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When the day-to-day pressures of 21st-century living start to get to you, it may be time for some divine intervention. Leave your worries behind and let the slot game Divine Fortune take you on a trip back in time to ancient Greece.
What makes the Divine Fortune slot game special?
Whether you’re an ancient history or Greek mythology buff or not, this slot by NetEnt will grab your attention from the get-go.
Just don’t let the creepy mythical creatures, like the snake-haired Medusa and the ferocious Nemean lion, scare you away. They will be a welcome sight when they line up on the reels, especially with the help of the winged horse Pegasus (the wild symbol) to produce big wins.
Better yet, watch in amazement as what starts as one wild symbol turns into a falling wild (moving down one space) or even an expanding wild that covers an entire reel. Each time a wild symbol lands, you also get a free respin.
Lots of wild symbols and lots of free spins will add up to lots of wins.
You might even walk away with a fortune if you’re lucky enough to hit the jackpot.
Divine Fortune has three: a minor jackpot, a major jackpot, and a mega progressive jackpot.
A rare find: A progressive jackpot slot with a high RTP
Every slot game has a published return to player (RTP), which gives you an idea of the theoretical rate of return. The RTP is not for any given session of play but over thousands of spins. Even though your results for a single session might deviate substantially from this figure, if you play a lot, the overall pattern will start to resemble what the RTP suggests.
Another measure of your likelihood of winning is volatility. A slot with low volatility produces frequent small wins, while one with high volatility offers the potential for higher payouts. Know that there could be dry spells when you don’t win at all.
Unsurprisingly, most progressive jackpot slots have a lower than average RTP and high volatility. It’s the price you pay in your quest for the elusive megabucks.
That’s why when I saw that Divine Fortune has an RTP of 96.6%, I was flabbergasted. I would have figured it was a typo except that it is a NetEnt slot; all NetEnt slots have an RTP of at least 96%.
Although some reviewers describe Divine Fortune as having high volatility, the manufacturer rates the volatility level as “medium,” and I agree with that assessment.
Multiple wins in succession might come up empty. You will also get “wins” that don’t even come close to covering the cost of your bet. But patience is the name of the game.
How I fared playing in demo mode
I played this game in demo mode at three different bet levels: $10, $20, and $50. In two of the three sessions, I was down before I started winning. But in all three sessions, I finished way ahead.
Betting $50 a spin, I was behind, close to $400 (eight units, which isn’t bad at that level), before my luck turned around. Then I triggered the free spins bonus round. What started as five free spins multiplied into so many that I lost count.
On one spin, three of the five reels turned completely wild simultaneously. The winged horses expanded to triple their size, gold coins were flying all over the place, and when the free spins finally ran out, I was looking at a “super mega win” of $10,430.
Naturally, my wins were of much smaller magnitude when betting lower stakes, but even the $10 bets produced a net gain of more than $200.
All of these results were with play money, but the same or better could happen with real money, and it could happen to you.
By the way, I didn’t win any jackpots.
In my second session, betting $20 per spin, I did trigger the jackpot bonus game but fell short. For this game, you don’t need a jackpot to score a decent-sized win.
You probably won’t win a jackpot either, and you might not win at all. As long as you play at a level you can afford, it is highly unlikely that you will deplete your bankroll.
Divine Fortune slot machine basics
Divine Fortune is a video slot with five reels, three rows, and 20 fixed paylines. In that respect, it is no different from the hundreds of other online slots.
What makes this slot unique is that there is never a dull moment; it is full of bonus features. This slot game is not the type that will lull you to sleep while you’re waiting impatiently for something to happen. There is more over-the-top wild action (literally) than you can imagine.
Like all of the other online slot machines that NetEnt produces, Divine Fortune is built around an identifiable theme. In this case, it is ancient Greek mythology, which players will hear in the soundtrack and see in the setting and symbols.
As soon as you open the game, you see that the reels are flanked by two statues, one on each side. Just below the right-hand figure, there is a decorative Grecian urn.
How fitting it is too that the game’s wild symbol with fantastic powers is none other than the immortal mythical winged horse Pegasus.
The minimum bet per spin is 20 cents, while the maximum is $100. The wide range of bet sizes makes Divine Fortune a suitable choice for almost anyone from low-stakes players to high rollers.
