When you’re looking for an exciting spectacle with gladiators and tigers while enjoying an innovative gameplay, I can highly recommend the Rome The Golden Age™ slot. In an instant, you find yourself in ancient Rome where winners called the shots. Enjoy the spectacle and video slot features such as Wild Substitutions, a progressive Free Spins Multiplier, and Free Spins. Plus 5 reels arranged in a diamond shape that changes the way you play this NetEnt slot.
The golden age of the Roman Empire
The Golden Age of Rome is also considered the Pax Romana. And no, I’m not talking about an IKEA wardrobe here. I’m talking about a period marked as the prime years of Ancient Rome. The period began in 27 BC and lasted until 180 AD.
The period considered as Pax Romana began the moment Augustus came into power and lead to the flourishment of economy, arts, architecture and commerce in Rome.
During the golden age of Rome, the period the Rome The Golden Age™ slot has been inspired by, Rome grew in size and power. Rome became one of the largest empires with also their legal system expanding. Justice became more equal and civil service jobs became more common.
While the legal system in Ancient Rome received an update throughout the Pax Romana, gladiator fights remained a thing. The gladiator games lasted for nearly a thousand years, reaching their peak between the 1st century BC and the 2nd century AD.
Change needs time, we can see that when it comes to the environment on our planet. It’s hard to change traditions and longstanding habits. Like the island I live has traditionally a lot of fireworks in summer. We know that fireworks are bad for the environment, but for these traditions to be stopped, it either takes a pandemic in combination with years of education.
The same goes for the gladiator fights as we see in the Rome The Golden Age™ slot. They have been part of Ancient Rome for so long that it took hundreds of years for them to slowly disappear.
Roman gladiator fights were an opportunity for emperors and rich aristocrats to display their wealth to the populace and to commemorate military victories. Emperors also organised the fights when important officials came to visit and to celebrate birthdays. In case the emperor faced opposition from the population, he also used the fights to distract them from the political and economic problems.
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.
The fights were officially banned by Constantine in 325 AD as the first Christian emperor. He banned the fights on the grounds that they had no place in a time of civil and domestic peace. This proves that times can change for the better, you just need the right person in power.
Gladiator fights in the Roman The Golden Age™ slot
I think Constantine did the right thing, but history can’t be changed. The gladiator fights did exist and it’s not the first time they have been used in films or video slots.
The reason why I believe Constantine did the right thing is not because of the gladiators involved. Because when two people want to battle for their lives (voluntarily I mean), who am I to judge. However, they often dragged innocent animals into the story. That’s what I can never agree on!
In the Rome The Golden Age™ slot you see what I mean. You see a gladiator, fair enough, but he’s up against a tiger. The gladiator might have had a choice, but it’s 100% sure that the tiger didn’t. Yet, we see this picture back in lots of films and video slots.
The positive part is that it’s good for a great picture and lots of entertainment in the Rome The Golden Age™ slot which appeared at the NetEnt casinos in February 2021.
In the Free Spins feature, you enter one of the famous fighting arenas. However, luckily these days, we simply visit the Colosseum to enjoy the nostalgic feeling. No gladiators fighting for their lives any more and neither innocent tigers. No heaps of golden coins either, but luckily we have the Rome The Golden Age™ slot for that.
Besides the gladiator fights, we also know the Roman Empire for its architectural revolution including amphitheatres, aqueducts, baths, bridges, circuses, dams, domes, harbours, temples, and theatres. Some of these majestic building are found on the reels in Rome The Golden Age™, just like we saw in other Rome-themed slots like Victorious™ and Victorious MAX™, as well as Parthenon: Quest for Immortality™ that followed just weeks after.
As this is the case with the majority of the newer netEnt slots, also Rome The Golden Age™ offers a fixed number of betting options. In older NetEnt slots, you had the option to mix 10 levels with a certain number of coin values. Nowadays, NetEnt prefers to offer you fixed options and in this case, bets start at 0.10 up to 50.00. The maximum bet is much lower than the average NetEnt slot, but still good enough to accommodate the average video slot player.
Roman The Golden Age™ slot features
The first thing you notice when opening the Rome The Golden Age™ slot is the symbols placed in a diamond shape with a height of 3, 4, 5, 4, and 3 symbols from left to right. That’s what makes this game distinctive from the usual 5×3 slots. But that’s not all innovative in this game it also features innovations like a progressive Free Spins Multiplier. It’s also the Golden Age symbols you are after during the main game as they increase your chances of landing big clusters of Wilds.
One amazing feature in this Roman-themed slot is The Golden Age symbol. When the Golden Age symbol lands on the reels, it’s marked with a frame which can randomly turn into a Rome symbol and is then turned into an Active Frame.
The following spin, the active Rome symbols turn into Wild symbols. All adjacent positions with non-active frames can turn into Wild symbols too. The same goes for the positions next to them and this can continue up to 5 times. Obviously, Wild symbols substitute for most symbols.
Free Spins feature
When 3 Scatters land on the reels 2,3 and 3 in the main game, you activate 3 Free Spins. These 3 Free Spins come with a progressive Multiplier and more Free Spins can be unlocked during the feature!
All positions with Frames or Rome symbols that did not turn into Wild symbols during the spin which activated Free Spins, will now lock and award a random prize ranging from 1 to 50 times your bet.
When a Rome symbol lands on a free position, it awards a random prize between 1 and 50 times your bet and resets the Free Spins counter back to 3.
Every time a Golden Age symbol lands on a frameless position, the meter rises with +1. When a Golden Age symbol lands on a position with an (active) frame, you receive a random number of points between 1 and 5 adds added to the meter.
If all the positions are locked at the end of the Free Spins feature, the feature awards an extra x2 Multiplier for all the random prizes on the Rome symbols.