The Golden Owl of Athena is a new game from the creative team over at BetSoft. While they’ve established themselves as major online casino players in recent years, this is a bit of an awry effort from them. The slot would probably be considered very good…about ten years ago. It’s not bad, but it just lacks the finesse and depth of many new games.
Anyway, it’s certainly not all terrible. Let’s dive right in and take a look at BetSoft’s brand-new game.
Gameplay Overview & Symbols
The standard gameplay of The Golden Owl of Athena is incredibly mundane. While the soundtrack and effects are pretty lively, the spins are slow, animations are old-fashioned, and there aren’t any base-game features to speak of.
Something that’s quite annoying about The Golden Owl that if you try to use Autoplay, the maximum number of spins is capped by your current balance. Say you were wagering $10/spin, and had $250, you can only select a maximum of 25 spins. Most games assume you’ll win something, and simply pause if you exceed your balance.
In terms of symbols, there are a few classic Greek options (a temple, pottery, helmet, a tree, and Athene) and of course there’s the special Golden Owl which unlocks the free spins round. Otherwise, not a whole lot to say!
The free spins bonus round is activated the usual way: players need to land at least 3 Golden Owl symbols (the game’s scatter) and then the spins automatically start a-spinning! Players can win up to 20 spins (for 5 scatters) or just 15 or 10 (4 or 3 scatters) if they’re less lucky. However many spins you end up with, you’ll also benefit from Golden Owl’s bonus symbol feature.
At the very start of the round, one of the game’s symbols will be highlighted as “featured”. Essentially, whenever this symbol appears on-screen it expands to fill the entire reel! If you get lucky and manage to land them across a few reels, you could end up with the full 15 all matching.
Cross your fingers and hope the magic symbol is a wild…
The bonus round is pretty good, and it salvages an otherwise unremarkable game. The graphics are fairly mid-2000’s, and it plays quite slowly – even winning combination animations are a little cumbersome. However, for all that, the game definitely has the potential to pay well (through the free spins round) and that’s what most gamblers really care about anyway!
If you go in with relatively low expectations, you won’t be too disappointed! 😉