You'll need a solid bankroll for this high variance slot, but the wins are big - and you can buy bonuses

Champions of Rome is a new game recently uploaded to Stakers. As we do from time to time, we decided to take a look at it so we could figure out what it's all about. That helps us let you know if the game is for you. Even the best game can be not so great if it is not the style you want to be playing!

So we spent two hours playing it at two credits a spin. Here's what we found out about the game.

When you start playing, you'll notice that various warriors and crests make up the basic icons. As you would expect, you need to get three in a row in order to win.

The game features a “Buy Bonus” feature, which we did not use. It is our opinion that the game should stand on its own, without the player having to buy in at an additional cost in order to win.

Randomly, a spear will be thrown at the screen. In general, this turns at least four of the blocks into wild cards – greatly increasing your chances of winning. These wins were very helpful. One time we got 174 credits back on our two-credit wager.

When you score three free spins icons on the screen, your free spins round will start. We should make note that this is a very rare occurrence. During our two hours of playing it happened exactly once.

Once it does come up, you are given a choice between “Training” and “Deathmatch”. The difference is that with Training, you get to keep everything you win. With Deathmatch there are multipliers to help you – but you need to get a minimum of wins, or else you will lose them all. We chose training.

During the training round, at the end of each spin, four tridents are launched at the board. They turn every icon they hit into a wild card. This essentially guarantees a win on every spin. In addition, if they hit the Champion, you are awarded an extra free spin. This means that although we were granted eight free spins, we actually ended up playing 12 free spins.

By the time we were done, we had won 998 credits during the free spin round. That's an extremely good win! We just wish it happened more often.

And this is the inherent problem in the game. The wins, when they happen, are big, but they are few and far between. We often found ourselves about 200 credits down before we scored a win and went back up.

This rates the game for us as extremely high variance. To be blunt – you need a bankroll that will allow you to lose for a while before you get it all back, and more, in a big win.

That's a style of game that we know many of our players love. But we also know just as many players like lower variance games. So be warned; if you start playing this – the variance is very high.

If you like that, though, we are sure you will love Champions of Rome.

Overall, we give it four out of five stars. We take away a star for the Buy Bonus. Particularly in a high variance game, there is no need to try to get punters to pay in order to win.

Other than that, the game is a perfect high variance experience. The excitement of getting a win is huge – and will more than make up for your losses. You just have to have the cash to get there.

The bottom line is that this is a very fun high variance game that will get your adrenaline pumping – and that's a very good thing.

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