In spite of its size and focus on gaming, Zynga doesn’t make too many appearances on the pages of the blog here at MobileCasino.net. After all, we’re mainly concerned with making some cash on the mobile slots rather than being social on them, but when news like the release of Riches of Olympus comes to light, we simply have to take a look. After all, we’re fans of great mobile slots almost as much as we are of winning, so in the knowledge that this was one of the most feature packed mobile casino games to hit screens so far, we had to take a look.
Casino gaming is certainly an important part of Zynga’s strategy going forward, as evidenced by the success of the likes of Zynga Poker and Hit it Rich! However, Riches of Olympus represents their very first fully featured mobile slot, and it is clear to see that they have put plenty of time and effort into bringing it up to the kind of levels that players expect. Exclusively available on iPhones and iPads, we’ve taken a look at what it has to offer in an increasingly crowded marketplace.
Barry Cottle, Zynga’s Executive Vice President of Games, was on hand to introduce the new title while also speaking on the company as a whole, commenting: “We expect 2014 to be a transformative year for the Zynga Casino franchise and look forward to exceeding our players’ expectations. Slots is the fastest growing segment in the social casino category and Riches of Olympus delivers a uniquely social, high quality Las Vegas style experience for slots lovers.”
The graphics are pretty much what you would expect from a game called Riches of Olympus. Ancient Greek themes have been done on the slots many times and if you’re an experienced player then you’ll undoubtedly have encountered it before. However, where this game stands out is the fact that it arguably includes more features than just about any mobile slot before it. During the course of play, you’ll encounter sticky wilds, stacked symbols, respins, expanding wilds and more. There’s even a built in roulette wheel to make wins even bigger.
Of course, this is a Zynga game so you can’t expect everything to simply be confined to the reels themselves. If you’re the kind of player that likes to showcase their achievements, then you’ll be happy to know that you can travel through the Ancient Greek adventure while hitting milestones and sharing those milestones with others in the community. The good old concept of sending and receiving gifts to friends to enhance their experience also makes an appearance, and that is something that we don’t think will ever go away on Zynga games – at least not until there is real money at stake!
It is fair to say that Riches of Olympus is definitely a well-designed mobile slot and if we were to look at it from a real casino perspective, the only thing that we would note as strangely absent is support for Android devices – a huge problem if you’re actually trying to reach the full player base! Nevertheless, the slot caught our eye because it demonstrates that it is certainly possible to cram in some top class gaming features on mobile screens and may act as a preview as to what we have to look forward to in the near future.
Whether you enjoy social gaming or not, you can get social with us by following or liking us on Twitter and Facebook, where you’ll be first to find the latest mobile casino news, bonuses and updates.