Today, we’re taking a look at two popular online slots with somewhat similar names, though surprisingly different themes. There’s a pretty endless range of ‘Apollo’ titled slots on the market right now, but Apollo Rising and Apollo God of the Sun tend to score some of the highest points among everyday gamers.
The question being – what’s so special about these two entries?
First up, Apollo Rising comes courtesy of the folks at IGT and takes a rather unusual setup with a lofty eight rows and no less than 100 paylines to play for. Playable across all desktop and mobile devices alike, IGT is clearly going after the higher-end of the gamers’ market with this one – spins being available from £1 and going right up to a whopping £1,000 each.
We’re yet to meet anyone who’s in the habit of spending this kind of cash on a single spin of an online slot, but there you go!
The action takes place in outer space and there’s a decidedly exciting soundtrack to accompany the adventure. The primary feature of Apollo Rising is the Rising Respins bonus, which quite literally takes wins into another area of the galaxy. Expanding wilds fill entire reels with flames and trigger a respin, holding in place all those wilds to pretty much guarantee decent wins. Plus it’s possible to keep on scoring additional respins and landing additional wilds, meaning the wins can go on repeating themselves one after the next.
Which is where the action comes to an end with Apollo Rising, but don’t misinterpret its simplicity as something negative. What makes Apollo Rising unique is the way in which it is currently the first and only video slot to be released by IGT where all the action takes place in the base game. It doesn’t have any specific additional bonus rounds or features to speak of – it’s all about the base game and that Rising Respins bonus. This may come across as a little lacklustre, but in essence it a little like playing a base game combined with a bonus feature at the same time with every spin.
It’s a medium variance game with a relatively modest maximum prize of 145X your bet. That said, it does have a habit of paying out more often than you might expect – it’s just that the prizes themselves are rarely huge in size. Definitely an interesting and enjoyable addition to the IGT collection, but more for casual gaming than long-term commitment.
Apollo God of the Sun
By contrast, Apollo God of the Sun adopts a more typical formula in terms of bonus features – not to mention the standard five-reel, 20-payline format you’ll be used to. Spins start from 20p and go up to a maximum of £200 each, the action takes place in a world of Ancient Greek legends and there’s a delightfully tempting progressive jackpot to play for.
There’s no disputing the fact that Apollo God of the Sun looks and sounds pretty awesome. The backdrop is dramatic and moody, the soundtrack is perfectly fitting and all the signs, symbols and icons you’d expect from Ancient Greece are present and correct. The wild symbol takes the form of a sun and is worth up to 500 coins when lined up in sufficient numbers – the same also being said for the suit of armour.
The Almighty Sun feature can be triggered randomly at any time during normal play, during which an animated Apollo will add stacked wilds to any number of the reels. Depending on how lucky you are, this could mean huge cash prizes. Then there’s the Muse bonus symbol to watch out for, which will activate the Muse of Music Pick Me Bonus if you land three at the same time in any position on the middle three reels. As the name suggests, you get to pick from a bunch of coins at random for the chance of winning cash prizes up to a maximum of 45X your bet.
The Eternal Flame Free Spins Bonus round can be accessed by landing three free spins symbols on the first, third and fifth reels in any position at the same time. Along with being provided with seven free games to play with, the Almighty Sun feature is also active during the round which largely guarantees sizeable prize payouts.
As for that progressive jackpot…well, as always the odds of walking away with it are comparatively low. That said, the good news is that you don’t have to do anything particularly special to stand a chance of winning it – it’s simply a random feature that can hit at any time during normal play. Which in turn means that you might find yourself constantly wondering whether it’s worth just ‘one more’ spin – given that this could be the spin that pays out a life-changing sum.
With a decent handful of bonus features, at standing presentation and the (albeit REMOTE) POSSIBILITY of pocketing a progressive jackpot, there’s definitely a lot to like about Apollo God of the Sun. Even if you aren’t usually into Greek mythology, you really don’t need to be to get a kick out of what’s on offer here. Variance edges slightly towards the higher-end of the scale, which means that while occasional dry runs are to be expected, they are usually more than worth dealing with for the action on the other side!