Shield of Sparta Slots
A beautiful and windy plateau in the Peloponnesian Sea would spear into the rough waters of the Ionian Sea. A wisesayer would then put his hand on the shoulder of a warrior and tell him about the great battles that will be fought in the lands that he will conquer.
Since there are so many Ancient Greek slots available on the market, it's not surprising that a warrior would have been a bit confused by the last prediction. This one from Pragmatic Play comes with the name of the Shield of Sparta.
Gameplay & Design
The game features a base game that takes place in a rugged coastal location, while the bonus round takes place in a battle scene. Although the theme of this game is fairly familiar to players, Pragmatic Play doesn't seem to have a lot of ideas about how to approach this area. There are plenty of warriors, ships, and other related objects, but the stock look of the game is not very inspirational.
The Shield of Sparta is a volatile slot that can easily go wild, as it does not allow users to hold back its bonus round. During our testing, it was very frequent that free spins were awarded, and there are three RTP values available. You can check the paytable to see if you have the standard 96.5% or the 95.5% version, and any device that you're using can be used to play it. Bets ranging from 30 p/c to £/100 are available per spin.
The game features a 5-reel, 3-row grid with 20 pay lines, and it's framed by an Ancient Greek theme. The first four symbols on the table represent J-A card ranks, and these pay 5x for five-of-a kind. The other symbols on the screen include ships, warriors, catapults, and chariots. The warrior wild symbol substitutes for all except the bonus symbol. The close-up of the warrior's head is also featured on all of the reels.
There are two types of bonus symbols in the Shield of Sparta: a magnetic and a regular one. When two or more of these symbols appear on the same line, they lock in place, and the rest of the symbols will re-spin once. Free spins can be awarded if three or more of these symbols land on the same line.
The number of free spins that you can receive after landing three, four, or five bonus symbols is determined by the number of them on the screen. The highlighted locations where these symbols landed are featured in the free spins round, and they can be upgraded to a maximum of three levels.
Those positions that have been marked with a magnetic symbol are now known as magnetic positions. Whenever a bonus symbol lands on the same line, it will move in that direction and convert to a magnetic symbol.
The symbols on the screen display random multiplier values depending on their position in the free spins round. Level 1 through 5 correspond to the number of coins, while Level 3 and above correspond to the number of credits. The multiplier applied to the total win of the round is computed by adding the value of the awarded free spins to the total. While the feature is active, the number of free spins that you can receive after landing three, four, or five bonus symbols is determined by the number of them on the screen.
Not being an Ancient Greek scholar, we were a bit puzzled by the inclusion of a catapult symbol in the game. It's possible that it was because King Leonidas and his team didn't use siege weapons in the movie "300." After a bit of research, it's clear that catapults were used during the fourth century BC in Greece. They were also used in other countries such as India, China, and Judah. This means that they're a great fit for the Shield of Sparta's theme of warfare.