Achilles is a game that’s offered by RTG, and which gives players a chance to participate in the Trojan War. The hero of that war, and of this slot as well, was a Greek warrior called Achilles. The legends mention that he was almost without weakness, though he did have a weak spot as well, and it got him killed eventually. The game is focused on this war, and its symbols and overall graphics reflect that. In Achilles, the game delivers 20 lines and 5 reels that will host them. It’s the kind of game that will have a decent top jackpot, returning to you the line bet 10,000 times, though it means at most $2,500 here before other features get involved. Free games, scatter symbols, multipliers, and wild symbols are offered, as the game’s features.
You don’t have to over-think the betting system. You can take the wager up or down, in the range available to you, which is between $0.20 and $5. In exchange for that wager, which is pretty small, you get a line bet between $0.01 and $0.25. A high roller will probably not enjoy the game as much, because of that small maximum bet.
Achilles and its focus on the Trojan War will give you an experience that is built around Ancient Greece. You have the city of Troy in one of the symbols, we get an image with Achilles dressed as a warrior, there is Helen as well in a major symbol, and then we get the Trojan Horse, a shield, a flag and six poker cards. The entire collection of symbols and the surrounding graphics will look very dated, which is one side of the game that I’m not happy about. The slot looks pretty much like it came out a decade ago. The fact that half of its symbols are stock poker cards obviously doesn’t help at all.
The way so many other slot machines have chosen to do before, Achilles also has only two major feature symbols present on the five reels. One of them is Achilles, as the wild, the other is the city of Troy, as a scatter. Achilles, shown in the wild symbol, will be used by the game in a couple of ways, some of them surprising. The regular roles it undertakes here are those of jackpot trigger and a wild symbol. The additional role is that of a scatter, which it also offers. First of all, you’re going to have Achilles on the reels in all sorts of regular combinations, substituting for symbols that you need in those same positions that it landed in. Achilles can’t be used as a replacement for the scattered Troy, but other than that there are 10 other regular symbols which can use its help. One other situation where I love to see Achilles is when it appears multiple times on the same line and properly arranged to form a combo. You need two or more symbols to form a combo with wilds alone. The rewards can be great, going up to 10,000 coins, or $2,500 cash. Now, the unusual role for Achilles is that of the scatter. Having at least three Achilles wilds scattered on the reels will trigger a feature where you pick one of the symbols, and you get 15 to 25 free spins. The Troy scatters are transformed into Helen or Achilles symbols during these spins. A big bonus is the multiplier of 3x that comes for all wins obtained during the free rounds. You can even retrigger free spins. As for Troy, the actual symbol that’s used only as a scatter, you will use it from all positions it lands in, and with at least three present you will get rewards as well as free spins. The rewards can be as good as those coming from the wild, reaching 500x total bet, so the same 10,000 coins. As for the free spins coming from 3+ scatters, you get a fixed number of 10 rounds here, with a 2x multiplier applied to the wins. To retrigger the feature, you need a mixed group of 3+ Troy/Achilles symbols. Apparently, the wild symbol gives you the better free spins in this game, with more rounds and a bigger multiplier. It’s not a role that’s usually available to wild symbols, so it’s a pleasant surprise.
The regular top jackpot is set to 10,000 coins, or up to $2,500. You get triple that during the wild’s free spins, so the jackpot can get to $7,500. It might not sound like a big payout, but if you look at the line bet multiple, it does offer you a big return if you’re lucky. You also get the same amount through the scatter symbol (500x the bet).
Achilles is a game that is a nice surprise in many areas, but those graphics are brutal, dated and not fun to look at. If you can get past the design, the rest of the game should be a pleasant experience.