The city of Pompeii will already be extremely familiar to the vast majority of players owing to its immense notoriety. As part of the Ancient Roman Empire, it was a populous area in its own right, but was positioned in extremely close proximity to Mount Vesuvius. When the volcano erupted in 79AD, Pompeii was directly in the way of ash clouds and molten lava and was destroyed, leaving only remnants of a once bustling area. In terms of the slot itself, Aristocrat has chosen to depict the city as it was just prior to the eruption, with the likes of Gold Coins and Emperor Caesar on the reels. Of all of the symbols, Mount Vesuvius itself stands out the most, coming to life and erupting when it forms part of a winning combination.
Gameplay and Prizes
Aristocrat offers so many different versions of their own patented gameplay mechanics that players are literally spoilt for choice when it comes to different methods of lining up symbols. The Pompeii online slot utilises their 243 Ways to Win system which players may already be familiar with from their equally popular Choy Sun Doa slot. In practice, players always stand a chance of winning whenever three or more matching symbols appear across the reels, whether or not they happen to be positioned adjacently. Rather than choosing win lines, players instead place five coins on each reel, with a choice of between three and five reels in total. Naturally, most players opt for the full five, as three reels limits their prizes to whatever three of the most valuable symbol are worth.
Features and Bonuses
Aristocrat is always fond of implementing subtle, theme related touches to the symbols and in the case of Pompeii one such touch is on the Gold Coins. They are inscribed with Veni, Vidi and Vici and can appear on any of the five reels. Three or more Coins bearing any combination of inscriptions are sufficient to offer players access to the free spins round. The more Gold Coins in view on the winning spin, the more free spins are awarded. In practice, this means ten spins for three, fifteen for four and finally twenty free spins for a Gold Coin on each and every reel.
Players will not notice the full significance of Mount Vesuvius on Pompeii until they reach this bonus round, where it really comes into its own as one of the most valuable symbols around. It acts as a multiplier and can appear on both the second and fourth reels during the bonus game, applying a multiplier to all prizes on that spin in the process. First up is a three times multiplier, applied when Mount Vesuvius appears on the second reel. When the same occurs on the fourth reel, players receive a five times multiplier on their prize. Finally, lucky players may well see Mount Vesuvius on both the second and fourth reels. In this case, the multipliers actually affect each other and see the player’s reel based prized multiplied by an impressive fifteen times.
The free spins bonus game on Pompeii is among the most lucrative in the industry, both from Aristocrat and every other manufacturer. Players are more than capable of lining up a jackpot win with the 243 Ways to Win system and then increasing it by a massive fifteen times the original value. You can try it yourself right here on Mr Gamez, where Pompeii and all of our Aristocrat Gaming slots are absolutely free to play without so much as a registration required.