The mythical hydra grows two heads back, if any one of its nine heads is cut off. In Legend of Hydra: Power Zones by Playtech, the sea monster has only four heads that grow one by one. Each head represents a feature of the game, while each feature enhances the Power Zones mechanic. Playtech and its partner, Ash Studios have incorporated more features in the Power Zones engine to create a multi-dimensional game with 15,625 ways to win.
Legends of Hydra: Power Zones is a mid to high variance slot with an attractive theoretical return to player rate of 96.48%. Betting starts at EUR 0.10 and the maximum bet allowed is EUR 200.00, which makes the game suitable for all budgets, and also provides for a wide range of bets to choose from. The game should first be played in demo mode since the game takes some getting used to. Power Zones keep the base game interesting by taking you closer to the Hydra head features, while still ensuring modest wins, mostly from the low paying glowing rocks.
The king and queen are the highest paying symbols and pay you 0.7 times your bet if they appear singly on all 6 reels. The total can be considerably higher if identical symbols make a win combo across multiple rows and reels. As usual, the big wins come in the free spins round, which thankfully can be triggered frequently. The largest payouts come from the lone mega at the end of the free spins, when the entire grid becomes one big Power Zone. The maximum you can win from Legend of Hydra: Power Zones is 10,000 times your bet in a single spin.
This is the main feature of this game, which other features revolve around, as we shall see. When regular symbols land as charged, they create a Power Zone on the row and reel they land on. Other charged symbols landing on adjacent rows expand the Power Zone. As a result, multiple Power Zones are created on the grid. When another charged icon lands into a Power Zone, all the other symbols within the fire boundary, turn into that icon.
When this happens, the meter above the reels gets charged and the Power Zone is removed. But this can also create some good wins across various rows and reels. When the meter above is full, a Hydra head comes to life, which has its own features to enhance the Power Zones mechanic. Every time the Power Zones fill the meter, another Hydra head wakes up with another feature. When all the Hydra heads have been activated, filling the meter gives you a re-spin with a random Hydra feature.
At the start of the game, you have four Hydra heads looking on the left looking on to the reels. When the game starts, the lowest head is already alive, and will randomly breathe wilds on to the reels. This is the function of the first head. When the Power Zones fill the meter for the first time, the second Hydra Head comes to life. Its job is to add up 9 Power Zones on any spin. This can mean faster filling up of the meter and bigger win combinations.
The first Hydra head keeps adding random wilds. When the third Hydra comes to life, it will add up to 4 Multiplier Power Zones on any spin, where winnings are multiplied by 2. When the meter above the reels is filled for the 3rd time, the fourth Hydra head hisses to life. It will add up to 3 more Power Zones on random spins. All the power Zones are transformed into one mystery symbol, and if a Multiplier Power Zone makes a win combo, the win is again multiplied by 2.
The bonus game is triggered just like as in other games with a minimum of 3 scatters anywhere on the reels. It also works like in most other games, except that it can be more generous. Not only do the 3 bonus symbols with the 4 Hydra heads land more frequently, they give a lot of free spins. 3, 4, and 5, and 6 scatters appearing at once activate 12, 18, 25, 50 free spins, but expect only 3 to show up mostly. Two more scatters during the round will give you 3 more free spins.
The bonus symbols create their own Power Zones in the position they land and remain in place during the feature. The free spins themselves may not be very profitable. When you exhaust your free spins, the Mega Spin Feature is triggered. Neighboring Power Zones merge, and all symbols within the expanded Power Zone transform into the same symbol, which is randomly chosen. This results in the biggest winnings in the game.
The game is programmed with HTML5, which optimizes the platform form to work on Android, Windows Phone, iOS, and Blackberry, etc. Hence, the game can be played on all smartphones and tablets that run on these systems. HTML5 allows you to enjoy the game in full audio-visual clarity by restricting the platform for the small screen. Just make sure you have a stable internet connection and play the game in landscape mode, which suits the horizontal layout of the game.
We concur with the game sheet of Playtech that the game will be immensely enjoyed by players, who like their games to be packed with a multitude of features and mega win ways. Legend of Hydra: Power Zones has a good number of both. The game’s high win potential can be divided in 2 ways. The bonus game with the Mega Spin and the Hydra Head features. Each can trigger powerful payouts in tandem with the Power Zones dynamics.