Hades: River of Souls Review
The game with the fantasy theme, inspired by Greek mythology has 5 reels, 3 reels and 10 fixed pay-lines. Hades: River of Souls uses the cascading system and the winning both ways pay-lines. These reward both left to right and right to left. You can use wagers in the range of 0.20 and 50 credits per spin to meet the god of the underworld. The slot’s RTP is 96.56% and its hit frequency is 19.49%, which means almost once every 5 spins you will win.
The game is full of boosters and extras. There are avalanches with cascading symbols. The increasing multiplier through wild symbols contributes to boosting winning combinations. The latter doesn’t reset between spins during the bonus game. The Skull of Charon feature removes random 2-10 paying symbols. This helps you keep winning and for the avalanches keep going. In the Hades Free Spins, the multiplier increases by x2 and ensures big cash prizes. The max win per spin is 5,058.40x bet.
The playing area is set in a sinister scenery coming straight from hell upon loading the game. You will see a river flowing out from the underworld. The grid is not too big and takes the central area of the window. On the reels, you will see Hades and all kinds of mythological creatures. There are ancient amphoras marked with 5 animals.
On they will see displayed rams, crows, snakes, minotaurs and lions. The premiums include a horn filled to the brim with overflowing gold coins, a helmet. The three-headed dog of Hades Cerberus is also present as are Hades’ parents Cronus and Rhea. The special symbols are a golden coin with a trident, Hades’ spear and the Skull of Chareon.
The latter is supposed to make your blood freeze but has a rather cheerful appearance. A dramatic soundtrack intensifies the creepy feeling and creates an authentic hell atmosphere. The images on the reels and around them are colourful, precise and look good. They add to the dramatic spirit of the game. To the left of the grid, you see the multiplier menu. The spin button is to the right.
Hades: River of Souls Gameplay
The pay-table includes 5 low-value, 5 premium and 3 symbols with special functions. You will create wins when you match 3 to 5 symbols of a kind in a spin on a pay-line. This will happen regardless of whether they have landed from left to right or in the opposite direction. The pay-both-ways system for rewarding allows the 10 fixed lines to work as 20.
Additionally, each win triggers an Avalanche. The paying symbols shutter and then new symbols take their place. This has the potential to trigger many consecutive wins. The avalanches go on until you continue to create winning combinations and end once you fail to do so.
The paying symbols include low-value amphoras with the images of a crow, snake, ram, minotaur and a lion. Their payouts are in the range of 2 to 3 times your stake for 5 of a kind thanks to the paying both ways mechanic.
The premiums are the horn with gold coins, helmet, Cerberus, Cronus and Rhea. Hitting 5 of a kind of any of these reward from 10 to 20 times your stake using the paying both ways system.
The golden coin with the trident is the wild and this symbol substitutes for all other regular ones. It also pays 20x bet for 5 on a pay-line. Hades’ spear is the scatter. The Skull of Chareon triggers the random symbol removal feature when it lands. These three symbols you can see on the upper part of the grid. They drop into the playing area whenever a winning avalanche frees enough space below them.
Hades: River of Souls Features / Bonuses
The features in Hades: River of Souls are not few. One is the avalanching paying system that is active at all times, the paying both ways lines is another. The third is the coming into play of the 3 special symbols. This happens whenever you free enough space from winning avalanches below them. These are the wild, scatter and the Skull of Charon.
There is a Wild Souls Multiplier displayed on a special menu to the left of the grid. It starts at x1 on every spin during the base game. Whenever a wild symbol takes part of a winning combination, a soul escapes and shatters. This soul is added to the multiplier counter. Every 3 souls from 3 such wilds increase the multiplier counter by x1 without limits. At the end of the Avalanche, the multiplier’s value is applied to the created total win boosting it. During the base game, the multiplier resets to x1 on each new spin.
The Skull of Charon feature helps you keep the avalanches continuing. The landing of this special symbol happens when there are no more wins. It shoots around the reels and removes between 2 and 10 regular paying symbol from the reels. The symbols are selected by chance and let new symbols to fall on the reels for a chance to win more.
The central attraction in the game is the Hades Free Spins. You can trigger it with 3 or more Golden Trident scatters in a spin sequence. This leads to 10 free spins with each extra scatter adding 5 more free spins. So you can start with:
- 10 Hades Free Spins when you get 3 Golden Trident scatters;
- 15 Hades Free Spins when you land 4 Golden Trident scatters;
- 20 Hades Free Spins when you get 5 Golden Trident scatters;
You can retrigger more free spin during the feature. You do this by landing 3 or more scatters in the same free spins sequence. The most beneficial feature during these is the non-resetting progressive Wild Souls Multiplier. It keeps its accumulated value and grows by x2 on every instance of collecting 3 wilds that have taken part of a win. The multiplier can increase massively without limits depending on your luck.
Hades: River of Souls will make you feel like battling the mighty underworld god from Greek mythology. It is suspenseful and full of surprising twists and turns. Be aware, yet, that as a high volatility game it may drain your balance fast.
The key to big wins is activating the free spins with consecutive wins. The increasing of the progressive multiplier from x10 can jump to x20 and further. This can ensure the largest win per spin – 5,058.40 times your stake. Try the game after its release in June and see for yourself what it feels like.