Champions of Rome is 5 reel, 20 payline slot from Yggdrasil Gaming that can be played from 20p to £100 per spin on all devices including iOS and Android. With an ancient Roman theme involving gladiators, it comes with lots of bonus features including the Gladiator feature where the 3 gladiators add 4 wilds to the reels. This also applies in the Free Spins feature where you choose from 2 modes – the Deathmatch Mode allows you to pick a multiplier up to 4x. If you win a certain amount, you will keep your winnings plus the multiplier.
Visually, Champions of Rome takes you a colosseum where the mightiest gladiators prepare for the ultimate battle. Symbols include 4 different coins as well as various animals (eagle, bull and lion). You’ll also see 3 gladiators – the red gladiator is the most rewarding giving you 2, 6 or 60 times your stake for 3, 4 or 5 on a payline. There’s also a wild which substitutes for all regular symbols.
Onto the bonus features – firstly there’s the Gladiator feature which is triggered by landing 2 free spin symbols on the reels. 1 of the 3 following weapons are thrown at the reels giving you 4 wilds:
- Swords – the sword gives you a 2×1 and 1×2 wild on the reels (red gladiator)
- Mace – the mace gives you a 2×2 wild on the reels (green gladiator)
- Trident – the trident awards 4 random wilds (blue gladiator)
If you get 3 or more free spin symbols, you will trigger the Free Spins feature – 3, 3 or 5 free spin symbols will give you 1, 15 or 600 times your stake. If you want to enter the Free Spins feature automatically, you can use the Buy Bonus feature which will cost you 50 times your total stake.
Once in, you get to choose your mode – a random Gladiator symbol is chosen to replace all high value symbols with their weapon used once on each free spin to give you 4 wilds (as described above in the Gladiator feature). In the free spins, keep an eye out for the Beast symbol – every one of these will give you 1 extra free spin.
Anyway, the Training Mode gives you 8 free spins where the reels spin automatically until you run out of free spins. If you opt for the Deathmatch Mode, you have 3 different modes within it. You pick from 7 free spins with a 2x multiplier, 6 free spins with a 3x multiplier or 5 free spins with a 4x multiplier.
Now, you need to win at least 450 coins, or 22.5 times your total stake to keep your winnings – if you don’t, you will walk away with nothing. In theory, it should be easier as you have multipliers up to 4x. The Training Mode guarantees you your winnings no matter what. If you don’t win 22.5 times your stake, you will be given a consolation prize – you’ll get 5 Training Mode free spins or a cash prize between 2 and 10 times your total stake.
Champions of Rome is all about the Free Spins feature really as the Gladiator feature applies here to give you 4 wilds on each free spin. I would opt for the Deathmatch Mode as the potential 4x multiplier is tempting. You can get pretty big wins from all 3 gladiators which is good.
The biggest possible payout comes from filling the reels with the red gladiator as this will reward you with 1,200 times your stake. If you do this in the Free Spins feature with the potential 4x multiplier, this can lead to payouts of 4,800 times your stake from every free spin. You can also win 600 times your stake for 5 free spin symbols. Champions of Rome is a medium to high variance title so you need to be patient.
Overall, Champions of Rome is a good slot once again from Yggdrasil Gaming. All that’s left for you to do is to pick your champion and let the fighting commence! If you like the theme, Playtech’s Gladiator Road to Rome is based on the iconic Gladiator movie by Ridley Scott – it comes with free spins including multipliers, wild nudges, added wilds, expanding symbols and scatter pays. There’s also a progressive jackpot.