ALL ABOUT NERO’S FORTUNE GOLD SLOT
The history of Ancient Rome has been plundered by slots developers many times over for its epic narratives of grand success populated by heroes and villains. The myths and legends of this time, as well as the dramatic scenery of Colosseums and warfare make it perfect for spinning a good slot story around. From Gladiator to Champions of Rome and Blueprint’s recent mash-up, Wonder of Ages, there are many to choose from. And now Scandinavian slots specialists Quickspin have joined the party with their newest tumble slot, Nero’s Fortune. This slot’s story takes place during the Great Fire of Rome, one of the stand-out events of Nero’s rule. The game has top class graphics, a high volatility rating that will please high risk slots fans but not casual gamers, and a mix of free spins and progressive multipliers that can drive the win potential up higher than 8,000x. Quickspin made a big fuss about the quality of the production in Nero’s Fortune and it’s fair to say they weren’t over playing it. This is a quality game from one of the industry’s best and most consistent game studios.
GAME SET-UP, SYMBOLS AND GRAPHICS
Nero’s Fortune is a Tumble slot, otherwise known as Cluster Pays. Classics of this genre include Aloha! Cluster Pays and Gonzo’s Quest by NetEnt. Quickspin’s own back catalogue contains two of these type of slots – Golden Glyph and Wild Cauldron. Here the reel set is a 5×5 grid built on the backdrop of a grand Roman monument, flanked by statues. In the heat of the Great Fire of Rome the sky is blood red. Dramatic stuff indeed. For each ‘spin’ symbols drop into place on the grid. Wins are created by five or more identical symbols appearing in a cluster. When this happens, those symbols are removed from the reels and new ones drop in to replace them. This cascade mechanic is also prevalent in many Megaways™ slots.
Low value symbols on the reels are represented by cards Jack through to Ace. The premium symbols are animals – wolves, eagles and lions. The highest value symbol is a red ruby, worth 75x for 12 in a cluster. Look out as well for the Wild symbol (‘W’) which subs for all others except for the scatter which is known as the BNS (Bonus Scatter) and is required to unlock the free spins round.
THE IMPORTANT STATS
Like many of their rivals Quickspin have not been afraid to crank up the variance in recent times and that is certainly the case here. Nero’s Fortune is a highly volatile slot that saves most of the win action for the free spins round where accumulations of multipliers and free plays drive the potential up. The RTP here is standard 96.21% and the top potential is 8,100x. You can play this slot from 20p per spin.
GAMEPLAY AND FEATURES
Burning Arrows Feature
This feature only appears in the base game. When a winning cluster of symbols is removed from the grid, randomly a multiplier cross will appear in the space left behind. New symbols drop in to replace those that have been removed. On the following spin if any cluster win reveals a multiplier when the winning symbols are removed, so that multiplier is applied to the wins generated from that spin. When there is more than one multiplier revealed in this instance then the multipliers are combined.
Flames of Nero Feature
This is a free spins feature triggered by 3 or more Bonus Scatters landing simultaneously on one spin. 3 scatters get you 10 spins, 4 gets you 12 and 5 gets you 14 spins. The grid tilts back for this part of the game to add to the drama and before each free spins multipliers are added randomly across the grid. In the same way that multipliers become active in the base game when they are revealed as part of a cluster win, so they are here too. However, in this case the multipliers are progressive and don’t re-set between free spins. This way it’s possible to build up a big multiplier value during the bonus round and drive up the win potential of the game.
Nero’s Fortune is a quality release from Quickspin that mixes great production values with simple but engaging gameplay. It’s not a slot that is packed with features but the action is fast and easy to follow. To get anywhere even close to the top 8,100 x payout you’ll need to trigger the free spins round which itself is not easy. However, once you’re in there it is possible to get some frantic win sequences going when the multipliers start adding up which is fun to watch. Tread with care, and have fun!