Free Spartacus Megaways slot
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Spartacus Megaways slot by WMS brings us something a little different as have their relatively few Megaways releases thus far. Battleship Direct Hit Megaways had a niche following, Montezuma Megaways slot was not at all well received and finally the game generally considered to be the best of WMS' Megaways, Beetlejuice. Here we have a Roman palace making the dark red background, Gladiator-style classical music as the soundtrack with the requisite symbols this theme demands. So will the sword of Spartacus be slashing through our bankroll here or can we somehow match this legendary warrior in battle?
On the Reels...
You get a scrolling row of 4 symbols under the 6 reels on Spartacus Megaways slot but not the amount of ways you may be used to. Yes, the 324-ways is the minimum here, but the outer reels can display up to 10 symbols, the 4 middle reels 9. This means you can have up to 1 million ways in a spin! There are curtains covering the top positions of some or all reels on a random basis each spin, with each winning tumble raising one of the curtains by 1 row to reveal another symbol.
Symbols are stacked and single with winning tiles replaced from above, Colosseum scatters appear on all reels and Gladiator Wilds singly or sometimes stacked only on the middle 4 main reels. The 6-of-a-kind pays are 25x bet game logo, 7.5x Warrior, Tiger 4x, Helmet, Shield or Axes 2x with six card values paying 1.4 down to 0.6x for a full way. No random modifiers, so on to the feature.
Upon seeing 4 or more scatters you get a wheel which on the top row has different patterns of curtains, one of which will be chosen for every free spin and unlike in the base game, you cannot reveal more rows with wins. The lower half of the reels awards 6 to 16 spins in increments of 2 and if you get 3 scatters in the bonus, you retrigger the same amount again. Your get an increasing multiplier for each winning action and the final enhancement is your Wilds expand too, even pushing back the curtain on the reel they land on. It's possible for one of the patterns on the initial wheel to have no curtains at all, which is the one you want. There is good potential here if you can get 8 or more spins, especially if you retrigger them.
WMS slots have been mundane to mediocre in the last few years with low potential tedium being the mainstay of their output aside from Megaways games. Here we have a mechanic that works, is fun to watch and has a good base game as well as nice 96.32% RTP. So this is their best for a while and it's refreshing not to have something, or several things, to dislike about it. The bonus isn't easy to get but pays well usually and is quite exciting, with potential for well over 10,000x considering the large stakes of top symbols which can appear and the easy to obtain wins for higher multipliers. Good sounds, animations and graphics cap off a legendary effort here from WMS...