Why is mythology so popular with online casinos?

When looking for your favourite casino online games, you may have spotted some common themes – the casino favourites, including Blackjack and Roulette, the age old classic Rainbow Riches and games based around your favourite TV shows like Deal or No Deal and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

This obviously isn’t just by chance, the operators know what themes their customers want in order to enjoy online casinos, and one of the most commonly seen subjects is mythology. 

A study of the themes of slot games by Casino Guide found that 19 of the top 100 slot games in the United Kingdom were mythology based, and you can see why. Everywhere you look you see a game based around the ancient Greeks – from the Age of Gods franchise to Zeus being plastered onto the front of a similar slot game and granting you some free spins. 


There are thousands of Greek mythology games to play on casinos across the internet and there are a number of reasons why. Firstly, like all companies, online casinos are out to make money. Using images of Zeus, Aphrodite and Hercules are commonly free as they are in the public domain. 

If a casino operator were to use Batman or Homer Simpson as their main characters they would have to pay their creators a hefty fee and they would also have a massive say on the outcome of the game, using Greek gods helps the operators avoid these issues. 

The other reason why mythology and Slots mix is down to the long list of symbols and logos on offer. Slots obviously rely purely on imagery and the list made available to them by mythology is endless. Most of these icons are recognisable by any Tom, Dick or Harry and link to a god or figure, like a lightning bolt for Zeus or a hammer for Thor. Just like the image rights mentioned above, these are generally free and also save the operator time and money from creating their own icons and logos for their games. 

Finally, using characters from mythology can add a fun and unique twist to online casino games. Players can channel their own inner Thor or Hercules as they attempt to power their way towards winning the jackpot. Ancient mythology may not be a topic that many people are familiar with, but these online games themed around Greek gods and ancient civilisations can be a fun way to learn more about the imagery surrounding mythology.

Is anything going to knock mythology off its pedestal I hear you ask? Well, it looks like we are going to be seeing the ancient gods on our screens for a very long time yet with almost one in five of the top 100 slot games in the UK based around that particular theme.  

However, animals are on the rise and are now the second-most played games, so we may well see jungle or safari-themed slot games take on the mantle eventually.