Achilles is part of the Real Series of Video Slots machines by Realtime Gaming, and has 5 reels and 20 possible paylines. The maximum bet per activated payline is 1 coin, but coin sizes range from 0.01 to 5.0, so most players will find a wager to suit their budget.
The game can be played with Dollars, Pounds or Euros and has a regular top Jackpot of 10,000 credits, as well as the Real Series trademark Random Progressive Jackpot, which can be triggered without warning at any time, but it can also be played for free with no deposit. This gives spinners the chance to build skills and confidence before placing any stakes. When players are ready to use real money, the game can also be set to AutoPlay mode. This lets the reels spin automatically, so winnings keep coming in while players carry on with other tasks.
Game Setting and Scene
Achilles was the hero of the Trojan War in Greek Mythology, and this is the central theme of this game. The lower-value regular reel icons are the A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9 playing card symbols, in a stately font, and the higher-value images include Helen of Troy, the Trojan Horse, a Shield and the Flag of Troy. A deep blue sea and some coastline form the backdrop to the game, and heroic background music adds to the dramatic sense of grandeur.
Special Symbols and Features
The Wild Symbol in this game is Achilles himself, and can substitute for any regular reel icon to complete winning combinations on enabled paylines. When more than 1 hero appears on an activated line even more winning configurations are created, and if 3 or more are seen anywhere on the reels a Free Spin Bonus Round is activated. Players then need to select 1 of these Wild Symbols, which will reveal 15, 20 or 25 Free Spins, all carrying a 3x Multiplier. The round can also be retriggered, helping players to win more.
The only symbol that the Wild cannot stand in for is the Scatter Symbol, although it should be noted that during the Free Spins Bonus Round any Scatters that appear on the reels are turned into Achilles Wilds or into Helen of Troy, which allows more winning patterns to be made. In the base game, the City of Troy Scatter Symbol can appear anywhere to win, and is not limited to enabled paylines. As long as 3 or more appear at once, they can also complete successful symbol combinations. The City of Troy Free Spins Bonus Round is also triggered by the appearance of 3 or more symbols. Players are awarded 10 Free Spins during this round, and all wins are doubled with a 2x Multiplier. Another 10 Free Spins are triggered if 3 or more Wild or City of Troy Scatter Symbols appear during the round.
Finally many players also find that the Skill Stop Spin Feature, which allows casino players to stop the reels with the touch of a button, help them to create the desired payline patterns. Players can decide whether to use their skills or let luck decide when the reels stop, which adds another layer of gambling and entertainment to the game for many.