Roman Power: Overview
Spin Play Games is another young independent development studio that has been hoovered up by giant company Microgaming and added to the lineup of partnering studios. Based in the spiritual homeland of gambling, Las Vegas, Spin Play Games positions themselves as ‘A Math First Studio’.
Indeed, their website mentions the word ‘math’ a lot which the company clearly pride themselves on. The company formed in early 2019 and currently have a few slots in the pipeline, the first being Roman Power. With such a heavy emphasis on the math driven approach, it undoubtedly set some high expectations.
To dress up the math model and make it presentable, Spin Play Games has set the 5-reel, 3-row grid in a Roman colonnaded structure with a look that isn’t 100 miles away from Nero’s Fortune by Quickspin. It’s not quite so dark and brooding though as the team has gone for a yellowy-brown hue rather than the red flames of Rome. In looks, Roman Power is more Caesars Palace than the genuine Italian article. It’s functional without being outstanding. What helps is the in-theme soundtrack which adds to the atmosphere.
Playable from 20 p/c up to £/€50 per spin, Roman Power keeps things simple with its 20 fixed paylines. As to symbols, there are 11 in total, including 5 low pays and 5 premiums. The low pays consist of 10-A royals done in a quasi SPQR font, while the high pays are crossed swords, bracers, a shield, body armour, and a plumed helmet.
Typical values across the board with 5 low pays worth 2.5x-5x the stake and 5 premiums pulling in 6.25x to 12.5x the stake. The most valuable symbol from the bunch is the Hero Wild which is not only worth 20 times the stake for a line of five, but is also the key to the games features.
Before sizing up the Hero and seeing what he can do, let’s deal with the characteristics of the vaunted math model. Players will have no issues with the RTP which has been recorded at 96.18% and paired with a hit frequency of 15.69%. Grizzled Centurions and hardened players will also enjoy the high volatility, but like the Roman games of yore, it might prove to be a little too rough for some tastes. So far, pretty standard stuff, so it is up to the features to make Roman Power shine.
Roman Power: Features
Well, there isn’t much we are going to have to cover in this section since the features list is a short one. As mentioned, the Hero Wild is the key and its primary role is to substitute for any other symbol in the game. The wild also expands when he appears in a winning combination to cover a full reel, accompanied by a nice slashing animation. Known as the Hero Wilds feature, more than one expanding wild can appear simultaneously.
Building on the Hero Wilds feature is the Power Multipliers features. Every time the Hero Wilds feature comes into play, there is a chance that a Power Multiplier will as well. When activated, a random multiplier of x2, x3, x5, x7, or x10 is revealed. The total win is then multiplied by this revealed number.
Roman Power: Verdict
There you have it. Roman Power is a relatively short but sweet debut slot from Spin Play Games. Having said that, it is unlikely to set the iGaming world on fire any time soon due to its rather limited gameplay. The game doesn’t compete with stalwarts of the genre like Victorious MAX, but fans of Ancient Rome might have their interest’s piqued.
The graphics aren’t bad, nor is the max potential of 4,000 times the stake which is achievable with the help of Hero Wilds, Power Multipliers, and stacked reels working in conjunction. So for straight forward, very straight forward gaming, it could be okay for certain players.
It is lack of features that holds Roman Power back though. Everything rides on the Hero Wild, which does crop up fairly regularly, but that’s basically it. And it is hardly an innovative feature. There are Power Multipliers, of course, but they can be darn shy. At first, it felt like we’d missed something in the rules about them, but no, they just don’t appear very often.
That means for most of the time, Roman Power spins away with the odd expanding Hero Wild tossed into the mix to keep it going. That might sound like paradise for those that like their gaming basic with nothing disrupting the flow. Others will possibly find the lack of extras and repetitive gameplay off-putting.
Perhaps the team played it too cautious and could have tried being a bit more dazzling. Future releases might benefit from shifting some of the attention away from the number crunching to develop the rest of the game which, visually, comes across as somewhat bland. Overall, there are positives, but Roman Power is a debut slot that probably won’t have established developers fearing a new upstart in their ranks unfortunately.