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Champions of Rome from Yggdrasil Gaming: Slot Review - let your steel do the talking!

Step inside an arena full of bloodthirsty gladiators in this action-packed slot from Yggdrasil Gaming!

It’s time to slip on a pair of worn sandals and sharpen up your sword as we head to Ancient Rome in this new title from top software studio Yggdrasil Gaming! This slot closely follows a group of battle-hardened gladiators as they face off against each other in the iconic Colosseum. The sands of the arena are covered in blood as the gladiators battle their way to glory to get the all-important thumbs up or down from the ruler of Ancient Rome. It is not a pretty sight that is for sure! Let’s join in the action as the latest deathmatch takes place and see if we can survive long enough in battle to land a nice cash prize on the reels?

Champions of Rome is a 5 reel slot game with 20 paylines that includes Extra Wilds, Free Spins, Multipliers, and a Bonus Buy feature.

Champions of Rome Screenshot

Special Features

The first special feature to discuss is the obligatory Wild symbol which is represented by a golden laurel. This symbol like most Wilds substitutes for all regular symbols to help form winning combinations on the reels.

The Free Spin symbol in this game is depicted by an image of a silver gladiator mask. Land 2 of these symbols on the reels to trigger the Gladiator feature and you will benefit from one of the following 3 Wild features:

  • Sword – a 2x1 and a 1x2 Wild appear on the reels.
  • Mace – a 2x2 Wild is flung at the reels.
  • Trident – 4 random Wilds are added to the reels.

Landing 3 or more Free Spin symbols anywhere on the reels triggers the special Free Spins bonus feature along with awarding a nice cash prize. 3 Free Spin symbols award 20 coins, 4 will get you 300 coins, and 5 will give you a whopping haul of 12,000 coins! Once in this feature, you will then get to choose between 2 different Free Spin modes which are Training Mode and Deathmatch Mode. As soon as you choose a mode, then a random Gladiator symbol will be selected to replace all high-paying symbols. Their weapon will be used once on each Free Spin to award 4 Wilds. The Free Spin symbol does not appear in this feature, instead, it is replaced by a Beast symbol and when you land a Wild on the Beast symbol then you will be awarded 1 Extra Free Spin.

Choosing the Training Mode awards 8 Free Spins and you get to keep all of your winnings but if you are feeling a bit more adventurous then you can opt for the more risky Deathmatch Mode. In this Free Spins bonus game, you are presented with the following 3 Free Spins options:

  • 7 Free Spins with a 2X Multiplier
  • 6 Free Spins with a 3X Multiplier
  • 5 Free Spins with a 4X Multiplier

The objective here is to win at least 450 coins, failing to do this and you will lose all of your current winnings. Don’t despair if you do not win the required coins total as you will be given a consolation prize which is 5 Training Mode Free Spins or 40 to 200 coins. The Deathmatch Mode is also where you can win the top prize which is a massive 4,800X your stake! To win it, you'll need to fill all the reels with the Red Gladiator symbol along with the 4X Multiplier in play.

The final feature to discuss is the Buy Bonus feature. This is a special button on the reels which when clicked will trigger the Free Spins bonus feature automatically. Of course, it does not come for free as it will set you back at least 1,000 coins to activate Free Spins this way.

Theme and Graphics

With this being a Yggdrasil Gaming slot, you just know you are in for a real treat in terms of presentation and graphics and this game does not disappoint in this department. It is set inside the renowned Colosseum with a brightly lit sky overhead along and beautifully designed marble columns surrounding the reels. The symbols in the game are wonderfully rendered onscreen and consist of a few different Gladiators, animal stones, along with a bunch of different coloured coins. The animations are superb as symbols burst into life when part of a winning combination. It is particularly pleasing when you trigger the Gladiator feature as one of the combatants throws their weapon at the reels which is a timely reminder to let you know what is going on in the Colosseum right now!

The music is of the epic variety and ramps up in volume and intensity the more you play. It ties in perfectly with the action-packed gameplay.

Win lines, Payouts and Jackpots

The game has 20 paylines, a very good RTP of 96.4%, and a maximum payout worth 4,800X your initial stake.

Below is a summary taken from the PayOut Table from the game. The amount won for each combination depends on the value of the bet when you spin the reels.

Bet Range: 0.10, 0.20, 0.40, 0.60, 0.80, 1.00, 1.40, 2.00, 3.00, 4.00, 5.00, 6.00, 10.00, 14.00, 20.00, 30.00, 40.00, 50.00, 60.00, 70.00, 80.00, 90.00, 100.00

  • Gladiator Red Background Symbol: 40 for 3X, 120 for 4X, 1,200 for 5X
  • Gladiator Green Background Symbol: 40 for 3X, 110 for 4X, 1,100 for 5X
  • Gladiator Blue Background Symbol: 40 for 3X, 100 for 4X, 1,000 for 5X
  • Lion Symbol: 10 for 3X, 50 for 4X, 120 for 5X
  • Eagle Symbol: 10 for 3X, 40 for 4X, 110 for 5X
  • Bull Symbol: 10 for 3X, 30 for 4X, 100 for 5X
  • Gold Coin Symbol: 4 for 3X, 10 for 4X, 30 for 5X
  • Silver Coin Symbol: 4 for 3X, 10 for 4X, 30 for 5X
  • Bronze Coin Symbol: 4 for 3X, 10 for 4X, 30 for 5X
  • Metal Coin Symbol: 4 for 3X, 10 for 4X, 30 for 5X

Our Verdict on Champions of Rome

This game comes from Yggdrasil Gaming and is an action-packed gaming experience not to be missed! It features outstanding visuals and effects, a thumping soundtrack, and the perfect range of bonus features to keep you battling inside the Colosseum for hours on end. The Gladiator feature triggered more than once while playing and it is a welcome feature as you can benefit nicely from 4 different Wilds appearing on the reels. However, the star attraction of this slot is without a doubt the Free Spins bonus feature as it is here where you can enjoy lucrative 4X Multipliers on every Free Spin if you choose the risky Deathmatch Mode. It is just unfortunate that the Free Spins you receive are a bit on the small side. We also like the fact that you can trigger the Free Spins feature right away via the Bonus Bet button but bear in mind that it will cost you 1,000 coins for doing so. In terms of variance, I found this slot middling between Medium and High so you will need to be patient when looking for big wins here. For slots with a similar Gladiator theme, check out Tiger's Glory and Gladiator Jackpot.

Enter the Colosseum to battle your way to fortune on the reels in Champions of Rome!