Wealth and Riches
The Roman emperors were famous for their luxurious lifestyles and desire to have the most sumptuous surroundings possible and this has been captured perfectly in this game.
From the moment the title loads on the screen you’ll have the immediate impression of grandeur and wealth. With the haughty Emperor, a buxom beauty and a background of red velvet, you’ll be well prepared to play a game of extreme wealth and riches.
Caligula is played on 5 reels and with just 10 paylines, you won’t have to spend a small fortune to play. The coin value can be set between 0.01 and 0.50 per active payline; this equates to a total minimum bet of 0.10 and a total max bet of 5.00. Even at the highest level this isn’t a game which will attract high rollers because the betting levels are pretty low, and the prizes aren’t life-changing either! However the problem with this is that most low betters enjoy games with low volatility where they can enjoy lots of smaller prizes on a regular basis.
Caligula is a slot which has surprisingly high volatility; in practice sessions the wins were scant and few. And even those wins that did occur were of a pretty low value and not exactly worth the wait.
GameART say that this game includes a bonus round but in reality that’s a slight stretch to the imagination as there’s not really many extra features. The bonus feature is unlocked when at least three scatters are landed on the reels. But this won’t launch a side game, you’ll simply receive some free spins with some extra multipliers thrown in too.
Admittedly, there’s quite an inventive way to receive the multipliers with a random effect combining forces with the centurion symbol. But even this isn’t enough to make it feel like a proper bonus feature. Free spins are a helpful addition to any game and are a great way of playing for prizes without having to spend more credits, but they aren’t really the same as a true bonus feature.
Brave the Romans
The Romans notoriously liked to play to a crowd, whether it was the gladiators in front of the lions or a spectacular play in an auditorium. If you can bear to take centre stage and accept a risk or two, you could be in with a chance of increasing your prize.
The gamble feature is one which is included in many slots and Caligula is no exception. However, unlike many other games, GameART have put some effort into creating a themed backdrop thus making the Gamble still feel like part of the overall game. An atmospheric setting, complete with resplendent Roman architecture and pots sets the scene perfectly for play.
A simple game of chance, you’ll need to have fast fingers to click on the right colour to match the card in the centre. Flickering between red and black, you’ll need to make your choice and hope it corresponds with the central card to win double your money. If you get it wrong, you’ll lose your prize and will be returned to the main reels minus your money. Next time you win on the reels you’ll have another chance to play again – if you want to.
If you win the gamble, you can opt to either collect your prize or gamble again, giving you the possibility of an even larger win. But of course, that means even more risk so the question is: will you dare to play on?
Play Fit for an Emperor
Caligula by GameART is an online video slot which is very impressive graphically, with short bursts of animated sequences that will keep you on your toes during play. However, there is a lack of extra features and with only small bets and high volatility it’s difficult to see who this game is best suited to.