Zeus: Thunder Reels

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Zeus: Thunder Reels slot REVIEW

Zeus: Thunder Reels ReviewPlayson has made a fairly standard run-of-the-mill game with Zeus: Thunder Reels, and there is nothing new to see here. It’s all about turning reels wild by collecting symbols, and things are tweaked to increase your chances for a full screen of wilds during the bonus round. The problem is that doing this pays only 240x your stake.

Compare that measly potential to the 5,000x - or more - you get in most “book of” slots out there, and it becomes really hard to understand what Playson has been thinking here. There are so many similar games out there with a stronger math model, superior visual presentation and more engaging gameplay. It’s therefore hard to see how Zeus: Thunder Reels is gonna survive for very long.

A screen of the Zeus: Thunder Reels playing space

Zeus: Thunder Reels Features

The first thing you’ll notice in this game is the blue lightning icons above the reels. These are dormant icons that become activated and highlighted when you land special Lightning bonus symbols. The third and middle reel comes with 3 lightning icons, while reel 2 and 4 come with 2 icons and reel 1 and 5 come with only 1 icon to trigger.

This indicates how many lightning symbols you need to collect on each reel before the Wild Reel feature is triggered. You can turn more than 1 reel wild at the same time, and you will then see the remaining reels spin. The wild reels will remain in place for as many spins as the number of lightning icons you need to collect to trigger it. This means 3 spins for the middle reel, 2 for reels 2 and 4 and 1 spin for reels 1 and 5.

Things play out a little differently during the bonus round however. Now you will see only 1 lightning icon above each reel. This means that you will trigger the Wild Reel feature every time you land a Lightning bonus symbol, but the Wild Reel will only remain in place for 1 spin. You trigger the bonus round by landing 3 temple scatters on reels 1, 3 and/or 5, and this gives you 15 free spins.

The 200 Spins Zeus: Thunder Reels Experience

We had a few Wild Reel wins during the base game, and these were significant enough to include in the highlights video you can check out below. The bonus round is triggered at 0:40 into the video, if you don’t feel like watching the base game grind too much. We had plenty of wild reels for sure, but how much we won you’ll have to see for yourself.

Review Summary

Zeus: Thunder Reels doesn’t bring anything new to the table, and it’s really all about the Wild Reels feature. These can be somewhat helpful in the base game, as they pay the same as the highest value Zeus symbol. You will get so many wild reels in the bonus round that it can seem hard to believe that it doesn’t lead to bigger payouts.

This is due to the stingy math model, of course, as this game comes with medium to high volatility. Combine that with a rather weak max win potential of only 813x your stake, and you’ve basically ruined what could have been a decent game. To top it all off, the game’s RTP of 95.42 % is also below the “magic” 96 % limit. Coming up with an original theme is not always easy, but there is just no excuse for a weak math model.


Collect symbols to trigger Wild Reels

Bonus round with Wild Reels

1x2 stacked Zeus symbol


Medium to high volatility and 813x max win potential

RTP of 95.42 % is below average

If you appreciate Zeus: Thunder Reels you should also try:

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Age Of The Gods Glorious Griffin - is a Playtech Origins powerd title with 6 reels and 4,096 win ways. You will benefit from expanding symbols in all directions here, and payouts hovering above a staggering 40,000x your stake can be landed.

Zeus Lightning Power Reels - is a Red Tiger production that’s all about the god of thunder. You will benefit from expanding/spreading wilds here as well, and the bonus round comes with symbol upgrades and the possibility for payouts up to 4,500x your stake.


Zeus: Thunder Reels Slot FAQs

What is the RTP of Zeus: Thunder Reels slot?

The game’s payout percentage of 95.42 % is a bit below the industry standard these days.

How volatile is Zeus: Thunder Reels?

This is a medium to high volatility game, which means that you’re in for a somewhat bumpy ride.

What is the biggest win possible?

Payouts up to 813x has been observed in 500 million simulated spins, which is a pretty weak potential for this kind of volatility. Keep in mind that this is a total bonus round potential. The most you can win from a single spin here is 240x your stake.

How does the Wild Reel feature work?

You collect lightning symbols that trigger the feature. The middle reel requires 3 symbols collected to turn wild, while reels 2 and 4 require 2 symbols and reels 1 and 5 require 1 symbol. The reels stay wild for the same number of spins as the number of symbols needed to trigger them.

Is there a free spins mode in Zeus: Thunder Reels slot?

Yes, you get 15 free spins here, and now you only need to collect 1 lightning symbol per reel to trigger the Wild Reel feature.

Can I play Zeus: Thunder Reels for free?

Yes, you can check out the free Zeus: Thunder Reels demo game at the very top of this page (UK players must verify their age first). You will also find casinos to play at up there, as we scan them all on a daily basis.

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