Durga is a December 2017 Hindu sect-inspired video slot developed by Endorphina. Themes: Sanskrit literature, Hindu mythology, metaphysics, mantra, mysticism, divinity, sacred text, Earth religion, contemporary paganism, incarnation, deity’s mount, card game, spiritual warfare, and eternal goddess. Relatable Endorphina-owned online games: Minotaurus (March 2015), Pachamama (June 2014), Shaman (November 2014), Temple Cats (November 2015), Voodoo series (December 2016; June 2019), Book of Santa, and The Vampires (October 2014). Durga’s rival games include: Mysterious India (October 2018) from DLV, Goddess of Valhalla (October 2018) from High 5 Games, and Ancient Goddess (April 2019) from Green Tube.
The title “Durga” is borrowed from a Godhead that is associated with the Hindu mythology, especially the Shaktism sect. Hailed as an eternal goddess whose name is Adi Parashakti, the multi-handed Durga defends adherents against evil. One symbol (buffalo demon) requires three winning combinations. Ten symbols require (handbell, fire, shell trumpet, lotus flower, A, K, Q, J, 9, and 10) three, four, or five winning combinations.
Durga Game Characteristics
Durga has a partitioned maroon 5X3 grid, with a gem-embedded golden frame; twelve symbols, lowly six total bets, two substitute-related win multipliers, four free game multipliers, an expanding mount lion, forty fixed paylines, four sets of selectable free games, side game, and payouts ranging from $0.05 to $25.00.
Durga has two special symbols and ten ordinary symbols. Special symbols: the free games-offering scatter is a sly, sharp-fanged, and red-eyed buffalo demon (part hairy Indian male, part buffalo) called Mahishasura whom goddess Durga slayed; and the wild/substitute is an Asiatic lion that Durga rode during her epic spiritual battle with the buffalo demon.
Ordinary symbols: a golden ghanta handbell; an oval ring of fire; a conch shell trumpet fitted with a golden apex; a purple lotus flower; a cogged golden-lined purple A; a golden brown K fitted with a garden fork; a golden yellow Q; a golden-lined blue J; a golden-lined green 9; and a golden-lined red 10.
Durga coin values: 0.01, $0.02, $0.03, $0.04, $0.05, and $0.10. The Durga total bets are: 0.40 (minimum bet), $0.80, $1.20, $1.60, $2.00, and $4.00 (maximum bet). The highest ever bet on any version is $400.00.
The $4.00 bet has these Durga payouts. Three buffalo demons pay $20.00. Three, four, or five: handbells pay $2.00, $7.50, and $25.00. Rings of fire pay $1.50, $5.50, and $10.00. Conch shell trumpets, or lotus flowers pay $1.50, $2.50, and $7.50. As, or Ks pays $1.00, $2.00, and $5.50. Qs, or Js, or 9s, or 10s pay $0.50, $1.50, and $2.50.
Also, three buffalo demons unlock a choice of four choosable free games with differing respective win multipliers. Options: 28 free games plus X1 win multiplier; or 16 free games plus X2 win multiplier; or 11 free games plus X3 win multiplier; or 7 free games plus X5 win multiplier.
Accessed via the “Take Risk” icon activated after every regular winning, the risk side game challenges players to guess if an upcoming card is: red or black to have wins doubled; or a clubs, spades, hearts, or diamonds suit to have wins increased fourfold—wrong guesses nullify wins. Durga’s non-progressive jackpot is 4.00X250 (=$1000.00) for this version, and seemingly 400X2500 (=$100000.00) for superior versions.
The Durga software is good, thanks to statistics, autospins, changeable graphics, and turbo. The still image of Durga and buffalo demon battling it out aside, its animated 3D graphics include; the glitter effect popping up, sparkling symbols, snarling lion, and the lion-riding goddess holding music instruments and weapons. Sound effects: Indian mantra, Indian music instrumental, cog winding, jingling, and trumpeting sea shell.
Luck in Durga
The return to player rate of Durga is 96% and the house edge is 4%. Durga is a game of chance.