It appears that Barcrest frequently complicates matters unnecessarily. We were about to move on to the next book since Soldier of Rome looked like such a hot mess. The salary scale didn’t inspire us to work any harder, but here we are…
Soldier of Rome is a 7-reel, 50-payline slot game with a maximum of 100 possible wagers per spin. There are a total of 9 reels in play: 4 Money Burst Reels with 1 row each, and 3 Mighty Reels with 5 fixed rows and 5 unlockable rows. It’s played on all platforms between €1 to €500 and comes with a Big Bet feature allowing for €20, €30, and €50 bets. It’s all constructed on top of a peculiar gaming engine that requires a few practice rounds and a read through of the manual to grasp.
The game’s Roman warrior motif is very evident from the flaming reel (which is amazing) and the dopey-looking Roman soldier off to the left. If you’ve ever played Bruce Lee or Zeus, you’ll immediately recognize the sound of the reels spinning.
There are two different paytables included with Soldier of Rome, one for regular play and one for high rollers. In the case of large wagers, however, all payouts are doubled. Regular playing card icons stand in for lower payouts, while chariots, money, eagles, Caesar, and a Roman woman who multiplies your bet by 5x when she appears in a winning combination are all premium symbols.
If a Wild appears in view during the main game, it will expand to cover the whole reel. Wild symbols can appear partially hidden from view during Free Spins and Big Bet games, expanding to cover the entire reel upon landing.
Roman Soldier – Characteristics
If you get 4 matching symbols on the Money Burst Reels, you’ll trigger the Lightning Spins bonus round. During Lightning Spins, the Mighty Reels will be flooded with additional symbols that correspond to the four symbols on the Money Burst Reels.
During this extra round, the Mighty Reels will constantly be spinning.
The Lightning Spins will play without any input from you.
Big Bet lets you wager €20, €30, or €50 on a single game. The following bonuses become available as the stakes are raised:
If you play the max wager of €20 for 5 spins and a wild symbol is partially in view, it will expand to cover the entire reel (and all 100 paylines).
Five €30 big bet spins with no jokers, scatters, or stacked wilds.
5 rounds of €50 large bet play with all 20 & 30 big bet perks, plus 100 permanently active paylines on Mighty Reels.
The free spins feature is activated by three scatter symbols, which awards 10 free spins initially and an additional 5 free spins for each additional scatter (up to a maximum of 25 free spins). With 3 or more scatters, you can initiate a new round of free spins. Free Spins include Mighty Reels that may be activated by landing a Wild that is just partially hidden.
The End of Soldier of Rome
Soldier of Rome is Scientific Games’ latest depressing video game. With minimal payouts and a design flaw where wild symbols grow even if they don’t contribute to a win (what’s the point? ), this slot machine is not recommended. It has mediocre gameplay, but what really gets at you is how ugly it is. Is there anything further to be said? We don’t know what to say.
When playing with a bet of less than €2, the RTP drops to a dismal 93.7%. The RTP of 95.8% isn’t fantastic, even when the entire bet is more than €2. With a return to player percentage of 97.8%, it’s clear that the Big Bet Game is all about placing large wagers.