Midas Coins: Slot Overview
The saying 'beware what you wish for because it might come true' was never as germane as it is in the classic tale of King Midas. He was the guy that could turn anything into gold just by touching it – including, unfortunately, his daughter. As Quickspin mentions in Midas Coins' blurb – 'Slightly annoying for him perhaps, but great for you.' It's a shame he couldn't have asked Dionysus for an off-and-on switch when receiving the ability because that would have been real handy. In Midas Coins, the King plays a pivotal role in awarding coin symbols that land on the reels in both the base game and during All is Golden Free Spins.
Firing up Midas Coins, you'll find its 5-reel, 25-payline game area set against a sunny Ancient Greek background with the requisite columns and pale stone buildings - all elegantly designed using brushstroke artwork. You don't see a lot of it, but when the base game transitions to free spins, a clearer view of Midas' pad can be made out in the distance. It's a clean representation of the past, yet the real star is the game's soundtrack which evokes all manner of Mediterranean imagery, and not just Greek.
Ancient Greece was famous for inventing democracy, whether by conscious thought or because everyone had something to say and really wanted to be heard. The democratic spirit is kept alive by the fact Midas Coins can be played on any device and offers a range of stakes from 25 p/c to £/€100 per spin. Pandering to the masses is a medium volatile math model, rated 3.5 out of 5, and an RTP value of 96.02%, with around half of this amount allocated to the base game.
Coin symbols create the biggest thrills in the game, especially the highly valuable ones, but there are also 8 pay symbols forming regular line wins. These are J-A royals, a pendant, ring, bracelet, and a necklace making up the low to mid pays. Monetarily speaking, the mid-pay jewellery symbols are worth wins of 6.4 to 32 times your stake for 5 of a kind combinations. Young Marigold, Midas' daughter who was tragically turned into a gold statue, appears as the wild symbol on any reel. It's worth the same amount as the necklace and replaces any symbol except the Satyr scatter or Midas.
Midas Coins: Slot Features
Collecting coins is the name of the game in Midas Coins, which occurs in the base game and in free spins where they can seriously stack up. Coin symbols land on reels 1-4 and come in values of 1x the total bet up to 500x. To get your hands on them, you'll need Midas to land on reel 5. When Midas is in view at the same time as coin symbols, he collects them for you.
In Ovid's retelling of the tale, Dionysus' foster father, the Satyr Silenus, stumbled drunk into Midas' land and was treated so well that Dionysus rewarded the King. In honour of the freewheeling Satyr, he appears in Quickspin's game as the scatter symbol - land 3 of the Satyr scatters on reels 1, 3, and 5 to be awarded 12 All is Golden Free Spins. In free spins, whenever coin symbols land, they are collected in a pile to the left of the reels. This pile starts the round with an x3 value. When Midas lands, he awards the current value of the coin stack. On a positive note, the coin stack does not reset, so it can only get bigger. It can also be awarded multiple times. Lastly, if 1, 2, or 3 Satyr scatters land, then +1, +2, or +5 spins are awarded.
Midas Coins: Slot Verdict
Midas Coins did such a good job of whisking us away to Ancient Greece it took a few spins to realise it's essentially an updated version of Reel Time’s classic of the seas, Fishin' Frenzy. It's safe to say players who like reeling in fish will probably get a kick out of collecting coins as well. The core gaming might have remained similar; however, Midas Coins is a definite upgrade in almost all regards. One standout is the epic music that puts you on the Med, whether in ancient Greece or a Bond film. It just takes you somewhere dreamy, playing a big role in Midas Coins' enjoyment. The rest of the production is of a high standard, though the graphics don’t quite match the aural delights.
The gameplay is enjoyable too and is a clever take on the Fishin' Frenzy collection feature. One change is that the Midas feature is active in the base game, so you can pick up coin wins at any time. Quickspin has also altered the way free spins operate to drive a further wedge between Midas Coins and the older angling themed game.
Watching a fat stack of coins grow in free spins is half tease, half thrill. It's great when Midas repeatedly drops in to award them, not so much when he's being stingy or shy and holding back. If you're really lucky, he'll pop up multiple times in a round to conjure repeat wins. There's an interesting balance to the game, and bonus buys typically ended up at or just below breakeven during test runs. However, the going gets good to the tune of 5,000x when Midas is in a giving mood.
So, decent potential is up for grabs, but Midas Coins might not be potent enough to satisfy the more demanding gamblers out there. For less dedicated players, Midas Coins provides some nicely rounded gaming. Its audio-visuals whisk you away to Greece's golden age, and it makes a great alternative to Fishin' Frenzy if you're hankering for a collection feature yet can't stomach any more fish.
Midas Coins competently provides the bare minimum of content.