Helios' Fury: Slot Overview
A recent climate change study quoted in National Geographic Magazine stated there is a chance that by 2070 one third of the world's population will live in areas as hot as the Sahara Desert. Couple rising temperatures with the fact Helios was the Ancient Greek God of the Sun and it's a toss-up whether the words Helios Fury will spark dread or excitement. Developer Relax Gaming will be banking on the latter after releasing an online slot based around the Sun God in a game focused on free spins using locked, walking wilds to potentially produce massive winning totals.
Players hanging out for a trip to Greece get one in Helios' Fury as the game is played on the mainland or an island by the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea. In a Colossus of Rhodes reference, a titanic statue of Helios stands beside the grid, often throwing in modifiers, waving at players, or banging on his pecs. Contrasting the oil painting-like background are cartoon-like symbols with a clear Relax Gaming origin, while a suitable exotic soundtrack completes the trip to the Med.
Helios' Fury is played on a grid that shifts from 5x3 in the base game to 5x5 size in Fury Free Spins. It uses a connected ways pay system where winning combinations are formed of matching symbols in adjacent columns either in the same row or in one row above or below. This method provides 99 ways to win in the base game and 259 paylines in free spins. A highly volatile game, as they tend to be from Relax, Helios' Fury has two RTP values depending on how you choose to tackle it. First is a standard figure of 96.27%, upping to a cool 97% when buying the bonus game – an attractive option once you've experienced a solid round of free spins. Suitable for any device, players can pick bets starting at 10 p/c at the low end, moving up to £/€20 at the upper.
Most pay symbols in Helios' Fury need at least three to make a winning line, except for the most valuable of them, the golden helmet, which pays out for two. Descending from the helmet are trumpets, swords, shields, then low pay stars, spades, hearts, clubs, and diamonds. Values for premium symbols range from 5 to 20x the bet for five of a kind, and all winning combos are accompanied by a satisfying animation on the reels when they hit. Wilds are the key to best results in Helios' Fury, landing on reels 1 to 4 in the base or bonus game. Their core function is replacing other pay symbols to complete win lines and are also worth 20x the bet if five wilds line up. Everything else they do is covered next.
Helios' Fury: Slot Features
A Wild Respins feature appears in the base game to generate a few thrills and coins, but the most promising returns are to be found in Fury Free Spins.
In the base game, if a wild symbol is used in a win, a Wild Respin is awarded, and the wild moves one reel to the right. Respins continue until a wild symbol is not included in a win or free spins trigger. If more than one wild symbol is present when a respin is awarded, only those wild symbols involved in wins move to the right. All others spin out of the game area.
If a wild symbol is moved to the fifth reel and is then involved in a win, 6 Fury Free Spins are awarded. For Fury Free Spins, 2 extra rows are added, and the round starts with a wild symbol placed on the middle position of the first reel. If a win includes a wild, all wilds involved move one reel to the right until they reach the rightmost available space, called a hot spot. When occupied, hot spots move one reel to the left until the row contains only wild symbols. When a wild reaches a hot spot, it stays there for the remainder of the feature and adds +1 free spin. Also, when new wilds land on the reels, they add an additional free spin.
If the feature buy option is available, players can purchase Fury Free Spins rather than trigger them naturally. The cost for doing so is 90x the total stake and automatically awards 6 Fury Free Spins.
Helios' Fury: Slot Verdict
Well, notch up another well-designed slot from Relax Gaming that ticks all the right boxes. It starts with the theme, and while Ancient Greece is common, Helios is a figure who doesn't get much airtime, making for a welcome change from the usual list of deities, and it's nice to see a fresh face.
The free spins bonus game is deceptively good. It might not sound overly amazing on paper – land sticky wilds, then walk them as far as possible to the right-hand side. Nevertheless, Relax has worked some sort of arcane magic into the process that makes free spins function in a pretty special way. Naturally, any bonus round can be hit or miss, and Fury Free Spins are no different. However, we were lucky to have a couple of exceptional bonus games to see what was possible when Helios' Fury was popping.
On a great run, there can be a heck of a lot of wilds crowding the reels, causing twofold benefits. Not only do you win additional free spins, but when they really start piling up on the right-hand side, so does the frequency of winning lines as well as their value. It wasn't unheard of to have four wilds on a row when it was going our way, leading to repeat wins from then on out. The way Relax has made wins look and sound when they line up only adds to the enjoyment. At full blast, Helios' Fury has a win cap of 50,000x the bet, and if there is one thing we know about Relax, it's their games consistently smash into their upper limits. With such a good return value from buying free spins and a reasonable cost, it could well be a matter of time before the Helios' Fury big win clips start rolling in, too.
Helios' Fury is one of those solid as a rock Relax Gaming slots that might not necessarily light up the iGaming scene like a powerful being smiting foes but it has everything required for some hearty online entertainment.
Helios’ Fury may be a relatively simple game by Relax Gaming standards perhaps, but it can rage with the best of them when it all comes together.