E is for Epic
When you’re dealing with one of the most famous Greek gods of all time, it’s hard to do subtle or humble. Apollo God of the Sun is an all-action game in which everything is cranked up to 11.
The wilds? Burning suns. Animations? Flaming torches. Soundtrack? Moody and atmospheric.
Leander have pulled out all the stops with this game, but that’s not to say they’ve always succeeded. Apollo looks cinematic in places; cheap and low-fi in others, such as in the currency display at the bottom of the screen, which clumsily overwrites text positioned behind it.
At the top of the screen, above the stone columns that contain the 5×3 layout, the value of the game’s progressive jackpot is displayed, while to the left of that, quick tips are provided on how to use wilds and bonuses to good effect. Everything else lies below the reels in a clumsy and badly designed layout that appears to have been cobbled together.
On the bottom left, the number of paylines – 20 – is displayed, a number which can’t be adjusted. The value of the total bet can be however. Click on this tab and it will expand to reveal all the possible values that can be selected, from €0.20 all the way up to €200.
To the right of this is a field for Total Win, but this has been overwritten with green text that renders what’s underneath illegible. The effect is to cheapen the look of what could otherwise have been a slick and sophisticated game. Autoplay can be set at anywhere from 5 to 100 spins.
The Aim of the Game
In the words of Leander, Apollo God of the Sun will let you “unleash all the power of the sun” as Apollo “will take you into the glory of the Ancient Greece”. This information can be found in the paytable menu and, like the game controls, is set out in a cheap and nasty manner that’s unbecoming of such a potentially epic game.
Trying to read the information on the paytable that’s superimposed over the reels is nigh impossible; good luck in getting the page scrolling to stop at the right point. Apollo God of the Sun is a game that’s bedevilled by UX problems.
Apollo might be poorly designed, but it’s a game that certainly has potential; Leander have built no shortage of bonus features into the game. Prime features include Almighty Sun, in which you will be granted 1 or 2 wild columns “to raise your winnings up to the sun”. These may be added to the reels randomly in any spin.
There’s also the Muse of Music bonus to collect which will see you select a bonus to receive up to 45x your bet. Finally, look out for The Eternal Flame bonus, which grants free spins. Land 3 free spins symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5 and you’ll receive 7 free spins. The final way to win big at Apollo God of the Sun is by scooping the progressive jackpot. The bigger your bet, the bigger your chances of winning the top prize.
The Final Word on Apollo God of the Sun
This 5-reel game from Leander is one that’s ruined by poor design and a clumsy layout. The bonuses and other features are good, but everything else about this game is a major letdown, ensuring that Apollo is a shadow of the game it deserves to be.