opportunities. For these two games they are as follows:

  • Jackpot: The one commonality of all four games is the Jackpot feature, which is signified by a lightning bolt. Two reels spin and award either a credit prize or a jackpot, meaning one jackpot symbol can yield up to two jackpots (although it can also yield two credit prizes). You can trigger this twice in one Lightning Respin Bonus.
  • Super Credits: Signified by a $ icon, his adds credit prizes to certain spaces on the board. If this space is filled with a symbol, you are paid a credit prize above and beyond the line hits you get. This can happen once in a Lightning Respin Bonus.
  • 2 Extra Rows: The double upward arrow awards two extra rows, which incorporates 20 extra lines. This can be added twice in one Lightning Respin Bonus.
  • Expand: The up and down arrow symbol will select either up or down, and expand the reel from that symbol in that direction with the premium symbol. This, two, can happen twice in one Lightning Respin Bonus.

You might notice that the features are amped up, but can happen less frequently, than Zeus or Kronos. This is a prime example of a slot sequel upping the volatility. This time, they’re not doing it by upping the bets, but having features that happen less often, but are generally going to be more fulfilling when they do happen.

For instance, on Zeus and Kronos you can trigger the Lightning Bonus as many as five times, vs. two here. You can add a row four times on Zeus and Kronos, vs. add 2 extra rows twice here. You can symbol expand four times on Zeus and Kronos, but expand symbols up or down just twice here.

You can increase your feature frequency with the higher more/better bet options; given they’re probably not going to come nearly as often, the extra bet from 75 credits to 100 on these versions may prove a bit more critical here than on the previous game.

Watch and Learn

Here is RandomSlots with an overview of Medusa Unleashed:

Diana Evoni played the new versions along with her friend Robert and saw a number of features:

About the author

Joshua

My name is Joshua, and I’m a 30-something who works in tech as a marketer by day, and dabbles in casinos periodically during off-times. Know Your Slots will reflect my interests in understanding the various ways you can play slots, games that give you a potential edge, casino promotions and systems and how you can get the most out of it.

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