NetEnt has long been one for innovative reelcase designs in its online slots, and Rome: The Golden Age slot is as innovative as the great civilization itself. The reelcase is arranged in a 3x4x5x4x3 design, bringing back memories of NetEnt’s Motörhead slot and Reel Rush 2, among others. The Golden Roman coins land to leave frames across the reels, and transform at random into Wilds. They spread from frame to frame, like the advancing Roman Empire, annexing all other frames into Wilds as they go. As you collect Golden Coins you advance the Free Spins multiplier, which can reach the dizzying height of x1,000.
Pros & Cons
- Free Spins multiplier can reach x1,000.
- Wilds spread across the reels.
- Innovative game design.
- Wilds only appear at random inside frames.
- Level-linked gameplay prohibits switching up or down bet levels.
- Need to land 200 coins to advance the Free Spins multiplier by x1.
How to Play
The paylines in Rome: The Golden Age have to take into account the innovative reel setup, which can be slightly confusing compared to Ways To Win slots that simply pay adjacently. You still have to match symbols left to right, with any coins that land whizzing off into the coin collection meter above the reels in the top left. When you have collected 200 coins, the win multiplier in the top right increases by x1. To set the reels in motion, select your bet level by clicking the coin stack and then press the spin button beneath the reels. To trigger the Free Spins Multiplier feature you need to land three Scatters on reels 2, 3 and 5.
Stone carved 10s through Aces make up the game’s lower paying symbols, but it is the Swords, Helmet, Ring, Aquila and Tiger that pay between x2.5-x5 your stake that afford the game’s top payouts. All symbols appear stacked, so can create multiple winning combinations on each spin. Any Golden Coin symbols collect in the coin meter above the reels, leaving a frame around the symbol space. At any point a frame can become active and, on the following spin, the active frame introduces a Wild, which spreads to any connected frame. This has the potential to lead to a reelcase full of Wilds, which pay out x5 your stake for landing 5 on a payline. Three red and gold Scatters trigger the Free Spins Multiplier feature when they land on reels 2, 3 and 4.
The Free Spins Multiplier feature on Rome: The Golden Age isn’t a conventional free spins bonus round, but it fits neatly with the theme and style of the slot and can be as lucrative as a Roman conquest.