Mythic Maiden Slot
Mythic Maiden is a spook-tastic 5-reel, max 30-pay line online slot from NetEnt. This ghostly game seems to based around an old 'Iron Maiden' – not the seminal English heavy metal band, but the alleged torture device consisting of an upright, coffin-like structure with a hinged door. The interior of the device was covered in spikes, and the hapless victim would be placed inside with the threat of the door behind closed and a severe puncturing ensuing. Sadly (or not) it's thought that Iron Maidens are a myth, and the ones that were actually constructed were made by Victorians as fake exhibition items. There's no reliable record of anyone ever actually being placed inside an Iron Maiden.
The symbols in this game are an eclectic mix of horrific oddities, from spiders that appear to work for the Red Cross, to monkey skulls. Playing card values (here from ten to ace) also make an appearance, in the form of half-melted candles. Before you spin, you need to select the value of your coin from 0.01 to 0.50, your bet level (effectively, how many coins you wish to wager) from one to ten, and the number of lines you want in play from one to thirty. Your total stake is your coin value x your bet level x the number of lines. The more you pay, the more you could stand to win. Once you're satisfied, hit the 'spin' button. Land three or more identical symbols on an active pay line in sequence starting from the left hand reel, and you're a winner!
Payout & bonus rounds
Payouts commence at 7x for three tens, and run up to 2,000x for five shrunken heads.
An oddly glowing red and purple swirling symbol acts as the scatter, and if you land at least three of them anywhere in the reels, you are awarded free spins – ten free spins for three scatter symbols, fifteen free spins for four and a spectre-tacular thirty free spins for five.
During free spins the Mythic Maiden herself pops open and will reveal prize multipliers and bonus free spins which are then awarded.
The moon symbol acts as a wild symbol, and substitutes for all other symbols aside from the scatter. Any line win that contains a wild symbol is multiplied by three.
In all honesty, despite the eerie theme and the wonderful graphics, there's not a whole lot that's going on with Mythic Maiden. The bonus features are rather tame compared to plenty of other online slots from NetEnt and others, and after a few dozen spins the action does get more than a little repetitive – in fact if you're forced to play this slot for more than a hour, you might end up considering being placed in a real 'Mythic Maiden' to be much more agreeable!