For some reason, Medusa, the petrifying asp-haired monster of Ancient Greek mythology, is a popular inspiration for online and land-based casino slot games. Interactive Gaming Technology is one such developer that has found itself spellbound enough to produce Medusa: Queen of Stone.
Medusa: Queen of Stone is a five-reel 20-winline online video slot that, aside from its monstrous theme, is a fairly simple game. Medusa offers the standard casino slot fare, including wild, bingo Australia and scatter symbols, and free spins. There are no added frills like bonus video features or randomly triggered extras.
A Top Payout of 12 500 Coins
As a non-progressive jackpot slot, Medusa has a maximum payout that is capped at a respectable 12 500 coins. In addition to its simplicity, the low-stakes betting options on Medusa make it an appealing option for novice players. Wagering starts at 0.05 credits and goes up to 1.00 credits per active payline.
Wild Medusa and Other Symbols
Unsurprisingly, the wild symbol in Medusa: Queen of Stone is the dreadful dame herself. As such, one of Medusa’s magical powers is that she can complete winning payline combinations by standing in for any other symbol, except the ancient gold scatter.
Alongside Medusa on the reels are a golden chalice, warriors, a sword and shield, and a bow, among others. In addition, the lower-ranking symbols in Medusa take the standard form of high-value playing cards.
Medusa herself pays out the slots top prize of 12 5000 coins – provided five of these symbols appear together on a single active payline. The second-highest payout comes from the gold-helmeted knight, with five on a single active payline paying out 5 000 coins.
Ancient Gold Buys Free Spins
The Medusa scatter takes the form of the ancient gold icon, which awards 10 free spins when three or more appear simultaneously. More free spins can be triggered during free spins. In addition, the Medusa scatter turns certain symbols wild. The more Medusa scatters are landed, the more wilds are created:
- Three scatters = three wilds
- Four Scatters = four wilds
- Five scatters = five wilds
The Medusa Myth Lives On
Since ancient times, the horrifying tale of Medusa, a terrifying snake-haired creature who turns men to stone simply by looking at them, has captured the collective imagination.
The Medusa story is the stuff of nightmares. She and her two gorgon sisters – Stheno and Euryale – are the product of the incestuous union between the Ancient Greek marine god, Phorcys and his sister, Ceto. Originally, Medusa was a ravishing beauty in the object of Poseidon’s affections. It was the goddess Athena who transformed her into her infamous monstrous form and cursed her with the petrifying gaze that turned men to stone.
The Medusa in IGT’s slot is considerably less nightmarish as she is rendered as a cartoon-like figure with blue skin and a short cropped mop of snake hair. Her ill-fated paramours are similarly cartoonish and the accompanying whimsical music and simple animations add to the light-hearted nature of the Medusa: Queen of Stone slot.