Tue, May 14, 3:11am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:24pm
Most people are aware of Cupid. This cherub-like character makes an appearance in marketing materials on Valentines’ day. Bally have looked back at the original myths, which originate from Ancient Greece in the 2nd century. They have created a game which involves Psyche, the female target of Cupid’s love.
This is an older pokie, though still has plenty of charm. The game-play is made interesting in two ways. First, Psyche comes in long strips (stacks) on the reels. Second, there are target symbols which play a special role in the free spins bonus. Here are the highlights:
Cupid and Psyche has a unique free spins bonus game. This starts off simply enough, you need 3 bonus symbols – which show an arrows target. There are scatter prizes depending on how many of these you hit on the triggering spin. The maximum 5 gets you 25x your bet, 4 are worth 10x your bet and 3 gets you 3x. However many targets you get, you will trigger 12 free spins.
When the free games start, you’ll notice rows of 4 targets (mini ones) above reels 2 through 5. These will fill up, one hole at a time, as you hit the arrow target symbols. When there are 4 hits, you’ll hear a voice-over saying, ‘Wild Reel Won’, before that reel goes wild.
These wild reels are awarded from the right to the left – making them more valuable as they move across. Regular wilds (Psyche) still appear, so your chances of triggering all 40 win-lines from a single spin improve dramatically as your collect the targets.
While it is possible to collect enough targets to turn all 4 reels from the right completely wild, this is difficult. This pokie does not allow retriggers for the free spins bonus.
Another thing you’ll love about this Cupid-themed pokie is the stacked wilds. These show a beautiful raven-haired lady, who becomes animated when this symbol is involved in a win. You’ll find it in long enough strips on the reels to cover all 4 spots reasonably regularly. It is possible to get multiple reels covered in this stacked wild, creating up to 40 max wins.
Bally has used their standard 5×4 reel grid with 40 win-lines for this game. You can bet from 1c per line and up from there (very high if you are playing online – where you’ll also find auto-play). Psyche is the top paying symbol, with Cupid following and a golden harp completing the story.
Like on many older Bally slots, the boldly coloured playing card symbols are perhaps a little too numerous on the reels. These make up the smaller, though more regular wins.
While you mostly find the Cupid in the modern setting of Valentines cards, this pokie goes for the ancient myths look and feel. There are stone columns, which frame the reels. In the base game only Psyche and the target symbols have small animations. Overall the drawings are basic compared to more recent pokie titles.
When the free spins kicks in the are more animations. Those include the targets above the reels filling in and the reels turning wild one by one. The voice-over style announcement when each reel does go wild is a little out of place in the context of the ancient myths theme!
I would not let the basic design put you off, this game is all about the solid game-play – like many casino pokies of its generation.
Who said that pokies can’t be educational? While you almost certainly know about Cupid, this game will teach you the original myth that this Cherub got started with. This is not the most recent Bally title, though still remains enjoyable. Stacked wilds in the base game might have been an innovation years ago – though is very common now. What remains unusual is the ability to earn completely wild reels in the free spins bonus round. If your arrows are on target, there is plenty of potential for up to 4 completely wild reels.