Hercules High and Mighty from Barcrest is a fun slot, especially if you’ve got a penchant for mythology. The overall look and feel of the game is similar to other Barcrest and WMS games that feature the Greek divinities and heroes, and the mythologically minded may enjoy picking out the story-related symbols on the reels. Even those who aren’t as familiar with Hercules’s escapades can get excited about this game, though, because it comes with up to 100 pay lines — 50 pay lines in regular base play and 100 in the extended reel activated by the Hercules symbols.
Hercules is a mythical hero of Greek mythology. He’s said to be a demigod — half man and half mortal — and the son of Zeus and a human woman. Zeus’s wife Hera was not a fan. The most infamous stories of Hercules involve his Twelve Labors. These were 12 seemingly impossible feats the gods assigned him over a dozen years as punishment for killing his family (which he did in a fit of madness caused by Hera).
Some of the feats involved slaying or capturing mythical creatures, including the Nemean Lion, the Hydra and Cerberus (the three-headed guardian of the underworld). These three creatures are all represented on the reels in the game. The other symbols are made up of Hercules himself, Zeus, Hera, card suits and a Pegasus symbol (which might seem out of place to true mythology lovers, but just go with it). There’s also a gold coin wild symbol.
The slot game is as strong in the win department as mythical Hercules is in the muscles department. In the base game, there are 50 pay lines and you can win on multiples, which racks up credits pretty quick on a good spin. Not surprising, the Zeus and Hera symbols pay out the most followed by the creature symbols. The lowly card suits pay out only 5x, 10x or 50x for 3, 4, and 5 on a pay line respectively. Contrast that with Zeus’s pay out, which is 25x, 50x and 250x for 3, 4, and 5 on a play line respectively, and you get an idea of the range of possible winnings.
You can set a stake per line of a penny or more, and the total bet is calculated by multiplying the stake per line by 50.
The real excitement comes during Mighty Reels play. If the three-symbol Hercules appears (fully in view, not just part of him), the portcullis at the top of the play window raises to reveal double the play space. That means pay lines are expanded to a total of 100! The Hercules symbol on that particular reel also expands to fill the entire reel, and you can win bonus spins to increase the winnings.
Free spins are awarded if multiple gold coins show up. Three coins net you eight free spins; four coins mean 12 free spins. If you’re lucky enough to see five coins on a spin, then you’ll get a whopping 20 free spins!
As if the insane amount of free spins and an expanding reel wasn’t enough, this Barcrest game comes with the Big Bet mode common to the brand’s games. Placing a total bet of 10, 20 or 50 gives you some winning advantage in these modes.
A bet of 10 means that any portion of the Hercules symbol on any reel will launch Mighty Reels (as opposed to the entire three-symbol image having to appear). Betting 10 will net you this power over the reels for five spins. A bet of 20 does the exact same thing, except all the low value (playing card suit) symbols are removed, so you have an even better chance of triggering Mighty Reels or high-paying line combos. A bet of 50 does everything a bet of 20 does, but the Big Bet mode stays in play until you land a winning combination.
Overall, Hercules High and Mighty is a fun slot with plenty of chances to win. You can play for free online or via mobile, usually starting with 1,000 credits. You can also play real versions for money (starting credits on free games don’t pay out real money).