Medusa (Blueprint Gaming): Review
Medusa-themed slots are generally dark and rather spooky creations that tend to take themselves seriously. Blueprint Gaming’s depiction of the venomous gorgon, however, is slightly bizarre and looks like something taken straight out of a Cartoon Network production. If you expect a game along the lines of NextGen Gaming’s iconic Medusa II, you’re going to be utterly disappointed. Part of Blueprint’s Colossal Payout Series, Medusa is a 5-reel, 3-row slot with 10 fixed paylines that you can play from 10 cents to 20€ per spin across all devices. As you will see, it’s an unsophisticated creation, both visually and mechanically, that relies entirely on a simple wild transformation feature from which all payouts of any sort of significance will come.
Looking hopelessly dated, Medusa comes across as a second class Blueprint production, featuring mundane artwork of similar quality to the CD-ROM games that used to come with your box of cereals back in 2004. Set within an old Hellenistic temple, in the background you’ll see the remains of unfortunate mortals, presumably turned into stone statues having failed to withstand the desire to look into Medusa’s hypnotic gaze. In spite of the rather childish cartoon-like design of Medusa herself, the soundtrack is a pompous, slightly uncanny, call to arms that follows in the footsteps of other Medusa slots and is undoubtedly the best component of the production.
Spinning on the reels, you will see A to 10 royal values along with temples, pottery, crossed swords as well as spartan helmets, the latter being the most rewarding yielding 100 times your stake for 5 of a kind. The wild is represented by three snakeheads and will give you 200 times your stake if you land 5 on a full payline. It also substitutes for all other symbols.
Medusa (Blueprint Gaming): Features
There is only one single feature available in Medusa, and it’s not your traditional free spins feature. During gameplay, if the large Medusa symbol appears on the middle reel, the Medusa Wild Transformation feature comes into play. When activated, it will randomly choose up to 2 symbols to be turned into wilds.
The key is to trigger the feature with as many wilds and matching symbols present on the reels as possible, which, however unlikely to happen, could lead to all reels becoming wilds. It would also lead to the max payout per single spin worth 2000 times your stake.
Medusa (Blueprint Gaming): Verdict
Part of Blueprint’s Colossal Payout Series, you’d think that it would be a volatile beast, but as it turns out, it’s not. In fact, the only thing it seems to have in common with other games in the series is the 5-reel setup. If you’re looking for colossal payouts in other words, this is not the game for you.
Medusa is quite frankly one of the more disappointing Blueprint slots we’ve played in a while. It feels rushed, the visuals leaves a lot to be desired, and some parts are plagued by awkward and clunky gameplay. Moreover, while the single feature triggers frequently, nothing exciting ever seems to come out of it, and as a result, it soon becomes a bit repetitive. Medium variance, you’re bound to get some play time at least, but if you’re a fan of Blueprint’s more feature-heavy slots and if you have an appetite for something more explosive, it’s unlikely that Medusa will keep you entertained for very long.
Burdened by inept gameplay and dated graphics, the seductive powers of Medusa are weak in Blueprint’s take on the timeless myth.