One of the mightiest warriors of the classical age takes centre stage in Leonidas: King of the Spartans. Powered by Incredible Technologies, this 5 reel, 40 payline slot challenges the King to protect his queen and in the process deliver plenty of winning opportunities.

The imagery in Leonidas: King of the Spartans is superb – set against a rugged mountain backdrop and a blood red sky, it summons up the spirit of an ancient battle. The soundtrack, a combination of live casino style thuds and bangs mixed with choral bursts, is a nice fit too.

Playable across desktop, mobile and tablet devices, look out for the Free Spins Battle feature that comes with added spins, wild reels, multipliers or a 5x credit boost. Draw your sword from between 80p and 50p per spin.

Leonidas: King of the Spartans has a suitably epic feel – the reels are dominated by Spartan regalia including swords, helmets and Leonidas in a trio of battle poses. There’s also a wild that appears on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 and substitutes for everything bar the queen.

There are 2 special winning opportunities available in the base game – when reels 1 and 2 are filled with the Leonidas face symbol, they will transform and draw their shields. The other 3 reels will continue to spin. If the same Leonidas face symbol lands it will join the stack. The total symbols will be combined to award a Group Leonidas Win with the amount determined by the total number of symbols in the formation.

You can also hit a Random Leonidas Win – up to 6 Leonidas symbols can land at random. Once again, the amount awarded will depend on the total number of symbols shown.

When the queen symbol lands on reels 3 and 5, you’ll trigger the Free Spin Battle feature – before the 5 free spins start, you have to spin to determine which added extra will be applied. The options are 3, 4 or 5 extra spins, a locked stacked wild on 1 of reels (2, 3, 4 or 5), a 2x Spartan wild that doubles Spartan wild wins or a 5x credit boost based on your current bet.

The free spins will then play out – after each spin, all of the 3 different Leonidas symbols will be attacked with a shower of arrows. Any symbol that survives the attack will become a frozen wild. The more Spartan symbols on show, the more wilds on offer. It’s possible to turn up to 3 symbols wild on a single spin.

As you’d hope given the feisty source material, there’s plenty of action here, both in the base game and the bonus feature – the Group Leonidas Wins can be very lucrative on the rare occasions they hit. The free spins come with some nice extras too and can deliver if you manage to turn multiple symbols wild.

If you like your slots to come with a hint of adventure, then you’ll want to join Leonidas: King of the Spartans in this epic battle. I found it to be a medium to high variance offering though – for similarly themed offerings, Blueprint Gaming’s Fortunes of Sparta is recommended as to is 300 Shields by NextGen Gaming.