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Written and facts checked by Viyaan Varma on July 5th of 2022.
The Roman Coliseum, as magnificent as it is today, once was the place where ancient gladiatorial combat took place. It’s hard to imagine that something so brutal was seen as a privilege. Roman gladiators, those brave heroes, were glad to die fighting. Little did they know that they would inspire numerous television series and Hollywood blockbuster movies. Yggdrasil Gaming revisited this bloody period in history in its stunning video slot Champions of Rome. The reels spin against a backdrop of an arena filled spectators as the Mediterranean sun sets over their heads. The warriors step onto the blood-soaked sand, and the combat can begin. The Champions of Rome RTP is set at 96.4% and the top prize goes as high as 3,000x your stake per spin.
The game benefits from a standard 5×3 structure and 20 fixed paylines. All lines pay from the leftmost side to the right, only when there are at least three identical symbols on a line. The three mightiest of gladiators have found their positions as the top-paying symbols of the paytable. Wearing heavy armour, they are determined to fight to the death. Other symbols are sculptures and coins, and for once we are glad to see nothing but theme-related icons on the reels. The Wild is represented by a combination of a laurel wreath and an eagle. As per usual, the Wild is a substitution symbol for all the regular icons in the game, but it cannot replace the Bonus/Scatter symbol, in this case The Beast and the Free Spins symbol. The stakes go from ₹10 to ₹10,000 and it’s up to the player to set the desired wager size before spinning.
Yggdrasil is known for its amazing abilities to implement creative special features into its casino games, and Champions of Rome online slot is no different. The Gladiator feature is only one of several bonuses available; it’s triggered by two Free Spins symbols anywhere on the reels and it comes with three different Wild features – Swords (extra 1×2 and 2×1 Wilds are flung at the reels), Mace (2×2 Wilds are added at the reels) and Trident (4 random Wilds added to the reels).
Landing at least three Free Spins icons anywhere on sight will set the main Free Spins round in motion. Before any spins are awarded, the player must choose between Training Mode and Deathmatch Mode. Play it safe, get 8 spins and keep all the winnings or risk to lose your winnings if you miss the 450 coin-win target. There is also a possibility of multipliers being added to your earnings, but only if you hit the target. Don’t despair, because there is a consolation prize if your winnings are declared forfeit – either a cash prize worth 2 to 10 times the stake or 5 free spins in Training Mode.
One of the main advantages of Champions of Rome is an outstanding visual presentation. Yggdrasil’s Rome-themed slot machine comes with medium variance and medium winning potential despite being saturated with special features. Champions of Rome bonus rounds are somewhat complicated for less experienced players, although they are beautifully executed. If anyone of you Indian slot lovers out there is feeling lucky, you can simply buy free spins and eliminate the waiting time in between features.