Pompeii by Aristocrat was the first reel power slot I ever played. It was so popular, you usually had to wait for a machine to be open. Now there are all kinds of reel power slot games to choose and from almost all manufacturers. But Pompeii was first and it is still paying well. Plus, it’s fun to play.
You buy reels instead of the lines. A win consists of three or more of the same symbol on adjacent left to right reels. More than one symbol on a reel pays once for each set of symbols, hence the 243 ways to win.
In order to play all five reels you pay 25 credits and that gives you 243 ways to win. To cover all lines you bet 25 credits with an 8x max bet.
There are many subtle and entertaining features of this game. The coins (combinations of three or more begin the bonus) say "Veni, Vedi, Vici" quoting Julius Caesar, which means "I came, I saw, I conquered."
The Volcano (which is wild with all symbols except the coins) shakes the screen during big wins, as if Vesuvius is erupting and covering Pompeii again.
The bonus on this game is the free spins. It is awarded when three, four and five coins appear on the reels (starting from the left). You can win 10, 15 or 20 free spins depending on the number of coins that appear on the reels.
During the free spins you get paid 3x and 5x for patterns with the volcano wild symbols in the second and fourth reels. Also, you can retrigger the bonus during the free games.
When this game pays it’s usually quite well, which is why it is so popular and still advantagious to play. Sometimes it takes awhile, but it is worth the wait.
I usually play 2x (50¢) waiting for the "Veni, Vedi, Vici." I alway thought it was saying "Penny, Penny, Penny." But I did my homework and looked it up to officially say it means, "I came, I saw, I conquered."
This week I played my $20 down to $15.60 before I finally heard those magic words and got my 10 free spins. I retriggered once for an addititional 10 spins and ended the free spins portion with $27.40. Two spins after the free spins were over I got five gold dolphins and won $20. I played a little longer and finally cashed out with $52.
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