Go into battle with the legendary French general in Napoleon: Rise of an Empire. Created by Blueprint Gaming, it’s a 5 reel, 20 payline slot that comes with wilds that can multiply payouts by up to 16x, a Free Games feature that awards up to 20 free spins with streak spins and wild multipliers as well as payout of up to 5,000 times your stake per payline! Play on all devices from 20p to £40 per spin.

The design here is pretty simple – you’ll see lower value A to 9 royal values alongside cannons, horses and sailing ships. The best of the standard symbols is the soldier – land 2, 3, 4 or 5 of those on the same payline and you can look forward to an award of 20, 40, 60 or 200 times your stake.

Better still is Bonaparte himself – Napoleon is the game’s wild and substitutes for all other symbols bar the scatter. Land 2, 3, 4 or 5 wilds on a payline and you’ll pocket 20, 40, 60 or 5,000 times your stake – yes, 5,000 times your stake!

The Napoleon wild also provides a multiplier boost when it forms part of a winning line with a standard symbol – 1 wild delivers a 2x multiplier. Land 2, 3 or 4 wilds and multiplier increases to 4x, 8x or even 16x! This is known as the Wild Multiplier feature. On any spin, an animated Bonaparte can appear on the reels and deliver a Battle Cry Modifier feature – this adds extra bonus symbols or extra wilds to the reels.

Land 3 bonus symbols on the same spin and you’ll trigger the Free Games feature. Here you can look forward to 10 free spins. These aren’t just ordinary free spins either – each winning free spin triggers the Napoleon Streak feature where free respins continue as long as a new matching symbol or wild join the winning cluster. The wild multipliers are in play here too and again boosting payouts by up to 16x. You can also retrigger the feature giving you 20 free spins in total.

Many of Blueprint Gaming’s slots are overloaded with features – they’ve kept things pretty simple here. There’s still more than enough to keep things interesting though, especially if you do well in the Free Games feature. The visuals are solid enough and the haunting backing track adds to the atmosphere – no complaints then on the design front.

We liked Napoleon: Rise of an Empire. The simple gameplay and potentially explosive feature are an impressive combination and make this historical epic well worth a closer look. It is highly volatile though so tread carefully – if you like volatile games, I recommend you try Leander Games’ Afterlife Inferno which is as high variance as you can find.