A new slot coming out later this month is set to take players on a trip back in time with merely a spin of its 5 reels. Arena of Gold offers you the chance to experience the unbelievable atmosphere of Rome’s Flavian Amphitheatre, better known as the Colosseum, in all its glory.
The new game is the creation of All41 Studios, the Microgaming creative partner which is also responsible for other top pokies such as Magic of Sahara and Lock-A-Luck. We know the studio can get graphics and special features right, so Arena of Gold should be worth the admittedly short wait. The online slot will go live at All Jackpots Casino later this month.
An Iconic Setting
Built during the first century AD to seat between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, the Colosseum was the largest amphitheatre at the time. The average size of the audiences that would marvel at gladiatorial fights, executions by wild animals, battle re-enactments, and religious dramas was around 65,000.
Although damaged in places, the building that inspired Arena of Gold still stands, and it arguably is the most enduring icon of the Eternal City. The new slot envisions the Colosseum as it may have appeared to enthralled spectators, hardened gladiators, and emperors who were treated like gods. It is not just about the setting, of course. The game, which has 25 fixed paylines, also includes special features such as Golden Re-Spins™ and Free Spins with merged reels.
On The Reels
The Arena of Gold reels feature an interesting cast of characters. The higher-paying symbols include 4 gladiators, each of whom has a background and garments of a different colour. The most valuable of them is the red gladiator who can pay out 40.00 when 5 land on a line. The rest in order of descending value are the blue, green, and orange gladiators.
The lower-paying symbols are A, K, Q, and J playing cards in colours that match the fighting men, namely red, blue, green, and orange. There also are 3 special symbols including the emperor Wild, the Colosseum Scatter, and a gold coin Bonus icon.
The Wild can replace all symbols except the Scatter and Bonus, and it can form winning combinations of its own. Like the top-paying gladiator, it pays out as much as 40.00 for 5 on a line. The Scatter appears on reels 1, 3, and 5. You would need to land 3 Scatters to win a payout that is multiplied by the total bet. Landing 3 Scatters also activates the new online slot’s Free Spins round.
Superb Special Features
When 3 Scatters land on the Arena of Gold reels, they not only pay out, they also award 5 Free Spins. When the round begins, the middle 3 reels will merge to form one large reel on which big symbols land.
One big version of a regular symbol counts as 9 normal-sized icons, while 1 big Scatter counts as 1 Scatter. If 3 Scatters land during the round, they award 3 more Free Spins.
The main feature in Arena of Gold is Golden Re-Spins, which are triggered by landing at least 6 gold coin symbols. Each coin features a Multiplier, the lowest of which is 1x, and the highest is 100x. When the feature triggers, you get 3 Re-Spins on reels that feature only coin symbols or blank spaces.
You get another 3 Re-Spins every time a gold coin lands during the feature, and you land a gold coin in every position, you win the Maxi Jackpot. The base game will resume if 3 consecutive spins do not land any gold coins.
Additional Game Information
The forthcoming Arena of Gold online slot allows you to choose from different coin values, which offers you some flexibility when it comes to the size of your bets. Remember, the game has fixed paylines, so you cannot adjust the number in play at any time. The coin values start at 0.01, and climb to 1.00, which makes for 0.10 minimum bets and 50.00 maximum bets per spin.
According to the game provider, the medium volatility slot has a Return to Play rate (RTP) of 96.20%. Pre-launch testing put the theoretical hit rate at 28.28%.
You can play Arena of Gold at All Jackpots Casino from 21 April 2020 and see what’s in store when you step back in time!