Titan Thunder: Wrath of Hades: Slot Overview
Hades, that ancient Greek god of the underworld has been getting good mileage recently. A couple of developers have been repping the firstborn son of Cronus. There was Yggdrasil’s triumph, Hades: Gigablox, now we’ve got Titan Thunder: Wrath of Hades from fellow countrymen Quickspin. Aside from the same leading man, and a colon in the title, the two are very different games. Let's see what Titan Thunder: Wrath of Hades is all about.
Titan Thunder: Wrath of Hades is played on a conventional 5-reel, 25-payline grid, which uses the tilting effect Quickspin used in Nero’s Fortune, and later, Hammer of Vulcan. Surprisingly, given the subject matter, the game isn’t located in the bowels of the earth, shivering with the wails of human souls – at least not from the get-go. Instead, the base game is held on floating islands of rock, adorned by columned temples in the realm of Zeus. The finishing touch is a dramatic soundtrack capturing some of the godly gravitas.
Playable on any device, users select bets from 20 p/c to £/€100 per spin to kick proceedings off. Since this is Quickspin’s first slot to give operators the option of configuring the RTP it pays to check the help docs before diving in. The one you want has an RTP of 96.25%, compared to the less desirable option of 94.18%. Both run on highly volatile math model which Quickspin has rated as 5/5, so don’t expect a fluffy ride through the clouds. Zeus and Hades aren’t here to play; it’s all business with these guys.
There are 8 regular pays divided neatly into four J-A low pays, plus wreaths, cups, eagles, and temples as the premiums. Landing five of a kind from the higher pays comes with a reward of 8 to 20 times the stake. Matching the value of the highest premium is the Zeus wild, appearing on all five reels in the base game or free spins. Zeus substitutes for any symbols except the scatter and the money symbol.
Titan Thunder: Wrath of Hades: Slot Features
Rivalry between the two brothers forms a back story, where it is the player’s job to befriend both. Zeus is the keeper of the jackpots, while Hades comes into his own during free spins. Quickspin often fleshes out their games with a story to contextualise the action taking place on the reels, and all the better for it. Anyway, the two bonuses on offer are Underworld Free Spins and the Lightning Jackpots feature which we'll go through below.
Above the reels, the three jackpot values are displayed. Getting to them requires landing 6 or more Money symbols to trigger Lightning Jackpots which starts with 3 initial respins. The triggering money symbols remain in position while the normal symbols turn into individual spinning reels. New Money Symbols reset respins to three, and remain locked in place, each one display a bet multiplier of x1 to x14, or the Minor or Major Jackpot.
The feature ends when there are no respins left, or, if all 15 positions are filled then the Mega Jackpot is paid on top of all other prizes. The value of the Minor, Major, or Mega jackpots is 20x, 100x, or 1,000x the bet, respectively.
Horned Hades is the scatter, appearing on reels 1, 3, or 5. When 3 land in view, Underworld free spins are triggered, starting with 8 initial spins. This is when play moves underground to the realm of Hades. During the round, 3 scatters in view add 8 more free spins and increase the current win multiplier by +1. This multiplier applies to all wins, including any jackpots since is it possible to trigger the Lightning Jackpots feature from free spins.
Lastly, where available, players can make use of a bonus buy option to buy Underworld free spins by forking out the reasonable amount of 40 times the bet.
Titan Thunder: Wrath of Hades: Slot Verdict
After a handful of historically-minded slots, Quickspin has taken to the mythological category like petrol to fire, creating some fun ancient god themed games. You don’t just spin to win; you also get a lesson in history. Well, not really, but the story of battling brothers gives the game a bit more depth. Alongside the deities, players get a couple of well-worn features that constantly pop up time and time again. So no, Titan Thunder: Wrath of Hades isn’t cutting edge, but we know Quickspin can turn on the innovation when they want, so what’s here should satisfy players after a well-made, conventional slot.
Quickspin is a creative studio though, and they have worked in a twist. That is, triggering the Lightning Jackpot feature from free spins while a win multiplier is in play. Obviously, players are unlikely to combine a retriggered win multiplier with the Lightning Jackpot too often.
What’s not quite so ecstasy inducing is Titan Thunder: Wrath of Hades being Quickspin’s first RTP flexible slot. Other developers have been doing it for a while, so it’s not exactly huge news. Plus, players can always shun the lower-rated version wherever possible, but it adds to a spiralling downward slide which may prove to be an irritant for some players. What’s interesting is much greater wins were recorded during simulated spins of Titan Thunder on the lower RTP version than the higher - 15,000x in the 94% version as opposed to 12,000x in the 96% version.
Despite that niggle, Titan Thunder: Wrath of Hades is a well-made game overall. Not being a mind-blower doesn’t stop it being a volatile journey through the heavens and underworld with two renegades of the ancient world.
A classical setting gets a couple of classic features which Quickspin has combined in a clever way to give them a touch of originality and high win potential.