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1 Reels 5
2. Paylines 25
3. Progressive Yes
4. Maximum coins 250
5. Jackpot 600000
6. Maximum jackpot in coins 30000
7. Multiplier Yes
8. Scatter symbol Yes
9. Free Spins Yes
10. Betting range from $0.01 up to $5000
11. Coin Bet Range from $0.01 up to $20
12. Coins per line 10
13. Bonus Game No
14. Wild symbol Yes
15. Payout percent 96.05

If you look at the history of the online slot industry, you'll see that there have been certain types of themes and concepts for games that have been used repeatedly. The Roman Empire slot is another game that uses, well, the Roman empire, as its theme. To pull off a slot with a concept that has been used so many times requires that a certain level of finesse is used to make sure it stands out without playing into too many of the stereotypes that have developed around that particular theme of game. Unfortunately, the Roman Empire slot by Habanero Systems doesn't quite seem to pull this off.

Format and Layout

In this slot, you'll see that there are 25 paylines with five reels and three rows. Coins range from $0.01 to $20 apiece, and you can bet up to 10 coins per payline. The minimum bet is $0.25 on a single spin, and that can go up to some pretty huge levels, so every player at every reasonable (and plenty of unreasonable) levels of stakes will have a bet size that suits them. There's also an auto play game mode with lots of options for how to set up the game to play by itself while you use your hands away from the computer and you watch the game unfold.

Top Game Payouts and Wilds

Caesar on a gold coin is the wild symbol. We wish they would have picked anything else because that's been used in so many other Roman-themed games. A large prize of 2,000x is available for five wilds, and you can get paid for as few as two of them. What's also interesting is that regular winning combinations are hit with a 2x multiplier when at least one of these wild Caesar coins is in it, something else that's also been used in other Roman-themed games.

So far, they're already off to a poor start when it comes to separating themselves from the crowd of games with the same theme.

Cleopatra is the highest-paying regular symbol, and she pays 1,500x for five of a kind with 3,000x for five with a wild multiplier, and that's the largest regular win in the game. Five of the hoplite-like helmet pays 1,000x (or 2,000x with a wild), and you can also get 750x for five of the shield (1,500x with a wild). It's interesting to note that there is a typo in the pay table that lists five shields with a wild as 1,300x. Finally, five of the fruit bowl gets you 500x, which doubles to 1,000x with a wild.

Lower Pays

As if Habanero hadn't been generic enough with this game, the lower pays use the A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9 symbols. Five of the A or K gets 250x for five of a kind, and it's 500x with a wild. Again, there's a typo in the pay table that lists this doubled win as 300x. Someone in their team needs to start double-checking their math. This is followed by 100x for five of the Q or J (200x with a wild) and 50x for five of the 10 or 9 (100x with a wild).

These lower-tier payouts aren't bad at all, especially considering that the wilds can double your wins.

Scatters and Free Spins

The colosseum is scattered (sounds familiar) and pays 100 times your total bet for five of a kind. Three or more gets a set of 13 free spins with a 2x multiplier on all wins. Each colosseum will give you an extra free spin during this feature, and they do not pay normal scatter pays during the free spins as a result.

Progressive Jackpot

There is a minor progressive jackpot listed at the top of the reels. You can win this on any random spin, and no particular winning combination is required. It's a cool way to add an extra payout to the reels, but it makes the game look even more like other Roman-themed slots to the point of being ridiculous.

Our Thoughts

Someone at Habanero Systems apparently thought it would be a good idea to make the most generic Roman-themed slot humanly possible. This game looks a lot like Caesar's Empire from Realtime Gaming on top of a number of other games with the same theme. They get a failing grade for originality, which is a shame since they have put out games with common themes in the past that were much different than anything that had been seen before, like their title Bombs Away.

Overall, this game's graphics are solid, and that's the biggest thing it has over any other game in the same genre. This is unfortunate because it's very rare that we're so disappointed in a title provided by Habanero, but this is something we can't gloss over because the lack of originality is particularly strong here.

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