First up on our list of topics for today is that glorious interface. Not only does it run smoothly and with a great level of fluidity, but it looks fantastic as well. NextGen are a leading provider, and so their titles always look good, but usually they have an old school quality – they feel niche. Yet with Glorious Empire they burst into the 21st century with vigour.
Prior to being introduced to the matrix, you’re shown a 3D image of Rome, where the camera than pans through the streets and to the 4×5 grid itself. It’s a subtle feature, but it makes all the difference in establishing this game; it feels like a strong contender rather than a gap filler. Furthermore, the images upon the grid itself are of the highest quality, even the card suits are crisp and bright.
As we’ve become accustomed to with the brand, the symbols that are most beguiling to look at are usually the ones with the most importance; in Glorious Empire it’s the grand design of the architecture. This is the scatter symbol, and so you’re gifted between 7 and 15 extra spins, all on the house in order to save your wallet. That’s great and all that, but we need something more… fortunately, NextGen Gaming have an additional component.
During the round when the spins are active, any wild icons that appear will become sticky and stay in place until the feature is done. Wilds are highly rewarding, offering as much as 250 credits for a five of a kind grouping, so the more you get on your matrix the better. It’s another subtle element of the gameplay, but it works well to create a thrilling experience. Is it thrilling enough to make a punt worth 500 coins, we’re not so sure, but for a starting wager of 0.50 we feel the variance is fair.
Seeing as there’s many Ancient Rome slots out there, it’s not like you’ll struggle to find any to enjoy, however you may struggle to find any of the same calibre to Glorious Empire. We know we did, and so we opted for an alternative that is similar yet very different, especially when it comes to appearance. We bring you Victorious.
It’s from the developers over at NetEnt, and while it’s a modern slot machine, it has a childlike interface filled with cartoony imagery. Although the grid has its own charm, we much prefer the computerised graphics seen in NextGen’s title. However, we start to swing in the favour of Victorious when we see the sheer number of free games you can win: as many as 25.
All the Glory
Glorious Empire is indeed glorious, as it is stunning and easy to play. And while it doesn’t offer too much in terms of variance, the volatility is low enough to experience regular wins. This is further made better by the high RTP of 96.929%, showing that you’re more likely to succeed than fail. If we had but one issue with the game, it’s that it has the potential to offer so much more; features could be interactive and a mini game included. Nonetheless, as it is it’s a solid experience for all players.