Microgaming brings us rich Greek mythology with Titans of the Sun, of which there are two versions - Titans of the Sun: Hyperion and Titans of the Sun: Theia. Titans were the pre-Olympian gods, who under the leadership of Titan Cronus overthrew the primordial tyrant god Uranus. Naturally, the Olympic gods later did the same to the Titans. Hyperion embodies light, wisdom and watchfulness and as such was considered the father of the sun, the moon, and the dawn. Theia was a supremely beautiful goddess of light, who bestowed radiant glow to gold, silver and gems.
Both Hyperion and Theia versions play almost the same, most of it stemming from the Titans' artwork. Of course, as both Titans represent light, this is too reflected in the overall theme. Everything is sunny, bright and golden with clear light blue colors and skylines. When all is said and done, the players seem to share the view that the Hyperion is the better of the two, both in terms of visual representation and the winning prospect.
Titans of the Sun offers a conventional Free Spin mechanic. When you land three or more Hyperion/Theia scatter symbols anywhere on the set, you trigger the Free Spin bonus. In total, you can win 15 Free Spins which can be retriggered. However, only in the Theia version can you have multipliers. On the other hand, you can trigger Free Spins more often in the Hyperion version.
Additionally, during the Free Spin bonus the Mystery symbol bonus can be transformed into a Wild symbol, which is not the case during the base game.
Furthermore, the Mystery symbols can transform into any high or low symbol, along the Wild symbols. Overall, the Free Spin feature in the Titans of the Sun is not as nearly rewarding as it is in other video slot games which is due to the lack of multipliers.
When you see the stacked sun icons, you will have a chance of getting a big win, as all the suns in view will transform into other symbol except for the Wild one. The Wild symbols can only transform during the Free Spin.
How well the art of the symbols gels with the backdrop theme and the player himself is critical to gauge the enjoyment and replayability of a video slot game. In that sense, Titans of the Sun's casino magic is serviceable but nothing to write home about. You will not be awed or enticed by the overall experience with the game, as some other games will do, like the Zombies game.
Titans of the Sun logo itself represents the Wild symbol and will substitute for other symbols except for the scatter symbols, which are represented by silhouetted forms of Theia and Hyperion. Including Hyperion, you have at your disposal three high value symbols - fiery horse and a fiery bird of prey. The lower values are represented by 10, J, Q, K and A.
It's definitely a good idea to introduce the epic Greek mythology into your gaming stable, but you get the sense that Microgaming went too conservative with Titans of the Sun, both in terms of visuals and potential wins.
First of all, when you have bonus features, like the Free Spins, and then don't offer any multipliers or mini-games, you don't excite the player enough for him to continue playing. The other Stacked Mystery bonus is also highly standardized and conventional, not offering anything creative and engaging. Microgaming would do well to learn from some of the recent EntNet's games like Zombies, or even their own game Hellboy.
If you are a fan of the fascinating Greek mythology, and especially if you are a connoisseur of the excellent video game Titan Quest, which recently got updated on the Steam platform, then you should play Titans of the Sun as well. Just don't expect huge win opportunities and massive replayability, as there are no mini-games integrated within it, like is the case with other video slot games.
Still, its sunny art style and cheery, ancient-urban sound backdrop is enough of a departure from the more dire-themed games you could be playing. If you like the mythos, give it a spin.