The Ancient Greek and Roman slot game themes have been a staple of the Las Vegas strip, and gambling games in general for decades. There are entire casino hotel resorts built around the themes, even without considering the games which use this style as their draw. By far one of the most popular games in this genre comes from WMS Slots in the shape of the Spartacus slot, which features the legendary Greek gladiator at work in the Roman Coliseum.
This slot game was one of the first WMS titles to use the Colossal reels mechanic back in 2013 and shares its unusual 5x3 + 5x12 reel layout with a number of other popular WMS games such as the official Kiss slot game, the Lunaris slot and the ever popular Zeus 1000 game, itself an update of WMS’s original classic Greek ‘Zeus’ slot game which many slot veterans will know well.
Visually this is one of WMS Slots most playable titles, the rendering is superb and the audio is an improvement over the archetypical fruit machine slots. The sheer size of the double reel set makes the most of the cabinet screen, there is always something going on to keep you engaged. Purely from an entertainment perspective it’s no great surprise to see these games almost constantly occupied on the casino floor, with a potential hand-pay opportunity at every spin.
It would be fair to say that this desirability extends to the gameplay mechanics also, this is a medium variance slot but the sheer amount of reels produces a choice of up to 100 lines in play, so many that the bets are placed per 2 lines rather than in singles. This gives a bet range of 0.50 to 250.00 credits, just enough to satisfy the high rollers, though with well over 100x your stake being available on the right hit combination, this is a low stakes players dream.
With the colossal stacked symbols, transferring wilds and the scale of this slot, it’s hard to think of other games which come close to the style here from other developers. ITG probably come closest with the single expanded 5x8 reel set of the Wolf Rising slot, though it lacks the panache and polish of Spartacus overall.
Given the current legislation in the US, although the game is available for online play to many countries perhaps the biggest potential market is excluded right now and not likely to change in the immediate future.
US based slots players looking for Greek or Roman themed games for online play would be best taking a look at the relatively new design studio of BetSoft and their Gladiator slot game, or for something less flashy, Rival Gaming’s Cleopatra Coins slot game.
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Spartacus Slot Rating
4.36 / 5
based on 47 player ratings