Thu, Aug 29, 4:03pm by William Brown
Last Updated Sat, Oct 5, 4:10am
Gods take many forms in Asian myths. Dragons are the best-known mythical creatures. You’ll find they play a key role in the Ancient Gods pokies from RealTime Gaming. Other gods include a phoenix, tiger and fierce looking turtle. This game has a detailed and lively design. In contrast with many RTG online pokies, animations and spectacular special effects are frequent.
Golden medallions are a welcome sight in this game. These can make entire reels wild if they land in the right place. Wilds are much more frequent in the main bonus feature. Here you have a legitimate shot at covering all 5 reels with wild symbols for a huge prize. Here are the things that make this Asian style pokie mythical:
You can’t miss the medallions. These are oversized, and a striking mix of glowing green and sparkling gold. They are scatter symbols, with a key role in triggering the free spins bonus.
In base game spins these symbols can also turn entire reels wild. To do this, they need to land on the top of the three rows. If a win is possible, you will see flames surround the 2 rows below them. Red dragons (which are the regular wild symbols) then appear. This makes the entire reel wild, with wins recalculated at that point.
Your biggest base game wins will come when multiple reels turn wild.
3+ of the medallions gets you into the free spins bonus. The background of the reels changes from mountains to a tranquil garden scene. The number of free spins you get depends on how many golden medallions hit the reels and how many of them expanded.
You get 2 spins for each (non-expanded) medallion. If one or more expanded on the triggering spin, then you get 2 more for each red dragon. If 4 scatters trigger this bonus, then all wins are doubled. If all 5 trigger it, then all wins are tripled.
Wilds expand to fill reels whenever a centre dragon (the red dragon symbols) land – in addition to the medallions. This gives you a better shot at covering multiple reels, making this the perfect time to have 3x wins!
Free spins can be retriggered with 3+ medallion symbols.
RTG opted for a 25 win-line setup for Ancient Gods. These cross a 3×5 grid – and are adjustable. Bets start at 1c per line up to 10c max. The spin button has 3 components. The main one shows a circular arrow. To the right is auto-play (two arrows with a triangle), and the pile of coins to the left is for max-bet.
Wild red dragons have the biggest line prize. These are worth 2500 coins for the maximum 5. Scatters also come with big prizes – 200x your total bet for the maximum 5. Green dragons, the golden phoenix, a tiger and turtle complete the higher paying symbols.
In an unusual choice, the filler symbols each show the skin of a different Ancient God. There are 3 coloured dragon scales, golden feathers, tiger stripes and the turtle shell.
This pokie has a lot of detail, both on the reels and around them. Outside of the golden frame of the reels is a mountain forest scene – complete with moving waterfalls and thunder clouds above. The reels are semi-transparent, with the scene continuing behind them.
Each of the gods is drawn in stunning detail. They are also animated, often expanding outside of their frame for effect. When you get the free spins bonus, the scene behind the reels changes to a tranquil and distinctively Asian garden view. Look out for the fire breathing centre (red) dragon, and the phoenix flapping its fiery wings.
Visually, this is one of the best online pokies in the RealTime Gaming range. The level of detail and individual animations work well together, creating a dramatic scene while you spin. The expanding wilds system makes for an interesting base game. The expansions are frequent, with big wins coming when you get 2+ wild reels. When you get the free spins, things move up a level or intensity. More wilds will appear, and you have a shot at 2x or even 3x on your wins. Overall, Ancient Gods is an Asian themed pokie like none you will have seen.