NetEnt is known for making remakes of its more popular slots. Though Egyptian history has replaced Greek mythology in Mercy of the Gods, one would have preferred that the newer game had some altered features. On the other hand, one can also argue, why would NetEnt change a winning formula? Well, a new theme with proven features can actually turn out to be entertaining and rewarding. And, Mercy of the Gods has a higher maximum payout.
The 5-reel slot with 20 paylines can be played from $0.20 to $100 a spin. Mercy of the Gods has the same special features as Divine Fortune, such as re-spins, expanding wilds, 2 static jackpots, and 1 progressive. The graphics are appealing, with creative use of Egyptian imagery. The game takes place at the mouth of a pyramid, the sides of which are watched over by the god Anubis. Symbols include Tutankhamen, scarabs, the falcon god Horus and Egyptian-style A-J cards.
There is also a female archaeologist, who is the main lead of the narrative and also the highest paying symbol. Other symbols are the wild, which acts as a joker and substitutes other symbols, except for the scatter and bonus symbols. The main winnings are found in the bonus games and from the jackpots in this medium to high variance game. So let’s find out if you can get at the buried treasure in the pyramid, or if the gods will ultimately force you out of it.
In the base game, the highest paying is the female archaeologist. If she appears simultaneously on reels 3, 4 and 5, you win 2, 55, and 80 times your bet. If wilds are part of the arrangement, you can win a maximum of 1,600 times your stake on every spin, whether it’s a regular, free spin, or re-spin. Since the big hits are to be had in the bonus games, your goal should be to land as many bonus symbols you can. If they land during a special feature, they remain there till the end of that episode.
If you land 5 bonus symbols, you have struck the Minor Jackpot with a cashout of 20 times your bet. If you can get the bonus symbols to land across 2 full rows, the Major Jackpot is in your pocket, with 100 times your original stake. You hit the progressive Mega Jackpot if you can fill the entire grid with bonus symbols. This is over and above the payouts you receive for every bonus icon.
If you’re not particularly aiming for the jackpots, the Gift of Life Re-Spins and the wild reels can cause pretty big winning combinations. Despite the progressive jackpot, Mercy of the Gods theoretically has a high return to player percentage of 96.64. The hit frequency of the game is 17.64% – this is the rate at which the game gives you winning combinations, on average.
This bonus feature is activated when a wild or wilds appear on the reels. After that, the wilds will not land again during the feature. However, as long as the wilds keep on dropping in the base game, the re-spins will continue to be awarded, giving you free payout multipliers.
This feature comes into play when a wild lands behind another – then the wild expands to cover the entire reel. This feature also re-activates the Gift of Life Re-spins play. It’s easy to see how this dual-feature game play can elevate your winning levels within the base game.
Free spins are triggered when 3, 4, or 5 scatter symbols land across the reels and correspondingly award 5, 8, and 12 free spins. The free spins feature can also re-activate the Gift of Life Re-Spins and Gift of Wilds, which gives you higher payouts on every free spin that triggers them.
This feature is divided into two fixed jackpots and one progressive. You will enter the jackpot chamber if you land 3 or more bonus symbols. You get 3 free spins. If the bonus symbols appear again, you get another 3 spins plus a payout of 10 to 200 times your stake for each symbol.
Well, you can thank the gods for small mercies. The game is fully-optimized for play on all mobile devices, which run on Android, iOS and similar platforms. Thus, you can enjoy this Egyptian adventure on all Smartphones, iPads, iPhones or iPods.
There is another benefit too. The games HTML5 programming auto-adjust to the small screens. You can enjoy winning in full HD clarity and original audio quality, just like on PCs. Just make sure your internet connection is robust.
We must really stop comparing Mercy of the Gods with Divine Fortune. Even if the just-reviewed game is a clone of the former, it still has a lot to offer in terms of gaming entertainment and the potential for substantial wins. The maximum payout in the base game is extremely attractive, even though every player may not be lucky enough to win it.
However, the features within features configuration of the mechanics can still result in an enjoyable and highly rewarding game. The game will definitely appeal to those interested in Egyptian or any history for that matter, even if they have played Divine Fortune a number of times.