Pompeii is one of the more popular of the Reel Power games made by Aristocrat.
In this game you buy the 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.
Pompeii is almost always offered as a penny game, but in some casinos the slot may be set at five cents.
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 which 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 appearing 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.
This game is high volatility, which is a technical math term that describes how long it takes for a game to show its true payout. As a player this means that the higher the volatility of a game, the more likely you are to win big. Which is one of the reasons that Pompeii is so popular.
By the Way
I stopped by Stetson’s Casino & Grill on Boulder highway for a nightcap and the first thing I saw when I entered the door was a Turtle Treasure slot (which I reviewed in the April 21 issue of GT).
I didn’t come in to play but I couldn’t help myself. I put in $5 and got the bonus right away. It kept hitting and I cashed out with $120. When a slot calls to you go for it, it may be trying to tell you something.
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