About Spartan King Slot
It’s been another good year for Pragamatic Play slots – we’ve enjoyed the high variance thrills of John Hunter and the Book of Tut as well as Great Rhino Megaways™, which made better use of BTG’s expanding reels license than many of the games released by their competitors.
And next up, the legend of Leonidas I, The Spartan King who led the Spartan 300 army against the Persians in 480 BC provides an interesting narrative to Pragmatic’s December 2020 release. The King died on the battlefield and acquired mythic legend status in the process. And now he joins the legions of other deities, warriors, explorers and other historical leaders to appear in the pantheon of ancient historical slots!
Spartan King is reminiscent on NextGen’s legendary 300 Shields game, in theme and variance. The artwork is immense and worthy of its subject, with a bright and colorful backdrop and an engaging military soundtrack in the background. Wins are triggered by landing at least three matching icons on a payline, starting from the leftmost reel.
The minimum bet to play is 20p.
RTP, Variance and Top Payout
Spartan King is a high variance game. That means an irregular distribution of payouts – you could sit through long lean spells before hitting a big win sequence. So be ready for some frustrating times. The RTP is set to a pretty good 96.6% and the top prize is 7,480x on one spin. You’ll need to be mixing up the Colossal Wilds, Multiplier and Free Spins to get near that number, and more on that in a moment.
Symbols and Paytable
Low value symbols here are represented by the cards, Jack through to Ace. The four premium symbols are represented by the Ship, Sword, and Helmet. The Warrior is the highest-paying premium icon, offering 7.5x bet for five of a kind.
Look out as well for Leonidas, who is the Wild that substitutes for all regular icons, and is also the symbol that pays the most, delivering 10x bet for the maximum combination of 5 on a line. The Red Military Banner represents the Banner Scatter that triggers the Free Spins feature.
Gameplay and Features
This is not a feature-packed game. It’s really all about unlocking the free spins round and landing super-sized symbols and win-boosting multipliers. Here’s how it works:
2×2 Wilds Feature
Alongside the Leonidas Wild which can land anywhere on reels 2 to 4, is a giant Shield Wild, covered in arrows. It comes in a 2×2 size and like Leonidas, it substitutes for all regular icons. The Shield Wild can appear on any reel.
Free Spins Feature
To trigger the Free Spins feature, you’ll need to land at least three Banner Scatters on the reels. Three, four, or five Scatters will deliver 8, 10, or 12 free spins respectively. Free Spins can be triggered unlimited times.
Importantly, the Colossal Shield Wild here comes with additional multipliers of 2x, 3x, 5x, 10x, 15x, or even 25x. This is a classic high variance feature – free spins boosted by massive mulitpliers that can throw up the biggest wins!
This is a top notch high-risk slot and hotly anticipated round these parts. If you aren’t a fan of all the Christmas slot capers that we can expect throughout December, and you just want to stick to classic high variance play then Spartan King is a great choice for you. Decent wins are available, but of course will be a rare catch. It’s all about hitting the bonus round and getting luck with the Super-Sized Wilds and big multipliers.