ALL ABOUT WONDER OF AGES SLOT
There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of video slots on the market that leverage historical themes. In particular the myths and legends of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome have been fertile creative grounds for developers. Classics from this genre include Cleopatra, the Age of Gods series, Book of Gods, and Rome Rise of an Empire. Now, for their latest release, Blueprint have gone for a historical mash-up, mixing four historical periods together – the Ancient Civilisations of Egypt, Rome, China and Greece. Think of it a bit like Bill and Ted’s Excellent adventure as you whizz from one era to the next, maybe taking in all four if you are lucky enough to trigger each period’s own free spins features in one session.
Blueprint have recently made a name for themselves as purveyors of Megaways™ slots under license from Big Time Gaming, but Wonder of Ages is a little reminder that they have a bit more up their sleeve than just a long list of Bonanza re-boots. As well as being a slick game with decent bonus round features, it is also part of the network of slots with the Jackpot King Progressives, each of which offers three different prize pools to play for on top of the standard game prizes.
GAME SET-UP, SYMBOLS AND GRAPHICS
Wonder of Ages takes place against a backdrop of historical scenes from each era – there are ancient Egyptian pyramids, Roman ruins and buildings which must represent the Chinese Ming period (what else?!). All are bathed in a golden glow which sets off the 5×3 reel set nicely. There are 20 fixed paylines in play at any one time and you must land three or more identical symbols to score a win (except in the case of the wild which pays out for two or more on a payline).
The low value symbols are the Roman numerals, I, II and III. Premium symbols are represented by historical figures including Cleopatra, Ceasar, Genghis Khan, Ramses and Leonidas. Ceasar himself pays out the highest value prizes at 50x for five on a payline. There is also a special payout for bringing all five characters together on one payline – 200x your stake for that unique historical event! In addition, there is a wild symbol that will substitute for all others, except for the Wonder or Ages Scatter, and pays out a massive 500x for five on a payline.
Wonder of Ages is a medium to high variance slot with an RTP of 95.49% – this makes it quite a tricky slot to unlock and one that may try your patience. There is a top payout of 10,000x but you will need to have some happy hunting in the bonus rounds to get anywhere near this.
GAMEPLAY AND FEATURES
There are four bonus round features in Wonder of Ages, one for each period in history, as well as three Jackpot King Progressives to play for.
Free Spins Features
To set up the free spins round you will need to land three or more of the Wonder of Ages Bonus Scatter.
You will then be presented with a screen with 20 gold coins on it. When clicked each coin will reveal a character from one of the periods – reveal three of the same to unlock that feature. You will notice that there are also Fallen Temple symbols – these are to be avoided because revealing three of these will end your participation in the bonus rounds. When you have played a free spins round you will return to the coin screen for the chance to trigger another free spins round, or reveal Fallen Temples and go back to the main game.
Empire of Rome Free Spins – Nine free spins with a stacked Emperor wild locked in place throughout on reel 3.
Wonder of Egypt Free Spins– Nine free spins in which up to five symbols may randomly transform to wilds.
Rise of Greece Free Spins– Nine free spins with an increasing multiplier. Starting at 1x, the multiplier increases to 2x after 3 spins and 3x after 6 spins. An extra wild is locked into the middle row of reel 3 as well.
Mighty Dynasty Free Spins– Nine free spins with a random multiplier of between 1x and 5x applied on each.
Jackpot King Deluxe Progressives
Blueprint’s Jackpot King Deluxe feature is a progressive feature that has been built into a series of their games. To enter the feature you will need to land FIVE of the Jackpot King Deluxe symbols simultaneously on the reels. Players must then climb a ladder by landing crown symbols, collecting multipliers along the way. At the top of the ladder, reached by landing 15 or more crowns, is the Wheel King. Spin the Wheel to earn more multipliers or one of the Progressive Jackpots. There are three in total – Regal, Royal or Jackpot King.
Wonder of Ages is an impressive slot – visually it pulls no punches and the opportunity to hit four different free spins rounds from one scatter trigger is interesting. In truth it’s unlikely you will get to play all four before the Fallen Temple coins put an end to your fun, but you may get lucky and earn two or three rounds before that happens. The Mighty Dynasty round is probably the best of the lot due to the higher value multiplier on offer, and on top of that the opportunity to go for one of the Progressives make Wonder or Ages a slot that’s worth having a spin on. Just bear in the mind the higher than average variance will make for some frustrating sessions and choose your stake accordingly.