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Introducing Spartan King Slot
Spartan King is the latest slot from the gaming team at Pragmatic Play Developer that gives players a true taste of history. The slot is based upon Leonidas and his legendary 300 followers. Although the slot itself does not state this it is obvious as one of the first things that would spring to mind are the movie/graphic novel 300 in the same way as the iconic slot 300 shields from the developers at NextGen and their follow up 300 shields extreme. At first glance it would be fair to say that the two games appear to share similarities. However, as soon as you set your reels spinning the two games drift apart. So, if you are ready to play this historical slot keep reading.
Theme and Design
When it comes to theme and design, once the home screen has loaded you will be greeted by the sunny shores of the Peloponnesus. There is a crazy looking warrior that is yelling from beneath his plumed helmet, presumably the Spartan King himself. Right from the beginning you will be aware of the battling hard man image that Pragmatic Play have gone for.
This is a pretty scene that will have you wondering why the Spartan’s were always in training for war, rather than sitting around enjoying the spoils of their victory. This is a good thing though as they would not have been able to do a great deal about the 100,000 invaders at Thermopylae purely using their power of positive thinking. It was their muscle and passion that put a stop to the advancing Persians, and the developers have captured the essence of this perfectly within the cinematic soundtrack.
Game Play & Statistics
The 5x4 grid with 40 pay lines and is set against a purple background complete with the waves of the Mediterranean Sea, lush green fields, waterfalls, and mountains. You can play the Spartan King using any device which is perfect particularly if you want to play on the go. When it comes to placing your bet, this starts from a minimum of 20p per spin to a maximum of £100 per spin and with such a good bet range this slot will appeal to players new and old.
When it comes to volatility the developers have labelled this slot as having a high math model with a rating of 5/5. I was surprised when I was testing this slot that the free spins were regularly activated however the actual prizes were mediocre. I was also surprised by the return to player which is also good giving a rate of 96.6% which is most agreeable, however it could be a struggle to find the slot offering this in certain markets. On paper the slot offers win potential that rounds off a set of solid figures although these are not much of a match for the gameplay.
Spartan King has a total of 8 pay symbols which all match and suit the subject matter perfectly. They start with the usual low value playing card royals Jack through to Ace however these are not in the Greek font that you may expect from this type of slot, instead these are trimmed with gold which makes for some good-looking symbols. The final four symbols are made up of the premium symbols and include swords, helms, ships, and a warrior which is in the middle of hacking something with his sword. If you land five of any of the premium symbols on a line, you will land wins of 4x to 7.5x your stake. The Spartan King wild helps to create wins as it can substitute for any of the pay symbols to create winning combinations, and if you land five wilds you will be rewarded with 20x your bet. It is worth remembering that the wild can only land on your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th reels.
The features that are on offer in this slot are like the slots name and Spartan. The feature revolves around a special wild multiplier and is designed as a shield appearing in a 2x2 size that can land anywhere on your reels to substitute for any of the pay symbols and provide you with extra abilities during the free spins.
The free spins feature operates in a similar way to the base game with a single alteration. Here you need to land 3 or more scatters which are represented by the red flag. When you manage this, 3, 4, or 5 in view will reward you with 8, 10, or 12 free spins as well as a win prize of 1x, 5x or 20x the bet, respectively. In the free spins the 2x2 wild shield can land at any time and substitute in the way as it does during the base game. The only difference here is when you land one of more on your game screen the total of any win is then multiplied by a randomly generated amount of 2x, 3x, 5x, x10 or 25x the total win.
For any players that enjoy the Ancient Greece theme this slot has numerous qualities that they will certainly enjoy. The slot is well designed and looks good particularly as it brings a touch of the Mediterranean to the reels which allows players to escape into this world when playing. The theme has also created well and although Spartan is not a new theme as there are various slots that feature him, there is a certain something that the old warrior culture and strikes a nerve particularly as this is a story that has been retold one way or another for the past 2,500 years. This tendency does not look like it will stop any time soon.
Although this is not the most exciting slot you will come across from the developers at Pragmatic Play and the main problem is that the game phases are hard to distinguish from each other and the restriction of a 5x4 grid with 40 pay lines feels dull as it has nothing else to carry it. Despite any issues this is the best Spartan slot that has been produced in a long time.