Rome The Conquerors: Slot Overview
Quickly carving out a niche for themselves is Armenian based studio Peter & Sons. For Rome The Conquerors, the developer has joined up with Oryx Gaming as an exclusive platform partner to help reach a new audience. They’ve proven themselves to be a studio packing plenty of personality, and it shows in their very distinctive games. There is a quality about them which instantly betrays their P&S origins. As before, Rome The Conquerors has a great look, but is it as original when it comes to gameplay/features?
If anything, Peter & Sons are ambitious, which is a trait common to both civilisations represented in Rome The Conquerors – the mighty Romans, and the Germanic tribes. The scene is 410AD, where the Goths under King Alaric are making inroads against the Roman Empire. In August, they sacked Rome much to the consternation of Emperor Honorius, who was actually quite safe in Ravenna. He reportedly calmed down when he found out the bad news referred to the city of Rome, and not his pet fowl, Roma. Who ever said the elites were out of touch with the common folk?
It is this world of antiquity we find ourselves in Rome The Conquerors. Peter & Sons has used a cartoon approach to lighten the mood instead of a realistic historical presentation. Its cheerful vibe is typical P&S, which is almost trademarkable by now, and it would be weird if one of their games were otherwise. Next to the 5-reel, 1024 win ways reel set is a bedraggled Roman soldier, looking a little worse for wear. He’s all business though, so don’t expect him to hide in the bushes like the playful chap in Centurion Megaways. More visual cues include marble columns pushed out of alignment from the sacking, but otherwise, it’s not an overly busy scene. Clean, bold cartoon lines and dour characters make up the rest, accompanied by a soundtrack which is okay, but not as memorable as the previous P&S games we've seen.
Fully optimised, Rome The Conquerors runs on any device, allowing players to set bets from 10 p/c to £/€50 per spin. Volatility is down compared to what we’ve seen before from this studio in the past. However, a medium/high math model means it certainly is moody, yet hits come every 4 or 5 spins, or 22.15% of the time in theory. The RTP is completely respectable as well, producing a theoretical return of 96.1%.
Paying all ways means row height is irrelevant when it comes to forming winning combinations. As long as 3 or more identical symbols land adjacently from the first reel, you’re in the money. 10-A tiles make up the low pays while following them are higher value symbols – some character with hair tied back, a Gothic warrior, a Legionnaire, Alaric, and Emperor Honorius. While the game can produce decent payouts, they won’t come from single line wins where five premium symbol combinations are worth 1 to 3.5 times the stake. The Signum symbol is wild, landing on reels 2, 3, or 4 to substitute for any regular pay. Wilds also apply a random multiplier to the win.
Rome The Conquerors: Slot Features
Something else characteristic of a Peter & Sons game is having rounds of free spins and super free spins. We get both in Rome The Conquerors, where each bonus round expands the playing area as well as multiplier wilds during all game phases.
Crossed sword symbols land only on the first and last reels, and 2 in view trigger the free spins game. Players start the round with 5 free spins on a 5x5 sized panel using 3,125 ways to win. Scatters are collected whenever they land, moving players up through tiers when the right number has been accrued - 2, 3 or 4 scatters increase to tier 2, 3 or 4 respectively. The major benefit here is that wild multipliers increase in value the higher the tier, up to x15 max. Moving up a tier also retriggers the feature with 5 extra free spins.
Peter & Sons are strong proponents for progress bars, and Rome The Conquerors has one located below its reels. When free spins have been played 5 times, the progress bar is filled, unlocking super free spins. For this round, the panel expands to 5x6 in size, making use of 7,776 ways to win. Super free spins use the same rules as found in regular free spins.
Rome The Conquerors: Slot Verdict
Peter & Sons continue to glide effortlessly from genre to genre, leaving their individual stamp on each one. There’s no doubt Rome The Conquerors is a highly playable game with a lot to commend. On a less positive note, it was hard to shake the feeling the novelty factor has ever so slightly worn off. Not casting any aspersion, it’s just we’ve kind of come to expect this exact look from Peter & Sons by now. In addition, the gameplay is a little predictable as well, though the progress bar to super free spins is always a bonus, should you make it so far. Still, there’s character, spirit, and what P&S does sets them apart from most other studios, so you can’t knock them for being original or having a personality.
Rome The Conquerors also has potential. The official game sheet mentions max wins of over 20,000x the stake, so it’s pretty safe to say big wins are possible. As a parenthesis though, the most you can win in actual cash before the game cuts off is €400,000.
Add it all up, and you have another well designed, good looking Peter & Sons game with stats to match. Like others we’ve come across, it would be nice to see the studio lift the lid on features - being a bit braver would help them move past ‘up and comer’ status into a heavier weight class. But, you can’t fault what they’ve included with Rome The Conquerors for a hearty dose of Romanised gaming.
Rome The Conquerors is another engaging Peter & Sons product that nevertheless does its best not to rock the boat.