Golden Gorgon is the upcoming Greek mythology-themed release from Yggdrasil Gaming and will be available on their platform on July 29, 2021. Players may recall that gorgons are mythological female creatures who can kill someone simply by looking at them.
Medusa is the most famous of the gorgons, having had her head removed by Perseus according to the story. But in Golden Gorgon, she’s using her powers to turn symbols into gold instead of turning people into stone.
Yggdrasil is very well established in the gaming world and definitely has the ability to turn out some fantastic games, which is why it’s strange that Golden Gorgon feels so flat and uninspired.
Golden Gorgon is remarkably plain Jane when it comes to visual effects. Golden Medusa and her snake hair stare out at players from the top center of the game grid, flanked by marble pillars wrapped in a giant golden snake. The background is a pretty subdued purple wall with more snakes carved into it.
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The Golden Gorgon high pay symbols are a shield, a sword, and a Greek hero, all very generic-looking. The low pay symbols are Greek symbols Lambda, Omega, Psi, and Sigma, which admittedly are a nice change from card suits or royals.
The background music for Golden Gorgon is challenging to pin down. It has elements of what might be an Ancient Greece vibe with a bit of a pop Bollywood feel and then some Jamaican tin drums thrown in for good measure. It honestly is a bit of a dog’s breakfast, and it’s unclear what the intention was.
Golden Gorgon only has one special feature, and that is the Golden Gaze Respin Feature. When players land three or more matching symbols on a payline, these symbols are turned into gold by the gorgon and become sticky. The rest of the reels respin, and any symbols that match also become sticky. These respins continue until no more winning symbols land on the grid.
Golden Gorgon made one addition to the Golden Gaze Respin. If entire reels are filled with gold symbols consecutively from left to right, then a multiplier is added according to how many reels are filled. For example, if reels one and two are completely filled, then a multiplier of 2x applies. The reels must fill consecutively in order to qualify, which means that filling reels one and four will not give any multiplier.
Golden Gorgon is not anything special and is likely to become lost in the abundance of new games coming out all the time. Unfortunately, even players who love Ancient Greek Mythology might not be super impressed by Golden Gorgon.
The low hit rate leaves players staring at the spinning reels as they launch over and over again, with nothing to look at that’s even remotely interesting. The background is boring, the music is…weird, and the special features genuinely aren’t all that special. It’s not that the game is terrible, but it’s very simple, and it feels slower-paced than the high volatility would have players believe.
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Players who really love the Greek Mythology genre can certainly check out slot, as there are decent wins to be had. However, there are plenty of better games out there with more exciting features that are better to look at and a lot more fun.