Yggdrasil Gaming introduced Alchymedes in a press release, dated January 24, 2017, where its theme was acclaimed as blurring the difference between science and magic. Hence, the Alchymedes game play is all about mixing magical potions in a laboratory to create colorful payouts-triggering chemicals. Alchymedes’ scientific theme bears a distant semblance to Yggdrasil’s May 2015 slot titled Cyrus the Virus. The rival games include Frankenstein Rising from Net Entertainment, Gold Lab from Quickspin, Alchemist’s Lab from Playtech, and Frog Grog by Thunderkick.
The name “Alchymedes” is a corruption of “Archimedes”, an ancient Greek scientist who is famed for many scientific breakthroughs. Alchymedes players seek three, four, or five matching symbols.
Alchymedes Game Characteristics
Alchymedes has a volatility rating of 35%, a 5X4 grid, and 60 pay lines—30 pay lines pay from left to right, and the other 30 pay lines pay vice versa. With a total of twelve symbols, Alchymedes’ high-paying symbols are four laboratory apparatus: a purple alcohol burner, a golden alcohol burner, a blue alcohol burner, and a green alcohol burner.
Playing card suits, which are set on geometry worksheets, symbolize the lowly regular payouts namely: a purple spades suit, a pale scarlet hearts suit, an indigo diamonds suit, and a gray-and-green clubs suit. The four special symbols are: two (substituting) Wilds—a yellow-and-green “Wild” and a golden “Wild” alcohol burner; an Alchemist’s scale with a green solution “W” (Wild) and a pink solution “M” (multipler); and a bonus feature.
When Alchymedes loads, its first page’s notifications are about its levels-completing winnings, dynamic multipliers, 15000+ unique wild patterns, and the possibility of earning up to 300,000 coins in a single game round.
The Alchymedes’ coin values are: $0.01, $0.02, $0.03, $0.04, $0.05, $0.07, $0.10, $0.16, $0.20, $0.30, $0.50, $0.70, $1.00, and $2.00. The Alchymedes’ total bets (they are coin values X 30) are: $0.30 (its minimum total bet), $0.60, $0.90, $1.20, $1.50, $2.10, $3.00, $4.80, $6.00, $9.00, $15.00, $21.00, $30.00, and $60.00 (its maximum total bet).
Alchymedes has these payouts for its three, four, and five winning combinations, respectively. The purple alcohol burner has X20, X60, and X500. The golden alcohol burner pays X15, X50, and X 400. The blue alcohol burner offers X12, X 45, and X 300. The green alcohol burner offers X10, X40, and X200.
The spades suit offers X8, X30, and X100. The hearts suit gives X7, X25, and X90. The diamonds suit has X6, X20, and X80. The clubs suit has X5, X15, and X70. The randomly-appearing bonus feature offers one out of its six rewards: between 100 and 2000 coins, payable after completing a level; X2 or X3 starting multipliers; one or two extra pattern positions; a progressively increasing level completion multiplier. Note: levels are completed after golden markings cover the entire grid.
The Alchemist’s scale, which shows up after a level has been completed, can boost the aforementioned multipliers or wild patterns when the respective potion (“m” or “w”) is added. Alchymedes’ non-progressive jackpot is $600,000.
The Alchymedes software and sounds are good. However, it is the animated graphics that best capture the experimenting environment, such as the bubbly buttons and the process piping.
Luck in Alchymedes
The return to player rate of Alchymedes, which is a game of chance, is 96.1%, while the house edge of this game is 3.9%.