The designers at Bally Technologies are always searching for new themes for their games, and this time they’ve reached all the way back to antiquity to create the Cupid and Psyche slot machine. This five-reel, 40-payline game isn’t going to set the gambling world on fire, but both PC and mobile players should enjoy its diverse wagering options and Bullseye Bonus.
Written in the 2nd century AD by Platonicus, the tale of Cupid and Psyche has since been retold in poetry, sculpture, opera, paintings, and drama. The legend of the couple goes back much further, however, as they appeared in Greek art from 4th century BC.
Psyche is a mortal woman of great beauty, but her good looks draw the wrath of the goddess Venus. The vengeful deity orders her son, Cupid, to use his magical arrows to make Psyche fall in love with someone hideous, but he instead winds up scratching himself and falling in love with the young maiden.
This leads to a series of trials and misadventures, as various forces conspire to keep the two apart. Psyche eventually comes to share Cupid’s affections, but she must complete a series of tasks in order to appease the cruel goddess.
Luckily, everything is resolved in the end, and Psyche is elevated to godhood in order to spend eternity with her beloved. The story concludes with a massive wedding feast thrown by the gods, and it’s one of the rare stories of its kind that actually turns out well for the participants.
This is a 40-payline game, and all reels must be activated in order to initiate a spin. The smallest denomination is 0.01, which means the reels can be spun for a minimum of 0.40. The maximum risk, meanwhile, amounts to 10.00 per line and 400.00 overall.
The pay table exists to inform players of available winning combinations and payout values. Slots from Bally offer different cash prizes based on the size of the wager, so the following examples aren’t set in stone. For the purposes of this article, let’s assume the player is risking 0.05 per line for a total stake of 2.00.
This percentage, also known as the “RTP,” is a measure of the long-term payout average of a slot machine. If a machine returned 97.00 for every 100.00 wagered (over many thousands of spins), then the game would have a return-to-player of 97%.
Bally lists the RTP for all their online games, and Cupid and Psyche clocks in at 93.9%. While it’s not the lowest percentage that I’ve seen, it falls short of what Dragon Spin and many other company titles have to offer.
In order to activate this feature, the player must get three or more bullseye scatter symbols on the reels. When this occurs, free games are awarded as follows:
The free games are played at the same wager as the triggering spin. These games continue until none are left, and additional spins cannot be triggered.
Red and blue bullseye symbols occur during the bonus phase to create locking wild reels, and these include the icons that triggered the round in the first place. As bullseye symbols are collected, various rounds are converted into wilds as follows:
The Cupid and Psyche slot machine from Bally is an entertaining way to pass a few hours, even if the graphics are average and the RTP is lackluster. The available wagering options should appeal to players of all economic backgrounds, and the Bullseye Bonus provides free spins with the potential for some impressive winning multipliers.