The battle where 300 Greek soldiers led by King Leonidas of Sparta vanquished a conquering Persian army has been celebrated in numerous ways, including the Hollywood blockbuster, 300. Now Endorphina brings the battle to life in the online gaming space. Almighty Sparta is a recent release by the developer, who specializes in thematically-rich but feature-sparse video slots. This slot offers a lot of winning potential in the base game itself. The bonus can wait, provided it does arrive.
Almighty Sparta is a 5-reel, 3-row video slot, which plays out on 10 paylines. The game play is quite two-dimensional, with just one bonus game, and that is the mandatory free spins. The reels sport the principal protagonists of the battle like the Persian King, the oracle, the sage, a spear and a sword with the crossed hilt. King Leonidas himself is the wild of the game and can fill an entire reel he chooses. He can replace all other symbols, except the scatter, to enable winning combinations.
The scatter symbol is a Spartan shield pierced by arrows. While it also pays directly, when 3 scatters land anywhere on the reels, it triggers the free spins round. The other symbols are the standard low-paying card symbols from 9 to A. The game also provides a risk game feature where you can double you winnings from any spin or forfeit them. The risk game is a staple in Endorphina games, and has a similar style like in most slots created by the developer.
The graphics of the game leave you with mixed feelings. The game opens on a grand view of the Aegean Sea in pastel hues, which also serves as the slot’s backdrop. The game is played out at the entrance to a Greek temple with classic pillars and engravings. However, there is a preponderance of gold on the reels, since the card symbols are all golden. We also wish the winning animations were a bit more than just a formality. However, that may be nitpicking – the game is quite entertaining and can be every bit as rewarding.
The slot has a wide betting range of $0.01 to $100.00 per spin, but that is not the only flexible wager aspect. Although the game has a maximum of 10 paylines, they are not fixed. You can decide how many paylines you wish to play on. You can increase your per spin wager with a reduced number of paylines and vice versa.
Almighty Sparta is capable of delivering mega payouts with high multipliers in the base game itself. You can win up to 500 times your bet for a single winning combination. This means 5,000x on a single spin for 5 of a kind, if you are playing across all active paylines. With a 4 times multiplier attached in the free spins round, the winning potential is theoretically at least 20,000x your bet in just one spin. Though there is no cap announced in the paytable, a max on that kind of multiplier is possible.
Almighty Sparta has a return to player ratio of 96%, which is in keeping with other high-volatility slots. Since, there are no other bonus games except for the free spins you can expect some big action in the base game. Although with that 4x multiplier, things only get better in the bonus round.
The scatters pay out directly if they simultaneously land on 2 or more reels anywhere on the grid, and they are one of the highest paying symbols on the grid. However, if you can get at least three of them to land at once, they give you 20 free spins, during which, every win is attached with a 4x multiplier.
What's more, you can retrigger the 20 free spins if you land three more scatters during the bonus round.
The Risk Gamble Feature is a staple of most Endorphina games. It has a simple double or quits mechanism. After every win in the base game, you will be challenged to take the risk and either double your winning from that round or lose it all. You are free to just take the money.
However, if you wish to take the risk, you will be given four cards lying face down. You have to choose one of them to beat the dealer’s card. If you do, your winning is doubled or else you forfeit it. You can do this multiple times in the same round. And if the dealer has a high card and you have second thoughts, you still the option of just taking your money and get back to the main game.
Almighty Sparta can be a delight to play while multi-tasking on the move. The game is fully compatible with major mobile operating platforms like Android, Windows Phone, iOS, and Blackberry, etc. Hence, you can enjoy the game on any smartphone, iPhone, iPad, or iPod that runs on these operating systems.
You can play the game in full HD clarity and original audio quality on any budget smartphone. However, you’ll be playing online on your browser, so you will need stable internet connectivity at all times for an uninterrupted gaming experience.
Almighty Sparta tells a very popular story with a simple game play, but does not offer anything outstanding. The game is unassuming, yet fulfils its twin purposes of providing entertainment and winning possibilities. With a wide betting window, the game can suit all playing budgets. There is no reason not to play this game. If you are still unsure you can play a demo version before spending your money.