Join a slave rebellion and try and make off with boatloads of gold in Spartacus Call to Arms, a Roman-themed video slot from WMS Gaming. Joining the main 5 reel, 50 payline reels are 2 extra columns that award prizes of up to 500x when you land matching symbols. Also on offer is a free spins feature with multipliers up to 1,000x! Set sail from 25p per spin on all devices.

When first firing up this game, you’ll notice that the game engine is a little unusual. There’s a standard 5 reel, 4 row main machine which sits within a wooden Roman gallery. Perched alongside are a pair of columns – both of these contain a quartet of symbol spaces.

The symbols on show (on the main reels and columns) have a strong Roman-era feel – look out for low value gold coins, swords and shields which pay up to 10 coins. Next come the bronze, silver and gold masks which pay up to 30, 40 or 50 coins respectively. The woman pays up to 70 coins, followed by the man. Land 5 of him on a payline and you’ll pocket 100 coins. The standard symbols are joined by a wild that substitutes for everything bar the scatter.

The symbols on the main set spin normally – on each spin, a fresh set of symbols appears on the 2 columns. Land 2 or more matching symbols on the columns (and that symbols forms part of a payline on the main set) and you’ll win a prize. Any wilds on the columns are transferred to the main reels. The more matching symbols on the columns the bigger the prize:

  • Match 2 = 2x multiplier
  • Match 3 = 3x multiplier
  • Match 4 = 5x multiplier
  • Match 5 = 10x multiplier
  • Match 6 = 30x multiplier
  • Match 7 = 50x multiplier
  • Match 8 = 500x multiplier

Land the scatter symbol on reels 1, 3 and 5 on the same spin and you’ll trigger the Free Spin Bonus feature and with it, 10 free spins with added wilds. Prizes for matching symbols on the special columns are on offer too – the amounts are doubled though:

  • Match 2 = 4x multiplier
  • Match 3 = 6x multiplier
  • Match 4 = 10x multiplier
  • Match 5 = 20x multiplier
  • Match 6 = 60x multiplier
  • Match 7 = 100x multiplier
  • Match 8 = 1,000x multiplier

Another round of free spins is awarded if you manage to land the scatters on the odd numbered reels during the feature which will take your total to 20 overall.

Many a video slot developer has taken to the ancient world in search of inspiration – WMS Gaming has created something fresh here with the matching column payouts, adding another layer of interest to the base game.

The Free Spins Bonus feature is solid enough too, especially given the doubled payouts when you manage to find matching symbols.  We have no complaints about the visuals here and the gameplay offers something new. If you enjoy games based in ancient Rome, then Spartacus Call to Arms is well worth a look.

I recommend you try Spartacus Gladiator of Rome (also by WMS) which has the same theme and a completely different game engine. If you like the ancient world, Lady of Egypt is highly recommended.