Golden Gorgon: Slot Overview
Gorgons are fairly common online slots characters, being winged creatures from Greek Mythology, all female, who could kill a person simply by looking at them. Medusa was the most famous of the bunch, and the only mortal, ending up headless at the hands of the hero Perseus, immortalised in a superb bronze sculpture by Benvenuto Cellini. Developer Yggdrasil Gaming has flipped Medusa's ability to turn people into stone, to turning symbols into gold, partially hijacking another Classical Greek story, that of King Midas. Symbols turn golden when they are locked to reels, triggering respins in a straightforward slot, light on features but offering intriguing single spin potential.
Yggdrasil is one of those studios that, when it wants to, can really turn on the visual effects. Golden Gorgon is not one of those games. Played using a 5x3 reel configuration combined with 25 paylines, the visual presentation is pleasing enough on the eyes, yet graphically, Golden Gorgon is not their best work. Adequate is one way of describing a purple patterned background, decorated with columned reels, and a hint of golden serpents. The soundtrack too was a scratchy distorted mess, though hopefully, the studio tidies the music up between now and release.
Just about every gambler will find a stake to match their budget with Golden Gorgon, where bets start at 25 p/c, rising to £/€400 per spin. The volatility is high, mirroring the gameplay and features which can fire off a load of dead spins before triggering the Golden Gaze respins feature to build a tidy sum if you're lucky. It does mean the hit rate is relatively low at 12.70%, though the overall return value is comfortably average at 96%.
Golden Gorgon provides 7 regular symbols that constitute a win when three or more line up from the leftmost reel. The first 4 symbols on the table are Greek characters Omega, Psi, Sigma, plus Lambda. They are followed by higher-paying shields, swords, and a hero, presumably Perseus, though it could be any number of heroes. The three picture symbols award 3 to 20 times the stake when lines made up of five of a kind land across a payline. These 7 symbols are the only ones to appear on the grid during the game; Golden Gorgon does not use wilds or scatters to trigger additional features.
Golden Gorgon: Slot Features
There is just one feature to cover here, namely the Gorgon Gaze. Whenever 3 or more matching symbols land on a payline, the Gorgon turns the symbols gold; this locks them onto the reels. The remaining symbols are then respun. If any new symbols of the same type land anywhere on the grid, they are also locked and another respin awarded. The final win is paid out when no new winning symbols appear. If a different winning symbol types land on a payline during a respin, that symbol is not held but paid out on the respective respin.
During respins, if reels are filled with winning symbols, then they may activate win multipliers as well. The multiplier value corresponds to the reel number. So filling reels 1, 2, and 3 awards an x3 multiplier. Reels must be filled left to right, so having a full reel 5 while none of the other reels are completely covered would not award an x5 multiplier.
Golden Gorgon: Slot Verdict
Just as Yggdrasil combined the two myths of Medusa and King Midas, so they have combined features we've come across in previous games as well. Golden Gaze respins are like NetEnt's Jack Hammer meets Quickspin's Arcane Gems for a hold-and-respin feature beefed up with multipliers. Those multipliers make all the difference as well. It's not easy to trigger them, yet full screen wins landed during the review, so they are definitely up for grabs. Full grid wins did tend to be made up of low pay Greek letters, which aren't so amazing, but should the ultimate happen and a screen of heroes hit, then the game's max win of 2,500x the bet is awarded. This might not be an eye-catching number on its own, but knowing a three symbol win could potentially escalate to that level does heighten the tension.
Outside the Golden Gaze, there isn't much else to report back on. Golden Gorgon is a simple game, which boils down to waiting out the dead spins for winning lines to hit and trigger the feature. You get the impression Yggdrasil wasn't exactly stretched when they designed Golden Gorgon. It looks average, sounds pretty awful (hopefully they'll fix it), and plays okay. It feels like it's been a while since Yggdrasil did something that really wowed us with wild imagination or innovation. The team has the talent to do so but appears focused on other things, namely ringing in as many studios as possible to the YGS Program while popping out placeholders like Golden Gorgon along the way.
Golden Gorgon has moments, however, and while games using similar locked symbol respins are fairly numerous, few bravely augment the feature with multipliers. Golden Gorgon does this quite well, so it should pique the interest of players into the win line respin concept. Adding a multiplying element also makes the game rather volatile, and winning potential is decent, at least for the top premium, boosting Golden Gorgon's appeal.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with Golden Gorgon, but it offers very little in the way of new content.