By the gods it’s the Zeus III slot machine – get ready to roll the reels like thunder as you cook up a storm of wins on this fantastic game.
- Exciting and original incremental reel arrangement
- Third instalment in the awesome Zeus slot series from WMS
- Stacked jackpot symbols on every reel lead to big wins
- Hit a total reel full of stacked jackpot symbols to turn the reel wild
- Land three or more scatters to gain entry into the free spin round
The Zeus series of slots from Williams Interactive (WMS) are some of the most popular games on the planet. Not only do they receive thousands of plays at the net’s top internet casinos, but they’re also proven successes on the gaming floors of Las Vegas. One of their biggest selling points has to be the stacked symbols – something that’s definitely present in the awesome bespoke reeled game, Zeus III.
Zeus III has it all when it comes to looks – the background is simple yet effective, using bright sky-blue tones to bring out the action on the base game grid. The reels are shaped a little like a thunderbolt making its way down to earth and the symbols are some of the best we’ve seen on any WMS slot. The stacked Zeus symbols are very clever – the beard of the upper symbols in the stack forms the hairline of the lower symbols creating a strange yet effective look.
WMS have pushed out all the stops to make Zeus III into a high quality audio production. You get the feeling that you’re sitting on top of Mount Olympus as the sound effects swirl round in the air, whistling like the wind. This can be a little disconcerting at times – especially if you’re sitting near a window, as the effects are so real. The reel spin noise has an arcade quality that’s more in line with the traditional WMS titles, but this still works well with the swirling sonic maelstrom that lurks in the background.
The reel arrangement in Zeus III is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. As you look at the reels from left to right you’ll notice that each subsequent reel has one more stop space than the previous one. The first reel has two stop spaces, the second three spaces right up to the last reel, which has six stop spaces. There are a whopping 192 pay-lines spread out across this grid, giving you a ton of winning chances – when you hit your wins a special meter fills up at the start of the grid showing you how many different combinations you’ve hit.
The Zeus Jackpot symbols are stacked on all reels – and in addition to the standard Acropolis wild that appears in the base and bonus games, if you can stop in a complete stack of Zeus symbols across any reel you’ll turn that reel wild for the duration of the spin. This can be especially helpful when it comes to hitting the big combinations wins on the reels of Zeus III. As there’s so much winning potential in this game you’ll find that the pay-table has been trimmed down accordingly and you’ll need to hit massive multi-line combinations to win the best money from this game.
As with all great slot machines of the moment Zeus III gives you a high quality bonus game to complement the action you’ll find on the reels of the base game. Stop in the special scatters on the reels to activate the free spin round – three or more will activate this sub-game, with five scatters awarding the maximum fifty spins. These all take place on the standard reel set giving you a huge amount of chances to hit those special across the board combos. They say that lightning never strikes twice – well they’ve never played Zeus III.
Slot Professor Says
Zeus III – what a game and what a concept! This fantastic slot machine from WMS has everything you could possibly want in terms of spins and wins. There’s so much action dripping from its unique reel structure that I can’t say anything more than this is incredible. When you hit those multiple combinations on a single spin it’s a real rush as you watch the incremental counter slowly add up all your wins.
The only trouble with Zeus III is that there’s so much winning potential on offer from this game that the wins sometimes seem a little paltry. You’re only paid a single coin for some of the three strong combinations, which tend to dull down the money you can extract from this game – and what’s a gamble without a big prize? Still, there are plenty of chances to hit five and six strong combinations where the money can turn into godlike amounts of cash. The small wins however should be enough to tide you over whilst you wait for the big payers to drop.
How concerned should you be about making your way into the Zeus III bonus round? Well, without doubt this is one of the most important aspects of the game as it is definitely good to be able to spin without paying – but don’t be confused with IGT bonus games of this type, which tend to always whack out the wins. WMS free spin rounds are notoriously volatile and can often leave you disappointed. Make sure that you’re ready to take a big win from the reels and not so concerned about stretching it out into the bonus round.