Mercy of the Gods
Mercy of the Gods is a July 2019 slot release from Swedish provider NetEnt. Using the tried and tested Ancient Egyptian theme, NetEnt have essentially cloned their successful 2017 release Divine Fortune.
Played on a 5x3 reel set, this is a medium/high variance slot with 20 paylines and an RTP of 96.64%. As well as a maximum standard game win of 1,600x the stake, Mercy of the Gods also comes with three jackpots including a local progressive jackpot which will often reach six-figures.
Jackpots aside this slot benefits from a couple of wild features with respins and a free spins bonus round with enhanced wild features.
Available at NetEnt casinos from 4th July you can play Mercy of the Gods from €0.20 to €100 per spin.
Design and Symbols
NetEnt slots are among the best in the business design-wise and Mercy of the Gods is another fine effort. The gameboard is flanked on either side by statues of Anubis and sits in front of a grand pyramid. Palm trees gently sway in the hazy background whilst a suitably ethereal, Arabic refrain accompanies play.
The symbols appear on translucent white reels. The three jackpot (Major, Mega, and Minor) totals are shown in panels forming the top frame of the gameboard. Low-value symbols are the standard royals J, Q, K, and A. High-value symbols are Tutankhamen, Scarab Beetles, Horus Falcons, and a female explorer. The explorer is the highest paying symbol, with 5 across a pay line awarding a hefty 80x the bet size. There is a wild which can expand to cover the entire reel (more of which later) and a scatter symbol represented by a golden Eye of Horus symbol. There are also golden bonus symbols which trigger the Jackpot feature (again, more of which below).
The wild symbol is a feature in itself in this game, bringing with it Gift of Life Respins, as well as the Gift of Double Wilds feature. There is also a free spins round and of course the jackpots triggered by the Gift of Wealth Jackpot feature.
Gift of Life Respins
When a wild lands anywhere on the reels Gift of Life Respins are triggered whereupon the wild will move vertically down the reel, one row at a time while the rest of the symbols respin. Subsequent wilds landing during respins will enable the feature to continue. The Gift of Life Respins end once there are no more wilds in view.
Gift of Double Wilds
A wild landing behind a wild during Gift of Life Respins expands to a fully stacked wild reel and also reactivates the Gift of Life Respins.
You activate 5, 8, or 12 free spins by landing 3, 4, or 5 Eye of Horus scatter symbols. During the free spins round any wild landed expands to cover the entire reel before activating Gift of Life Respins.
Gift of Wealth Jackpot Feature
The Gift of Wealth Jackpot Feature is triggered by landing at least three bonus symbols on one base game spin or during Gift of Life Respins. Triggering this feature takes you to the Jackpot reel set in which the 15 symbol spaces are empty. The bonus symbols landed to trigger the feature are then added to the board and you are given 3 spins. The spinning reels can only deliver bonus symbols or blanks where the bonus symbols remain sticky throughout. Every time a new bonus symbol lands the spin counter resets to 3, and each bonus symbol has a cash value of between 10-200 coins (equivalent to between 0.5 and 10 times your bet size). If one row is filled with bonus symbols you win 20 times your stake. Two filled rows pays 100 times the stake. Fill the entire board with bonus symbols and you’ll take down the progressive Mega Jackpot which, if the progressive jackpot wins on Divine Fortune are anything to go by, could be well over €100,000.
Our thoughts on Mercy of the Gods
Mercy of the Gods, much like its inspiration Divine Fortune, is a fine slot. Great artwork, engaging features, and great potential with the progressive jackpot. In fact, there is a little more potential here as the base game max win has been increased from 600x to 1,600x. Also, although the progressive jackpot is harder to trigger, this will result in a higher average jackpot win – and considering that’s why a lot of people with flock to this game, seems like a good idea. Basically, if you liked Divine Fortune (and let’s face it, a lot of people did), then you’ll love Mercy of the Gods.