As one of the most powerful civilizations with a vast impact on modern times, Ancient Rome is still a subject of study and a cause of fascination to even those who are not academically inclined. It is, therefore, no wonder that the theme has been continuously inspiring artists from different fields, including video game designers. Some of the most popular slots nowadays employ a theme closely related to this historical time period and the list below describes top 5 Ancient Rome Theme slots, distinctive by their popularity, bonuses or generous payouts.
Released by Realtime Gaming, one of the software developers known for their authentic creations, Achilles is a 5 reel and 20 payline slot, with a betting range of $0.20 to $5.00. The Wild of the game and the highest grossing symbol is, of course, Achilles himself, who can generate up to 10,000 coins for the combination of 5. The same symbol can replace all other icons except for the Scatter, represented in this slot by the city of Troy; this icon pays up to 500 coins for the combination of 3 and multiplies the winnings. Other icons include Helen of Troy, the Trojan Horse and the Warrior’s Shield and Banner.
With 3 Wild symbols on the reels, a Bonus game will be activated and the player picks one of the icons, thus winning 15, 20 or 25 Free Games sessions during which the winnings are multiplied by 3 and Troy symbols transformed into higher paying characters, Helen and Achilles. The combo of at least 3 Troy icons will trigger 10 Free Games, doubling all of the winnings for as long as new Scatters appear on the reels, reactivating the Free Games. The maximum amount the player can win on a single spin is 50.000 coins, but the real money comes with the progressive jackpot (with a player’s contribution of 1.5% out of the total RTP).
Caesar’s Empire is another Realtime Gaming video slot with the Ancient Rome theme and the same structure and betting range as Achilles slot. Despite the mighty Colosseum looming in the background behind the reels, your eyes will more often wander off to the Random Jackpot screen, where the progressive jackpot is displayed. This way, you can stay inspired by the constantly increasing amount which is only one spin away.
The Caesar icon appears on the reels 1 – 4 during the main game, replacing other icons and tripling the winning amounts for any valid icon combination. Together with Colosseum icon on reel 5, Caesar symbol will also unlock the Free Game, where any new Colosseum icon will change into either Caesar or Cleopatra, generating higher winning amounts and activating up to 5 additional Free Games.
The appeal of this game is not so much in the originality of its Bonus Features as it is in the dynamics and excitement coming from the random progressive Jackpot and abundance of extra games triggered by the Caesar icon. The main game payout is also quite generous, especially if you are playing with Max Bet (recommendable for all progressive jackpot slots) – 40,000 coins.
It would somehow seem unfair not to include the Roman Empire theme slot by one of the industry’s top software developers, Playtech. A slightly underestimated slot, Rome and Glory plays up with all the cliche symbols you can think of when imagining the lifestyle of Ancient Romans – goblets of the finest wine, grape, gladiator games and abundance of gold.
The game features two Scatter symbols – Colosseum icon and a Mystery Scatter that appears within the Free Games which are unlocked by three or more Scatter icons. The Mystery Scatter can be any random icon except for the Colosseum Scatter; once selected, the relevant symbol will take on the Scatter symbol qualities and generate higher payments in accordance to the paytable for the higher value icons. Bonus games will be triggered for as long as the Colosseum Scatters land on the reels, generating infinite sessions, until the last Free Spin is played – when that happens, the player will be returned to the base game, until the next combination of Scatters unlocks a new set of free spins.
Spectacular NextGen release, Glorious Empire is a pays-both-ways slot, with outstanding graphics and potentially endless sessions of free games. The Wild of the game is a Lion’s head with crossed swords, one of the animals often exploited in Ancient Roman architecture. This symbol can substitute all other icons in forming a winning combination and it will award up to 250 coins for a combination of 5. The only icon that cannot be substituted by the Wild is the Pantheon Scatter symbol, which pays from 200 to 4,000 coins, depending on the number of icons forming the winning string. Any Scatter win will be multiplied by the betting amount.
Scatters will also unlock Free Games – a minimum of 3 icons should land on the reels for 7 Free Spins to be awarded – combinations of 4 and 5 Scatters will trigger sessions of 10 and 15 extra spins, respectively. During the new games, Wild symbols will be locked on the reels until the last Free Spin is used up. The bonus rounds can be reactivated at all times, with the new combination of Scatters appearing on the reels.
Created by Williams Interactive, Roman Chariot slot is clearly inspired by the Ancient Romans favourite pastime – chariot races. Once you launch the game, your auditory nerves will be overwhelmed with the background noise of horses screaming and the audience cheering – at one point, the noise becomes too much to handle, but it definitely adds to the authenticity.
Roman Soldier inside the chariot is the Wild symbol that can land on the main reels 2, 3 and 4 and sub for other slot symbols (the exceptions are special feature icons such as Spin, Reset and Bonus symbols that activate new rounds and multiply the winnings). When two Wheel Bonus symbols land onto the Reels, the game will shift onto an alternate set of reels and initiate 8 Free Games with 2x bet multiplier. An interesting addition to the game is the introduction of the Supercharged Reel sets, A, B and C, located above the Main Reels. each featuring an all-wild single reel.
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