2021 is on its way, have a bit of patient! When it comes to new NetEnt Games, it’s going to be a good year! I already announced Fruit Shop Megaways™, although no official preview video and launch date is available. The same goes for Turn Your Fortune MAX™, Parthenon: Quest for Immortality™, and of course the Hell’s Kitchen™ slot. The only launch officially confirmed with a date is the one of the Rome The Golden Age™ slot which arrives at the NetEnt Casinos on the 9th of February. This Rome-themed video slot promises heaps of golden coins and more!
A slot inspired by Roman arena fights
There’s something about the Rome The Golden Age™ slot that disgusts me, but history can’t be changed, can it. I’m all for gladiator fights, don’t get me wrong. If two people want to battle for their lives (as long as it’s voluntarily), who am I to judge. But when you bring in animals that have absolutely no voice of their own, you hit a sensitive spot.
The idea of watching dozens of condemned naked criminals with their hands tied at the back, having no chance against a few hungry tigers, doesn’t seem like the kind of entertainment I’m looking for. But it was a thing back in the time and there’s nothing we can do to change history. We can only learn from the dumbness of our ancestors.
Might was always right in Ancient Rome. Rome The Golden Age™ slot takes you back to the golden age of the Roman Empire, where winners called the shots.
Allowed is using history to get to an amazing design! You can even print a tiger on the symbols, as long as they don’t attack anyone, guilty of a crime or not! In the Free Spins feature, you do enter a famous fighting arena. Luckily these days, we simply visit the Colosseum to enjoy the nostalgic feeling. But that’s it! No gladiators fighting for their lives any more. And no condemned criminals with no chance to get out of the Roman fighting arena alive.
What innovations to expect from Roman The Golden Age™ slot?
The Rome The Golden Age™ slot promises to bring a few rather interesting innovations. The new Roman-themed slot doesn’t look at all to be a standard video slot. As usual, it does bring a 5-reel slot, but with distinctive reels, like we saw in NetEnt slots like Dazzle Me™, Reel Rush™, and Reel Rush 2™. The 5 reels are arranged in a diamond shape with a height of 3, 4, 5, 4, and 3 symbols from left to right.
The game features Wild Substitutions, a progressive Free Spins Multiplier, and Free Spins. That doesn’t sound too innovative if you don’t know better. But when you start the game, you soon find out this game is everything but standard. Except maybe the 20 bet lines which aren’t special at all.
So, what’s so special about the Rome The Golden Age™ slot? I’ll explain it with more details later, but one amazing feature is The Golden Age symbol. When the Golden Age symbol lands on the reels, its position is marked with a frame. This special symbol can randomly turn into a Rome symbol for a Frame to turn into an Active Frame. What happens next…
Roman The Golden Age™ slot features explained
…is what makes the Rome The Golden Age™ slot a game worth playing. But let’s start from the beginning! Because it all starts with opening the video slot’s main game which is almost as interesting as the Free Spins feature.
It’s the Golden Age symbols you are after during the main game as they increase your chances of landing big clusters of Wilds. When a Golden Age symbol lands on the reels, it can randomly turn into a Rome symbol. You then see a frame around the symbol. This simply means that the Golden Age symbol became active. All Golden Age symbols from the spin are recognised by a golden frame.
Reels will then spin again and at the end of the spin, the active symbol turns into a Wild symbol. But that’s not all as all adjacent symbols with the golden frames turn into Wild symbols too. As well as the positions next to them, and so on up to 5 times. Obviously, Wild symbol substitute for all other symbols, except Scatters.
3 Scatter symbols landing on reels 2,3 and 3 in the main game activate 3 Free Spins. It doesn’t seem like a lot of free spins. Just until you find out that it comes which comes with a progressive multiplier!
All positions with Frames or Rome symbols that did not turn into Wild symbols during the game round that activated Free Spins will lock and then award a random prize ranging from 1 to 50 times your bet.
When a Rome symbol lands on a free position, it’ll also award a random prize ranging from 1 to 50 times your bet. It also resets the Free spins counter which will then fall back to 3.
Every time a Golden Age symbol lands on a position without an (active) frame, the progress bar rises with 1. However, when a Golden Age symbol lands on a position with an (active) frame, a random number of points ranging between 1 and 5 adds to the progress bar.
At the end of Free Spins, if all the positions are locked, an extra x2 Multiplier is awarded on all random prizes on Rome symbols.