Legacy of Rome: Slot Overview
For players who refuse to believe there is too much of a good thing is Legacy of Rome from developer Stakelogic – another addition to the spiralling out of control’ book of’ genre. It would be easier to forgive an established studio if this were their first grapple with the gaming form, but Stakelogic revisits the genre on a regular basis – to be fair, though, it does make some sense in this case given Stakelogic’s ties to Novomatic. They’ve done books about Cleopatra, adventure, lions, charms – as well as Quattro and Super Stake Editions. They haven’t done Ancient Rome, however, and neither surprisingly have many others. That will be a good enough reason for many to experience some expanding symbol action in one of the greatest empires of all time.
Legacy of Rome is a 5-reel, 3-row slot, providing 10 fixed paylines to land winning combinations across. The gaming takes place in one of the more controversial areas of Ancient Roman life, on the bloody sands of an arena. The closest modern comparison is UFC which is dangerous yet an absolute cakewalk compared to what the Ancient Romans got up to. Back then, there were no referees stepping in to stop fights; contestants either found glory or were torn to pieces by half-starved animals or battered senseless by battle-hardened gladiators. It’s no wonder a lot of the folk did not end up in the arena under their own volition.
In keeping with the ‘book’ tradition, and the spirit of the gladiatorial games, Legacy of Rome is a highly volatile slot that divides its time between base game spinning and a legendary bonus round. The game produces an RTP of 95.6%, which isn’t noticeably low, though it doesn’t compare super favourably to many others in this category either. Playable on any device, Legacy of Rome allows players to set stakes of 10 p/c to £/€40 per spin, which should be plenty for most players, but the highest rollers may have to look elsewhere to meet their needs.
Normal wins occur in Legacy of Rome when identical symbols line up from left to right, starting from the first reel. The game keeps it simple – there are no cascades or fancy modifiers. It boils down to hitting line wins, and hopefully, free spins. Nine symbols make up the regular pay symbols; 6 are oddly Egyptian looking card icons 10-A, then come four Roman warriors, one a gladiator. Five of a kind is what you want, triggering payouts of 60 to 500 times the stake amongst the character high pays. At least three are required for a low pay win, two for the high pays.
Legacy of Rome: Slot Features
Legacy of Rome adheres to the ‘book’ script in almost every other regard, and features are no exception. It all kicks off once free spins are triggered, where expanding symbols get their chance to work some magic.
Instead of a book as the wild/scatter, Legacy of Rome uses a spread-eagled Aquila. For the Ancient Romans, the eagle represented attributes like courage or immortality and was adopted by the army around 107 BC. The Aquila in Legacy of Rome is quite powerful, too, as it substitutes for all regular pay symbols, and 3, 4, or 5 in view award 10 free spins plus a payout of 10, 100, or 500 times the stake.
When free spins are triggered, one of the symbols on the reels is randomly chosen to become an expanding symbol. If these chosen symbols can create a win, they expand to cover all positions on their respective reel. In this state, they pay on all lines, from any position, so they do not need to be adjacent to each other or sit in certain reels.
If 3 or more scatter symbols land during the feature, +10 additional free spins are awarded. In a slight, though not unique break from the norm, when retriggers occur, another pay symbol is randomly chosen to be an expander. It is technically possible for all 9 pay symbols to end up as expanders if enough retriggers occur.
Legacy of Rome: Slot Verdict
Stakelogic might have switched ancient civilisations, but everything else in Legacy of Rome is stock stuff. It’s actually kind of hard to have a strong opinion either way about Legacy of Rome because it’s all so utterly ordinary. The highest compliment in these ‘book’ imitator situations is at least Stakelogic hasn’t mucked anything up. The symbol values are decent, the game looks quite good, and it runs like a charm.
For a dependable ‘book’ style game, Legacy of Rome is as good as dozens of others out there and better than some – similar games that come to mind are Book of Ra Magic, Magic Mirror Deluxe II, and Rise of Merlin. It doesn’t excel in any area or offer novelty, nor do anything remotely provocative. Legacy of Rome ends up being like the Switzerland of gaming it’s so neutral. The one exception is the way multiple symbols can become expanding special symbols, though this isn’t a new development, having shown up in several ‘book of’ games by now. The most desirable outcome of Legacy of Rome is the same as any other – expand the top paying symbol across all five reels to hit a 5,000 times the stake win off a single spin.
If you feel like swapping desert sands for arena sands, then Legacy of Rome won’t disappoint. It doesn’t do anything unique or remotely innovative either, though, so you aren’t missing much if the Ancient Roman theme doesn’t peel your banana.
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Legacy of Rome offers adequate, unadventurous ‘book of’ style gaming – no more, no less.
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