Hercules Basic Information:
I have it on good authority that Hercules himself was not a big fan of pokies. This is likely due to the entire concept of pokies not being invented until thousands of years past his time. Also, he isn't real. Despite this there is no shortage of games which focus on this popular demi-god. Is this pokie worthy of his name, or is this just other feeble attempt which ol' Herc' would stomp beneath his mighty boot? Keep reading our review to find out…
This pokie was created by the developers at Barcrest. These guys have been a huge name in the world of gambling for decades now. Since 1968 these guys have been working in the physical industry, and now they have moved into the world of software gambling. This game was released on the 16th of November, 2016.
The Barcrest system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from Barcrest.
Hercules comes with a total of 100 paylines over 5 reels in a 5×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet are static.
- The maximum coins bet are static.
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.20
- Maximum coins size sits at 100.00
- The return to player offered by this game is unknown.
Hercules is a game built around simplicity, and because of this the game has a notable lack of options. Rather than the traditional option screen, Hercules has the majority of its options available from the main game screen.
- Betting Quantity Buttons
These simple increase or decrease the bet per line. Increasing the bet in this game also increases the amount of active paylines.
- Audio Button
The only option available from the settings menu. This is found by clicking the small gear button to the bottom of the page. This then brings the player to a screen with a single option to mute all sound from the game.
- i Button
This is used to open the main game information screen. This section includes helpful information on symbols, game rules and payouts.
- Big Bet
When this button is clicked the player is brought to the Big Bet screen. From here the player can choose to increase their bet in order to offer various bonuses. These are offered in the following three tiers:
- Tier 1 Costs 20.00. When this is active all 100 paylines are activated and any wild symbol activates the mighty reels feature.
- Tier 2 Costs 30.00. When this is active all 100 paylines are activated, any wild symbol activates the mighty reels feature, and the four suits are removed from the reels during the duration.
- Tier 3 Costs 40.00. When this is active all 100 paylines are activated, any wild symbol activates the mighty reels feature, and the four suits are removed from the reels during the duration. In this tier the mighty reels feature persists until a win.
Hercules, or Heracles if you prefer Greek, is an incredibly popular classical mythological being. Herc' is a demi-god, born to a human mother while his father was none other than Zeus – professional lightning thrower and playboy.
Hercules is famous for his incredible strength, and the feats which he was able to complete with this power. These include the 12 labours under service of his king.
Feats of this labour include:
- Slaying the Nemean Lion.
- Slaying the nine-headed Lernaean Hydra.
- Capturing the Golden Hind of Artemis.
- Capturing the Erymanthian Boar.
- Cleaning the Augean stables in a single day.
- Slaying the Stymphalian Birds.
- Capturing the Cretan Bull.
- Stealing the Mares of Diomedes.
- Obtaining the girdle of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons.
- Obtaining the cattle of the monster Geryon.
- Stealing the apples of the Hesperides.
- Capturing and bringing back Cerberus.
And you complain when your boss has you come in on Saturday.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in Hercules comes in the form of a dragon curled around a gem. This can substitute for any symbol except the scatter. It can also appear on any of the reels.
When the above wild symbol appears in full view it will trigger the mighty reels feature. With this feature the chains which cover the main game screen will rise, doubling the number of active lines. Free spins symbols and Hercules symbols in full view will trigger on all positions in mighty reels.
The free spins symbol in Hercules appears as a golden coin. Gaining three or more of these in a single spin will give out bonuses free spins in the following quantities:
- 3 symbols award 8 free spins when gathered
- 4 symbols award 12 free spins when gathered
- 5 symbols award 20 free spins when gathered
The free spins bonus game in Hercules is won when the player gains at least 3 scatter symbols in a single spin. During this game bonus symbols can appear on all reels. Free spins here will play over the same number of lines and awards as the base game. This game will also always begin with the chains down and without the mighty reels feature active, even when the free spins were triggered during mighty reels. While in this game wilds will expand if any part of them is in view. Additional free spins may be retriggered during this bonus game.
How to Play:
Basic play for Hercules is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount and clicking spin.
Alternatively the player can use the big bet button to access the big bets feature.
Overall Design and Usability:
Hercules High & Mighty appears as a game where the developers didn't have the most resources, yet still managed to do very well. The game itself is well designed, though it sticks to the simpler side of things. The symbols and graphics here are all taken from various parts of Greek and Roman mythology, including the labours from which Hercules is famed. A solid effort here, but nothing to really write home about.
When it comes to usability, Hercules is a game with some real room for improvement. The game itself appears fully reliable, and quick to respond, with no problems arising during our testing process, the issues come from general quality of life options. Hercules comes with no autoplay options at all, nor does it offer graphics options for users on older or less powerful devices, and its other options are similarly limited. Really this is disappointing, as the base game here is certainly not bad.
Where to find it:
Barcrest may not be as common as the big boys in the business, but they still do very well. Check out the following links for website reviews which offer games from the Barcrest framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!
A simple game with some fun gameplay, but one which is ultimately let down by its simple structure. If you are a big fan of the theme, or are the type of personal who likes to take their time and play every bet manually then we have no problem recommending this game. If, however, you like to use autoplay functions or need graphics options to get the game working properly then this will probably not be the right fit for you.
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