Pompeii – A straightforward slot machine themed on the Roman city of Pompeii. Despite being well-designed, Pompeii’s return on investment (RTI) is neither high enough, nor is the game entertaining enough, to overcome our numerous misgivings about the design and creators.
Pompeii RTP 95.45%
|Slot function||Slot description|
|Slot date created:||2012|
|Features:||Free spins, Autoplay|
|Pompeii themes:||Medieval, 5-Reels|
Pompeii: A Retrospective
Theme and plot of the story
Theme and plot of the story“You could hear the shrieks of women, the wailing of infants, and the shouting of men; some were calling their parents, others their children or their wives, trying to recognize them by their voices.” – Pliny the Younger, describing refugees from the eruption of Vesuvius.
Around early November in the year 79 CE, the town of Pompeii was buried in volcanic ash from the fires of Mount Vesuvius. The incident happened so quickly that individuals were entombed practically where they were standing when it occurred. Their remains were trapped in ash, and their city was maintained in almost pristine condition for the next 1700 years after that.
Pompeii is a video slot that transports you back to the city that stood shortly before Mount Vesuvius erupted in eruption. The Aristocrat game has Roman letters, Latin inscriptions, and a background of lava and smoke, among other things.
Graphics, sounds, and animations are all included.
The visuals are decent. Despite the fact that they are neither spectacular or visually appealing, the animations are smooth and the visuals sharp and clear.
There is a lack of mood in the artwork, and the Ace to Nine symbols are so numerous that they nearly completely overshadow the Roman theme with their dusty, dull, mundane appearance.
Aside from that, the sound is fairly simple, with no music and just a bizarre voice sample that proclaims one word of Caesar’s famous quotation: “Venita, Vidita, Vicita” everytime a coin symbol is touched.
Above all, the design is unobtrusive, although it is far less interesting and engaging than many of the more recent video slots available.
As you would expect from a 5-reel slot that makes use of the 243 ways to win concept, gaming is straightforward. This system means that rather than hitting specific pay lines you simply need to hit a symbol in adjacent reels starting from the left.
With the exception of the ability to bet, there isn’t much diversity in the gameplay — there’s seldom even an intriguing animation to break things up to keep things interesting. The gamble game is a straightforward red or black game in which the player must correctly predict the color of the next card drawn from a virtual deck.
Wilds, bonuses, and free spins are all included in this game.
It should be noted that the coin symbol described previously serves as the trigger for the free spin bonus rounds as well.
Hit three, four or five of these Bonus symbols and you are rewarded an absolute amount: 125, 500 or 1250 coins or “credits” appropriately. You also earn 10, 15 or 20 free spins, with the chance of retriggering the spins if you strike the Bonus symbols again.
There is also a multiplier bonus if you manage to achieve a winning combination while employing the Wild symbol (with a picture of the erupting volcano on it). If you hit it on reel two you treble your win, on reel four the win is multiplied by 5. If you hit both, the multipliers will stack, resulting in a 15x multiplier.
Bet sizes, return on investment (RTI), and variance
When calculating rewards, the minimum stake is 25 “credits” (which are comparable to coins on most other slots), which are confusingly regarded as if they were a single wager per line when computing the maximum payout.
You may place bets in increments of 25, 50, 75, or 100 “credits.” Therefore, the most common method of determining bet size is by determining the value per “credit.” The most money that could be wagered on the site we tested was £/$/€150.
With these bets, the return on investment (RTI) is just 95.45 percent, with the majority of that return coming when, or rather if, you get a bonus. The volatility in this game is rather significant, and the rewards are few and far between as a result.
While there are many additional issues with the program that do not fit into the rest of this review, they do have an affect on the overall experience.
For example, the Help Menu is plagued with spelling problems in a manner that makes one wonder about the business practices of the firm that developed the app in question. Furthermore, because of the way “credits” is employed as a multiplier, it might be difficult to determine precisely how your winnings correspond to your initial wager.
However, apart from these flaws, Pompeii’s most significant flaw is a lack of creativity. That, as well as the ash cloud.