Spartacus Call to Arms Slot Review

Quick Facts

Released: April 2017
Software: WMS (Williams Interactive)
Progressive: No
Reels: 5
Paylines: 50
Coin Values: 0.01 up to 2

Historical figures have inspired various industries ever since and the online gaming industry is no exception. You have seen spectacles inspired by him and now you can spin the reels of the WMS slot machine Spartacus Call to Arms and enjoy a thrilling action with one of the braves gladiators who stood up against the Roman Republic and slavery.

It is not the first time Spartacus has served as inspiration to WMS as he was the protagonist of their slot machine Spartacus Gladiator of Rome. Just like the older game which uses the Colossal Reels feature, the latest slot release features an innovative reel set with the main 5×4 grid and two additional reels on both sides of it. The game looks spectacular with polished graphics and smooth animations while a dramatic music score adds more excitement to the gameplay and contributes to the overall atmosphere of the game.

The action on the reels set against the Coliseum columns might seem a bit confusing at first, but if you stay with us, you can get all the needed information on the gameplay and bonus features which will help you win lucrative payouts.

Symbols

Base Game

Playtable

Game Symbols

Spartacus Call to Arms features a total of 10 symbols and all of them are related to the theme of the game which we find great. The top paying symbols are depicted as Spartacus and a female gladiator. Other positions are represented as the stuff each gladiator needs such as masks, shields and swords as well as golden coins.

The game logo stands for Wild which appears on all the reels including the Special Reels. Spartacus Call to Arms Wild replaces all the symbols except for Scatter. Scatter or the Bonus symbol depicted as the lion appears only on the reels 1, 3 and 5 to trigger the free spins feature.

Gameplay

The game uses 5 reels, 4 rows and 2 Special Reels. You can create winning combinations by landing identical symbols on 50 paying lines. Paylines are fixed and you cannot decrease the number of active ones, but the bet is configured to 25 coins. You can choose a coin value between $0.01 and $2 which means that your total bet can be anywhere between $0.25 and $50 per spin.

To set the reels in motion just push the Spin button. It is the only option the game offers as there is no Autoplay or Max Bet button on the control panel.

Bonus Features

As soon as you launch the game you will notice two additional reels on both sides of the main reel set. Each of them is a home to 4 symbols which change on every spin. All symbols except for Scatter Bonus appear on the Special Reels. If Wild appears on the Special Reels it will move to a random position on the main reels while other symbols appearing on these reels award multipliers whenever two or more symbols of a kind appear. If you land 2 matching symbols on the Special Reels you will get a 2x multiplier, 3 matching symbols award a 3x multiplier, 4 symbols of a kind award a 5x multiplier, while landing 5, 6, 7 or 8 matching symbols on the Special Reels results in a 10x, 30x, 50x and 100x multiplier. The multipliers will affect payouts only when matching symbols are included in winning combinations created on the main reel set.

Land 3 Scatter Bonus symbols simultaneously on the reels 1, 3 and 5 and you will win a payout of 2x your total bet and 10 free spins. During free games the number of Wilds increases which will boost your winning chances.

The Special Reels are effective during the free spins feature as well and you can get multipliers ranging between 4x and 1,000x. All the rules from the base game apply to free games, but multipliers are higher. Landing Scatters on the reels 1, 3 and 5 gets you extra 10 free spins.

Payouts

The WMS video slot Spartacus Call to Arms comes with a RTP of 96.5% and it is a game of high variance. The top paying symbol is Spartacus awarding 80 coins for a five of a kind combination landed on one of 50 paylines. The female gladiator symbols pays 75 coins for the same combination while other symbols award between 40 and 30 coins when five matching symbols appear on a winning line.

Verdict

WMS tends to implement innovations in each slot release and the Special Reels feature is one of them. To tell the truth, Spartacus Call to Arms will not be worth your time if there were not the Special Reels as payouts are quite low. In addition to the Special Reels thanks to which your payouts can be increased by up to 1,000x, the game also boasts exquisite visuals and sounds and if you are a history fan, you will be taken away to the ancient times when brave slaves had to combat for their freedom.