Champions of Rome
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Champions of Rome by Yggdrasil Gaming released on 21.02.2019 is a 5-reel & 3-row online slot with 20 paylines and a 96.4% RTP. This is a roman-themed game offering players a max win of up to 2683x their stake. Champions of Rome can be played on all devices from €0.2 to €100 per spin and is considered a medium volatility game.
Community Big Wins
Champions of Rome certainly isn’t short on features. There are three base-game ‘Gladiator’ features and a bonus round with a choice of increasingly volatile free spin rounds. There is also a ‘buy-a-bonus’ option.
The Gladiator feature is triggered by landing 2 scatter symbols. Four wild symbols are launched on to the reels by a Gladiators weapon. The manner and order in which the wilds land will be determined by which Gladiator is randomly chosen:
- Red Gladiator: Swords – the sword awards a double-stacked and 2 single wilds on the reels
- Green Gladiator: Mace – the mace awards 2 double-stacked wild on the reels
- Blue Gladiator: Trident – the trident awards 4 random wilds
Gladiator Free Spins
Free spins are triggered either by landing 3 or more scatters on the reels, or via the buy-a-bonus feature. Once triggered, there is an option to choose from two different modes of free spins – training mode or deathmatch mode. See below for details;
- Training mode free spins – play it safe with training mode free spins and you’ll be awarded with 8 free spins after which you’ll keep all your bonus round winnings.
- Deathmatch mode free spins - Deathmatch mode is the more volatile choice, but also offers the biggest potential rewards. You must hit a 450 coin target (22.5x stake) during the round, but if you do then your winnings will be multiplied. Once again, you can choose to increase the volatility by choosing 7, 6, or 5 free spins with a 2x, 3x, or 4x multiplier, respectively. If you fail to reach the winning target of 450 coins, then you will at least be awarded a consolation prize of up to 10x your stake or 5 training mode spins.
In both free spin rounds, all high-value symbols will be replaced with one of the three Gladiators. Furthermore on each spin 4 wilds will hit the reels courtesy of the chosen Gladiator’s weapon. Also, bigger wins can be achieved in the free spins round as all symbols can appear stacked, unlike in the base game.
Buy a Bonus
If you’re prepared to stump up 100x your chosen spin-stake, then you can circumnavigate the need to play for free spins and buy straight into the feature via the Buy a Bonus button
Game Design and Overall Feel
Yggdrasil never fail to impress with their design and artwork and this time out their talented team bring to life the historic spectacle of the world’s most infamous Gladiatorial stage, the Roman Colosseum. The title page shows a superbly detailed section of the stadium, packed with baying mobs of blood-thirsty spectators.
The main gaming screen recreates a similar scene, only this time gameboard fills much of the screen. The board has transparent reels framed within the entrance of a Roman temple. A golden Roman Aquila sits at the apex of the temple with the game’s logo beneath. The cheering crowds can be seen through transparent reels while the game plays to a majestic if slightly ominous soundtrack.
Coins of metal, bronze, silver, and gold represent the lowest value symbols. Stone carvings of a bull, an eagle, and a lion are the game’s mid-value symbols. Three Gladiators (blue, green, and red) are the highest value symbols, with the red Gladiator the most valuable regular symbol, awarding 2, 6, or 60x the stake for 3, 4, or 5 across a payline.
A golden eagle is a wild symbol, and a metal warrior mask is the game’s scatter symbol. The scatter symbol offers the highest 5 of a kind win, paying 600x the stake if you can manage it. Finally, there is a special symbol in the bonus game, a horn-masked Gladiator known as “The Beast”.
Our Thoughts on Champions of Rome
Champions of Rome is a solid piece of work from Yggdrasil. As ever the visual aesthetics are top drawer throughout, from the artwork on the main screen to the feature animations. There’s enough exposure to features to stop things getting repetitive, and for a mid-variance slot, there is some decent potential.
If higher volatility is your thing you have the option to not only buy straight into the free spin round but also to gamble your potential winnings for the chance of up to a 4x multiplier. Given the potential for stacked symbols in the bonus round and the 4x multiplier, there is potential for a 4,800x stake jackpot – not bad at all!
All in all, Champions of Rome is a sound offering and a great additional to Yggdrasil’s already impressive portfolio. If Gladiator themed slots are your thing, then we might also boldly suggest you check out Blueprint’s November 2018 release, Rome: The Rise of an Empire for more quality mid-volatility action.
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