Parthenon Quest for Immortality: Slot Overview
Parthenon Quest for Immortality builds on a previous NetEnt Egyptian-themed slot titled Pyramid Quest for Immortality, with both games following similar lines. As well as focusing on a long-lost culture in the midst of their golden age, the two games use features such as wild generations, avalanches, and multipliers. Parthenon Quest for Immortality ups the stakes by piling on more of everything while tacking on a round of free spins for good measure.
NetEnt raises an interesting question in connection with Parthenon Quest for Immortality – would we have had a god of slots if they had been around in Ancient Greek times? There is a good chance. Dionysus was famously the god of wine, and most of the rest were passionately portrayed in the classics, after all. Then again, can you imagine the torrent of lightning bolts being tossed around if someone in Olympus was on a losing streak?
Returning to the task at hand in the mortal realms, we find a 6-reel grid laid out in 4-5-5-5-5-4 formation. The upper 4-position row is called the Wild Generation Zone, which functions in the same way as Pyramid Quest for Immortality’s did. This might sound odd, but there is no other way of saying the game has a very Greek feel about it. Statues, temples, angular fonts, all contribute, as well as a light, airy presentation evoking the Classical Age. NetEnt used a similar approach in Rome The Golden Age, making the two slots relatives of sorts.
With 10,000 ways to win, winning combinations are made up of three or more matching symbols landing adjacently from the leftmost reel in any row. Each win triggers an avalanche which removes the winning symbols allowing new or existing symbols to drop into the gaps. The avalanche feature keeps the process going until no new wins appear.
Symbols are in keeping with the Hellenic spirit, which start with 10-A card symbols, then there are tridents, snakes, Pegasus, triremes, and snake-haired Medusa. Medusa offers good value at up 40x the bet for 6 of a kind, dropping to 2.5x at the most for the other premiums. Wilds play a central role in the action, substituting for any symbol except free spin scatters. Wilds have no value of their own and may land in any position or be created in the Wild Generation Zone.
Parthenon Quest for Immortality: Slot Features
Unlike Pyramid Quest for Immortality, this version comes with a round of free spins, offering the best chance of making some serious cash. As well as this new feature, Parthenon Quest for Immortality uses the same wild creation device players benefited from in the Pyramid game.
How it works is if symbols on the top row are used in a win, instead of dropping random symbols into the newly formed spaces, they are turned into wild symbols. If these wild symbols are used in a subsequent win, they are removed as normal - they are not sticky or persistent or anything like that.
The next feature is free spins, triggered when 3 or more scatter symbols are in view after an avalanche sequence - 3 scatters gets you 8 free spins, while each extra scatter adds +4 free spins. When the bonus round is active, collecting 3 collection symbols awards +2 more free spins. The main benefit here is the Free Spins Multiplier feature. It starts at x1 and increases by 1 whenever a symbol is transformed into a wild, as described above. The Free Spins Multiplier has an upper limit of x20.
Parthenon Quest for Immortality: Slot Verdict
There’s a good chance Grecophiles will be effortlessly drawn to Parthenon Quest for Immortality’s dreamy, classical vibe. There is no end of Greek-themed slots, but NetEnt has given their game a look that stands out, to a degree, from the bunch. Mechanically it’s a bit different as well, so players who dig the style won’t be disappointed by what Parthenon Quest for Immortality delivers.
The gameplay isn’t bad either, though it should be mentioned that free spins can often take ages to trigger while the balance just seems to go up and down, leaving you with a feeling of not getting anywhere. The official hit rate figures were not available, yet it seemed wins occurred more often than they did in Pyramid Quest for Immortality. Perhaps because the avalanche multiplier feature was dropped, the game is able to loosen up when it comes to generating regular wins.
It is still possible to line up a stack of consecutive hits with the help of the Wild Generation Zone. Amusing situations during testing occurred when wilds on reels 2 and 3 kept connecting with reel 1 over and over again. In spite of the long win sequences, payouts tended to max out at around a rather disappointing 50x the bet in these cases, yet there is no technical reason why they couldn’t be much higher. Especially so in free spins since firing up the Wild Generation Zone also brings multipliers into play.
To conclude, Parthenon Quest for Immortality does enough to give it a measure of individuality. Maybe if NetEnt had included one extra minor modifier in the base game it would help offset the feeling of repetition, which occasionally sets in - though a good run of avalanches can do a decent enough job on its own. Add it all up, and Parthenon Quest for Immortality is a fairly decent addition to the persistently popular Ancient Greek lineup. Now that we’ve had Egypt and Greece, anyone taking bets the next Quest for Immortality is Viking or Irish based?
Parthenon Quest For Immortality is at times frustrating and repetitive, but for the most part, it’s another solid NetEnt production.