One online pokie from Playtech has been nominated for the Game of the Year award at the EGR Operator Awards 2017. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony at Grosvenor House in London on October 26. The online pokie is God of Storms from the Age of the Gods. Reacting to the nomination, Playtech said, “Our goal is to produce games that excel in the three areas we believe are the most important when creating a high-quality product: presentation, experience and gameplay.” All these are embodied in God of Storms, which can be played at Omni Casino, Fly Casino and Mansion Casino.
God of Storms is based on a relatively minor event in Greek mythology and can be a learning experience for players who care to research the background. Aeolus is the god of storms, also known as the keeper of the winds. He played a somewhat important role in Homer’s epic The Odyssey. He provided favourable wind to help Ulysses return home to Ithaca. That Ulysses disobeyed a crucial instruction and was in trouble again is another story.
God of Storms has the standard 5×3 format with 25 paylines. The background to the reels shows the rocky city of Aeolia, the kingdom of Aeolus. The high paying symbols are thematic and include warrior, huntress, archer, Hydra and urn. The low paying symbols are the usual playing card icons. The ship is an expanded wild symbol that lands only on reels 2, 3 or 4.
Whenever you get this symbol the Wild Wind Respin feature is automatically triggered. You are first awarded a free respin. After that the god of storms appears to the right of the reels set and blows the expanded wild symbol 1 reel to the left. You get another free respin. This process keeps repeating till the ship exits from the reels. To add to your Greek treasure, the payout multiplier increases with each respin, starting from 1x and going up to 5x. You can also have multiple wild reels on the screen at the same time. Though the line payouts are low, you will usually hit it big once this feature is triggered.
God of Storms is connected to the four-tier progressive jackpot network common to all Age of the Gods video slots. Some of the other Age of the Gods online pokies are King of Olympus, Prince of Olympus and Goddess of Wisdom.