Rome: The Golden Age slot review

By NetEnt

Rome: The Golden Age Slot

Rome: The Golden Age Basic info

Game provider NetEnt

Release Date 2/2021

RTP 96.06%

Game Technology HTML5

Popularity Medium

Min bet $0.10

Max bet $50

Max Win bet x 100000

Gamble Feature Volatility, Max. win, Freespins, Multiplier, Wilds

Layout 5x5

Devices Support all devices

Configurable Winlines No

Volatility High

Progressive Jackpot No

Step into the time of the Antique Rome and place your bets on the winning gladiator! Rome: The Golden Age is a visual spectacle by NetEnt, released in February 2021.

In the world where just about anything depends on the direction of Caesar’s thumb, it’s best to be a winner. However, it’s not an easy job – as a gladiator, you constantly need to be vigilant, stay agile, be the strongest. In Rome: The Golden Age this is reflected by the long journey one must survive in order to gain the ultimate wins.

This game does require a good while to learn its secrets. As it offers a bunch of features and a lot can be happening on the screen simultaneously, the overall experience can be overwhelming. Nevertheless, the slot dangles a rather delicious maximum payout of 100,000x your bet in front of your eyes. So, it might be worth to study it thoroughly.

Graphics and sound

I must say, Rome: The Golden Age nearly swooped me off my feet with its glorious visuals and music. While I was a bit surprised not seeing any 3D animated gladiators or tigers, I didn’t really miss them either. There are so many things happening on the reels that, to be honest, any more moving objects would just be a distraction.

The game is set, of course, within a grand amphitheatre with a scorching-hot sun sending its rays down to the arena. The light doesn’t bother you, as you’re enjoying the gladiator games cosily from the lavish box of the emperor.

The theme of the slot is heavy in the high-paying symbols, but not as much with the simpler, low-value tiles. This can be forgiven, as the symbols are nicely designed and are generally easy to read and tell apart. But, I did find it a bit problematic to distinguish the gold coins and Rome symbols.

The game consists of five reels and above of them you can see a point counter, a multiplier bar and the current multiplier for the next free spins. Each spin starts with a hollow drum sound and a gentle clink marks the moment when a reel stops. Small to medium wins get a moderate, uplifting jingle, as where a big win deserves a pompous fanfare with coins flying around. As a whole, everything works well together and reminded me of the top-notch quality NetEnt is capable of.

Symbols and wins

Rome: The Golden Age has 20 paylines going from left to right. The game has a total of five reels and they are vaguely in the shape of a diamond, holding symbols in the manner of 3-4-5-4-3.

Additional to the basic symbols, the game has Scatters, The Golden Age coins, Rome Symbols and Wilds. It can be pretty hectic with so many special tiles, but here’s how they work:

  • Scatter:

Three Scatters award you with free spins. They do not hand payouts on their own.

  • The Golden Age gold coin:

While the coins themselves do not pay any wins they do serve for two purposes. First, they produce points to the Free spin multiplier bar. Second, they leave a golden frame to the symbol slot they fall into.

  • Rome symbol:

A gold coin can randomly turn to Rome symbol, which then activates the golden frame. After the next spin, the active frame will turn into a Wild and the Wilds spread to any adjacent tile with the golden frame.

  • Wild:

The Wilds step in the play after the Rome symbol has activated one of the gold-framed spots. After the next spin, every adjacent symbol space with the golden frame turns to Wild. The same happens to the framed symbols adjacent to the previous ones. This goes on up to 5 times, after which the game pays the wins.

Wilds do not substitute Scatters, The Golden Age coins or Rome symbols. After this, any activated frames with Wilds in them will be removed from the reels before the next spin. Any gold-framed spots that weren’t activated with this feature will stay and wait for their turn.

High-value symbols:

  • 5 x Wilds pay 5x your bet
  • 5 x tigers pay 5x your bet
  • 5 x standards pay 2.5x your bet
  • 5 x rings pay 2.5x your bet
  • 5 x helmets pay 1.2x your bet
  • 5 x swords pay 1.2x your bet

Low-value symbols:

  • 5 x A pays 0.9x your bet
  • 5 x K pays 0.9x your bet
  • 5 x Q pays 0.6x your bet
  • 5 x J pays 0.6x your bet
  • 5 x 10 pays 0.4x your bet


  • Free spins multiplier: Acquire up to an x1,000 win multiplier for the free spins.

While playing the base game, any golden coins landing the reels also add points to the multiplier bar. One coin adds randomly 1-4 points and you need 200 points to advance to the next level. The current multiplier level is the one that’s visible in the upper right corner.

The multipliers always start from 1, to where it also returns after the free spins. The multiplier levels are:

x1, x2, x3, x5, x7, x10, x12, x15, x20, x30, x40, x50, x75, x100, x200, x300, x500, x750, x1,000.

So, to achieve the awed multiplier of x1,000, you’d need to collect the total of 3,600 points before triggering the free spins.

  • Free spins: Win 3 free spins by landing three Scatters on reels 2, 3 and 4.

Don’t be discouraged by the measly number of free spins, as they reset after each winning spin. A winning spin is defined by landing at least one new Rome symbol on the reels.

All the inactivated gold-rimmed symbols also get transferred to the free spins. They, like any of the new Rome symbols, will randomly pay 0.5-50 times your bet after the free spin feature has ended.

When the free spin counter goes down to zero, or when all of the symbol spaces have been filled, the feature ends. After revealing the prizes of each symbol, they get multiplied by as many times as the multiplier dictates. In the case when all of the reels are full of Rome symbols, you get an additional x2 multiplier.

Final Thoughts

After figuring out how exactly the slot worked, it was really easy for the game to get me immersed with the mechanics. The game actually has two strong points on which it heavily relies for you to keep on playing:

  • On the short run: Collect gold coins and get Wilds
  • On the long run: Collect the points to the multiplier bar

Rome: The Golden Age keeps you hooked by promising potentially bigger and better payouts the longer you keep playing. While I quickly got a whiff of this, I also noticed the problematic effect caused by the want of triggering the free spins.

Usually, I want to trigger the free spins as fast as possible. But now, if I don’t trigger them, I can keep collecting points from the base game and raise the multiplier.

I managed to get the multiplier bar to climb all the way to x12 before hitting the free spins. For the time and the effort I put down to get there, I got disappointed with the payout of 200x my bet. It wasn’t bad, but I was honestly waiting for something bigger. After all, I had just spent a good share of my balance and hadn’t hit any single win bigger than 50x my bet in the base game.

This slot definitely isn’t the best choice if you don’t have a lot of time in your hands. If you still want to play, I wouldn’t hold my breath for any wins worth writing home about. As the larger wins are entirely dependable on the multiplier bar, it’s pretty much mandatory to keep on playing and collecting enough points. In the end, I’m not a fan of this kind of feature.

Rome: The Golden Age can be a fun slot to play, but keep a close eye on your wallet and don’t get too lost in the promises the slot likes to bait you with.

Leticia Miranda

Leticia Miranda

Slot Games Analyst

Leticia Miranda is a former gambling reporter who knows everything about slot games and is happy to share her knowledge. She has covered a broad swath of topics and trends on gambling and is always full of new ideas and energy. Leticia also has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University and is passionate about writing.