The mighty warriors of the Peloponnesian War are the stars of Fortunes of Sparta, a superbly designed 5 reel, 20 payline video slot from Blueprint Gaming. This ancient epic comes with a couple of top features too. Look out for stacked wild re-spins with held symbols and a bonus feature that offers up to 100 free spins. Join the battle from between 25p and £25 per spin.

Fortunes of Sparta is one of the best-looking games we’ve come across – set against a fortress backdrop and within a pair of marble columns, the reels include a selection of images relating to ancient Greece. In ascending order of value look out for ornate pottery, swords and shields, helmets and breastplates, a sailing ship, a Spartan woman and warriors in assorted fighting poses.

By far the most lucrative symbol on show is the marble-columned Greek temple which is the game’s wild – as well as substituting for all other symbols apart from the bonus and Spartan Streak symbols, it also offers payouts of 125, 500 or 100,000 coins! Fortunes of Sparta isn’t just a thing of beauty though – there are a couple of hard-hitting features on offer too:

Spartan Streak feature – land the Spartan Streak symbol on the middle of reel 3 to trigger this feature. The symbol will expand into a frozen stacked wild. Any other winning symbols will also be held and a series of re-spins follow. These continue as long as a new symbol is added to the winning cluster. A payout is then made once your winning streak is over or you’ve filled the whole screen with the same symbol.

Free Spins feature – to trigger this, you’ll need to land 3 or more of the bonus symbol anywhere on the reels. Manage that and you’ll get a series of re-spins where further bonus symbols will add to your total of free spins:

  • 3 bonuses = 8 free spins
  • 4 bonuses = 10 free spins
  • 5 bonuses = 12 free spins
  • 6 bonuses = 15 free spins
  • 7 bonuses = 20 free spins
  • 8 or 9 bonuses = 50 free spins
  • 10 or more bonuses = 100 free spins

You can re-trigger more free spins here as well as the Spartan Streak feature, complete with the stacked wild on reel 3.

We really liked Fortunes of Sparta – boasting terrific visuals and a rollicking soundtrack, the design is from the top drawer. The features impress too. The Spartan Streak feature hits on a fairly regular basis but offers plenty of potential. The free spins are harder to come by but land a decent number and some good results are possible. As far as volatility goes, we’d put this in the medium to high range.

There are plenty of video slots that have taken ancient Greece as their inspiration – we haven’t enjoyed many as much as we liked Fortunes of Sparta. This is certainly one epic battle that’s worth undertaking. I also recommend you try NextGen Gaming’s 300 Shields which has a similar theme and as high variance as they come.