Ever since the film 300, ancient Sparta has become a popular theme for slots. This game is dark and intensive, recreating the tough times the warriors faced. Fans of the film will be pleased to know that a yell of ‘Sparta!’ is included. Behind all the heroics, this is a 9 line slot with 5 reels and 3 rows of symbols. There is only a single free spins round to keep you engaged, though the big win potential does add a certain edge to this. This slot is listed in casino lobbies as ‘Spartan Warrior’, though it does say ‘Age of Spartans’ as the title.
I noticed the soundtrack to this game before the graphics. This is an intensive drum track. It is on a short loop, and does contribute to the brooding dark feel of the game. Both the base graphics and animations are very good. Saucify can be a little hit and miss with these, though the attention to detail and way that the symbols come to life when they form part of a winning line are both excellent here. The warrior standing up to cut the arrows from his shield is particularly effective – and the king yelling is also nicely done. Game play is smooth, though the wins take too long to cycle through when you hit on multiple lines. In normal play you can just hit the spin again and start the next spin. When you play the auto spin this does slow things down unnecessarily.
There is nothing remarkable about the game play during the free spins round. Though with all wins tripled, watching your total wins accumulate is entertaining enough on its own.
Many 9 win line slots are the older games – though this one feels more recent. You can choose any number of lines, and configure your coin size and coins per line to suit your bankroll. The smallest spin on the version I played was just 9c for all lines. Auto spin can be set for up to 100 spins each time.
There are two ways to win big in this game during regular play. The king (face in a mask) will get you 10,000 coins for 5 on a win line. He is also the wild, doubling any win he becomes a part of. The other way is to hit 5 of the ‘shield’ scatter symbols. Here you get paid a multiple of your total spin amount. For 5 this is 500x, with 20x for 4, 5x for 3 and 2x for just 2. The shield also triggers the free spins bonus feature.
The regular symbols have smaller wins. The horn nets you 750 for 5, along with the lady. The banner is worth 400, while the helmet on a spear and helmet with a sword are worth 250. After these come the playing card symbols, which are nicely designed in this game. These contribute the smaller (though still cumulatively important) wins.
You will get the chance to gamble after a win by clicking the ‘gamble’ button. This is a standard flip-a-card gamble, where you can either bet on the colour or the suit of the next card.
3+ shields gets you the free spins feature. The default 15 spins runs for 3, 4 or 5 spins – with no extra benefits above the scatter prizes for 4 or 5. These spins are the same as the main game, with no changed symbols or different on-reel behaviour. You will see a countdown of remaining spins, and your total wins are listed.
I’d write this off as a rather dull round if it was not for the fact that all wins are tripled. This gives you the chance to win 30,000 coins for 5 wilds – or 1500x your total spin amount for 5 shields. The added interest from this is a great reason to try this slot on its own. This feature can be retriggered during play, with 3+ shields getting you 15 more spins in addition to the scatter prizes.
Saucify has come up with a winner here. This is a tricky theme to pull off, with stiff competition from the likes of NextGen’s 300 Shields. All-in-all the Age of Spartans has the right mix of atmosphere and game play to be a worthy alternative, and as Saucify's titles can be played in your browser, this title looks great on all devices. If I could improve one thing it would be to add something extra to the free spins game. For example some on reel interest like random or expanding wilds – or maybe a pick-em game. This is not something you’ll be too bothered about if you hit the 30,000 coin line wins possible during the existing free spins! A great slot from Saucify and one I recommend you check out for yourself soon.