The Goddess Athena was a complicated lady. Now most commonly remembered for her role as the Goddess of War, she was, in her time, equally venerated as the Goddess of Handicrafts and Practical Reasoning.
But considering the symbols, the Legend of Athena slot by Red Tiger is concentrating on the warlike side of her character. Not surprising really, as this is the aspect that most Athena-themed slots, such as Age of Athena by Epic Industries, or Rise of Athena by Play’n Go, seem to focus on.
As we’ve come to expect from Red Tiger games, the graphics are impressive, although the overall design is a bit on the sparse side. The 5-row, 3-reel grid fills most of the screen and is framed by ionic columns without much background detail to distract you from the gameplay.
This minimalist approach is continued with the paylines, of which there are only ten snaking across the grid. The betting range is also quite narrow, starting at 0.10 and only going up to 10.00. And with a maximum potential win of just 6,549 x your bet, this is a game that is not going to attract high rollers, although it has plenty to offer the more casual player.
Wins are formed by matching symbols on a payline, starting with the outside left reel. You need at least three of the lower paying symbols to get a payout, but for the premium symbols, two is enough. The lower-paying symbols are easily identifiable as they are the usual card ranks from 10 to Ace. The higher-value symbols are a horn, an amphora, a harp, and a Greek warrior’s helmet.
There are only two feature symbols, but they both contribute to making the gameplay more interesting and rewarding.
The first is a very determined and warlike-looking Athena clutching a spear. This is the Spear of Athena Wild, and when it puts in an appearance on the reels, it will stand in for any of the regular wins to hopefully help form a win. If you do get a payout thanks to the Spear of Athena Wild, your winnings will be multiplied by three.
The second feature symbol, the Scatter, is a pair of crossed swords. This can only land on reels 1, 3, and 5.
Red Tiger has decided to call the free spins round for this slot Battle Spins, and it is during these that the best chances of getting close to the 6,549 x your bet maximum prize.
Land three of the crossed sword Scatters across reels 1, 3, and 5, and you will be awarded 12 free Battle Spins. The truth is that there is not much difference between the Battle Spins and gameplay in the base game, but there are two twists that can be pretty rewarding.
The first is that all wins in the Battle Spins are multiplied by three. The second is that every Scatter that lands during this round increases the number of free spins by three. And since the number of free spins you can win is unlimited, the Battle Spins can last quite a while.
Legend of Athena is a very simple, straightforward game in both design and gameplay. There are no distracting background animations, and the bonus round is an uncomplicated opportunity to replenish your credits. Overall this is a game that will appeal to new players and those of you who just enjoy some undemanding slot action.