Fortunes of Sparta: Overview
This is Sparta! So goes the immortal line from the epic loincloth movie 300 which retold the Spartans’ most famous battle. And so goes the war cry from the anonymous hoplite that kicks off Blueprint Gaming's slot Fortunes of Sparta. It's a far cry from the contemporary handling of their recent Megaways extravaganzas. Instead, Fortunes of Sparta follows in the tradition of Napoleon and Revolution: Patriots Fortune by taking a classic approach to gaming, with a historical theme.
The first slot that sprang to mind oddly, was swords and sandals slot Plataea from WMS, though with a crisper, more modern look. There isn't a whole lot happening visually in Fortunes of Sparta, with no background image other than a stone wall, but the graphics we do get are high quality.
Each ab and striation has been brought to life through the on-screen warriors, as has their accoutrement. The sounds are pretty epic too and give the game some additional oomph. Along with the slashing, slamming effects is a choral piece floating away, adding depth to the proceedings.
Playable across all devices from 25 p/c per spin or as high as £/€125, the gaming area is set between two Greek columns and is made up of 5 reels, 3 rows, crossed by 20 paylines. Players look to land combinations of three or more matching symbols on a payline from the first reel onwards to receive a reward.
Prying open the paytable reveals the symbols we get to defend Sparta with which are 7 regular pay symbols that are all newly crafted for the game. On the low side are jugs, swords and shields to start. These are backed up by three different warrior poses, and one white-clad queen figure.
The warrior holding the stabbing spear is the most valuable from the regular symbols, worth 20 times the stake for a line of five. The wild is the one you want, though. As well as being able to substitute for any symbol bar the scatter, 5 of these profitable symbols are worth an insane 4,000 times the stake.
Another generous figure is Fortune of Sparta's RTP, which at 97.04% is comfortably on the positive side of average. The game has a rather high volatility, and with the way features work, sessions can very much be all or nothing. Testing went through some disheartening patches populated by waves of dead to barely living spins. Then all of a sudden something big would hit, and all would seem right with the world.
Fortunes of Sparta: Features
Features are somewhat, well, Spartan since there aren't too much to get to grips with. Like the Spartans though, they get pretty wild when wound up. It all revolves around the Spartan Streak feature, which comes into play when the Spartan Streak symbol appears on the middle reel and forms a win with any regular symbol in the base game.
When triggered, it expands and transforms into a sticky stacked wild. Moreover, the winning symbols are locked in place while the remaining reels respin - any new matching winning symbols that turn up are held in place. Reels continue to respin until no new winning symbols land or the reels are stacked.
Keep an eye out for the flaming Omega scatter - when 3 of these appear, they trigger the Spartan Spins and become locked in place while the other positions are respun. Reels continue to spin in this manner while new scatters land until no new ones appear or the grid is covered. The resulting 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8-9, or 10+ scatters award 8, 10, 12, 15, 20, 50, or up to 100 Spartan Spins respectively.
On top of the sheer number possible, Spartan Spins come with a couple of tricks concealed up their sleeve making them highly desirable. The first is the middle reel which is turned into the Spartan Streak wild helping increase the hit rate whilst also triggering the Spartan Streaks on every winning spin.
Fortunes of Sparta: Verdict
As it turns out, this game is a re-release of an older title called Legend of Sparta, and for some good old fashioned gaming, Fortunes of Sparta isn't too bad at all. The base game has little more than regular spins going on, but the bonus game can be something else. When it works out, it is definitely worth sitting through all of those drab 'death by a thousand cuts' that occur during the main game. What also helps are the sweet visuals and the excellent sound effects which make waiting around for the bonus game easier to battle through then they might have been.
As with a lot of Blueprint games, the stated maximum win from a single game is £250,000 or 10,000 times the stake, whichever comes first. Full grids of the premium symbol are worth 1,000 times the stake and hitting the high number of free spins can be lucrative indeed. The game is quite volatile though, so no guarantees as usual. Some bonus games went well, others were like running into a Spartan shield wall and getting a dory thrust to the face. Such are the whims of fortune.
Yes, the theme's been done before, as have the features to certain degrees, but the overall product is quite satisfying. For simple gaming with above average looks, generous RTP, and an excellent bonus game, Fortunes of Sparta could be a good fit. In a sense, Fortunes of Sparta is the Napoleon sibling that Revolution: Patriots Fortune failed to be.
Fortunes of Sparta is yet another solid addition to Blueprint’s warriors franchise, if a little familiar.