However, the manufacturer points out that the bigger your bet, the better your chances of winning a jackpot. Therefore, I recommend selecting the highest bet you feel you can make that won’t strain your bankroll.
Divine Fortune slots symbols
Winning combinations are formed in the usual manner, requiring three or more like symbols in adjacent reels horizontally or diagonally, starting with the reel to the far left.
- Regular Symbols: The four higher-paying regular symbols are all mythological creatures. In descending order of payout, they are Medusa, then a Nemean lion, Minotaur, and Phoenix. Five Medusa symbols across a payline pay 600 coins. The lower-paying regular symbols are playing cards jack through ace.
- Wild Symbol: The mythical winged horse Pegasus is Divine Fortune wild symbol. As such, it substitutes for all other symbols except the free spins and bonus symbols to help form or add to winning combinations. This wild symbol has additional special powers. Every wild symbol becomes, at the very least, a falling wild. It moves down one position down on the reel where it remains for the next spin, and you get a free respin to boot.
- Free Spins Symbol: The free spins symbol is a clenched fist holding a lightning rod. Three or more of them anywhere on the reels will trigger the free spins bonus feature (see below).
- Jackpot Bonus Symbol: The jackpot bonus symbol is a gold coin; however, one or two won’t do you any good. But three or more will take you to a special screen to play the jackpot bonus game and possibly win a mini, major, or mega progressive jackpot.
Divine Fortune special features
The Divine Fortune slot machine includes several special features, many of which are exclusive to NetEnt slots. This section provides an overview of how each of these features works and how to activate the bonus round.
Falling wilds respins feature
One or more wild symbols can appear on any given spin in either the main game or the free spins bonus round. As soon as all payouts for that spin are awarded, each wild symbol shifts downward one place, and the falling wild activates a free respin.
It’s better to have the wild symbol land on the top row than on the bottom row because all wild symbols continue to activate falling wild respins until they disappear from the reels.
Additional falling wild respins will be awarded during a falling wild respin when new wild symbols land on the reels.
Wild on wild feature
The wild on wild feature is activated in the base game when an overlay wild lands on top of an already existing wild symbol. The wild symbol then expands to cover the entire reel.
This feature gives you multiple opportunities for winning combinations, but you’re far from done winning because each wild symbol then becomes a falling wild. You are guaranteed three free respins, at the very least, or maybe more if new wilds land on the reels.
During the free spins bonus feature (which is different from the falling wilds respins feature), you don’t even need a wild symbol to land on top of another wild. Anytime a wild symbol appears anywhere on the reels, it automatically triggers the wild on wild feature.
Free spins feature
When three or more free spins symbols simultaneously appear anywhere in the reels in the base game or the falling wilds respins feature, that activates the free spins feature. Depending on whether three, four, or five free spins symbols land, you will earn a minimum of five, eight, or 12 free spins, respectively.
Although you can’t retrigger the free spins feature, you can still wind up with many more free spins than the indicated number. Anytime a wild symbol appears during a free spins round, it becomes an expanding wild that covers the entire reel.
The free spins feature can continue for quite a while and award you with colossal wins.
Jackpot bonus game
This feature is the most exciting of all. You’ve been waiting for it to happen and it finally does. The chance to walk away with a jackpot.
To activate the jackpot bonus game, you need three or more gold coin jackpot bonus symbols to land on the reels simultaneously.
Unlike the main game, the jackpot bonus game is played with 15 reels. Whatever bonus symbols you just collected are each given a random coin win value of 10-200 times your bet size and then randomly placed on the reels.
You start with three free spins. However, each time a Jackpot Bonus symbol lands on the reels, after any resulting winnings with the multiplier are calculated and added to the current total, the number of remaining spins resets to three.
Meanwhile, the jackpot bonus symbols remain on the reels until either you win a jackpot or you exhaust your free spins, at which point the round ends, and you return to the main game.
If you fill one entire row with bonus symbols, you win the minor jackpot. If you fill two entire rows with bonus symbols, you win the major jackpot. If you fill all three rows with bonus symbols, you win the mega progressive jackpot.
Summary and conclusion
Like any slot game you play for real money, Divine Fortune entails being willing to take risks. However, the exceptionally high RTP, combined with medium volatility, should keep you in the game for as long or as often as you want to play.
Loaded with special features, including a shot at three jackpots, Divine Fortune also offers nonstop entertainment and excitement.