Nero was the fifth emperor of the mighty Roman Empire, who ruled between the years 54 and 68. The first five years of his reign were a golden age for Rome and the empire, given the great prosperity and peace that reigned. However, this changed in the second half of Nero’s first decade of rule as the emperor became notorious for his cruel rule and bizarrely violent punishments.
Swedish developers Quickspin have used the two most prominent aspects of Nero's reign –prosperity and war – to shape their new online slot machine, Nero's Fortune. It's been a while since we've seen a new online slot machine with a Roman theme at CasinoTop10. Let's see how Nero's Fortune did it.
Look here for a quick overview of Nero’s Fortune in numbers
|Kind of slot machine||Video slot machine|
|Number of winlines||Cluster pays|
|Construction grid||5 x 5|
|Maximum profit||8100x your bet|
Nero’s Fortune has already won our hearts with its layout. In the background you will see a city of temples nestled in a hilly grassy landscape with mountains in the distance. On either side of one of the temples are two stately golden statues. In the middle of all this is the playing field. Occasionally, a spark flies across the background – symbolizing the violence and war of that time – as minimalist music interspersed with the occasional crow’s call plays in the background, increasing the tension. This seems like the calm before the storm and it is. As soon as the symbols fall to create combinations, the war drums start beating and the profit meter runs out!
Nero’s Fortune consists of a grid of 5 x 5 symbols with a control panel below. You can easily set your bet with the arrows and see how much money you have remaining in your pouch by looking to the left-hand side of this panel. The button to turn the slot machine sits on the far right and the button that controls the autoplay function is on the left. The autoplay function conveniently allows you to spin between 10x and 1000x at the touch of a button. You can also set a limit of a certain total loss or you can let the game spin until you get a certain high win, for example 75x your bet.
The following symbols may appear on the slot machine to form winning combinations:
Nero’s Fortune takes place on a five by five symbol playing field. It is a cluster pays online slot machine, which means that you make winning combinations by landing a cluster of at least five of the same symbols that are horizontally and/or vertically adjacent to each other. Of course, the bigger the cluster, the higher the payout. The maximum gain per symbol is taken from a cluster of 12 or more symbols. Nero’s Fortune also uses the waterfall principle, where winning combinations disappear and the remaining symbols fall down to form even more winning combinations. In this way, you can trigger a chain reaction in which the profits can increase rapidly.
The betting limits range from €0.20 to €100 and are therefore accessible to any player. The RTP percentage of 96.21% is slightly above average, which we would say is a solid return. The variance is high in this category, which means that the odds are fairly spread out and the returns per spider are very different. This way you can pass without taking too much profit, but you always have a chance to win!
Besides a great layout and interesting game flow, Nero’s Fortune also has some nice special features. So nice that we’re practically chained to the screen here at CasinoTop10.
Violent rule or not, in this feature the Emperor Nero is your friend. The Flames or Nero can be activated after each winning combination, where Nero shoots a number of arrows on your screen that leave an ‘x’ on the empty spaces where symbols were first displayed. Next comes the waterfall of symbols. If you manage to land a winning combination on an ‘x’ here, then each one yields a 1 multiplier! This is cumulative and only when there are no more winning combinations is the multiplier reset to 1.
For the free spins, you need to run the BNS scatter symbol. If you manage to run three, you get 12 free spins. Four BNS symbols yield 14 free spins and five will give you 16 free spins! What you commonly see more with slot machines is that you can get additional free spins during your free spins. Unfortunately, that’s not the case here. But that’s not a bad thing, because Nero’s Fortune still offers you two other enormously powerful boosters during the free spins.
The round starts with an animation in which the statue tilts down before slowly rising again, accompanied by exciting music. Your free spins then begin with the following great conditions:
Nero’s Fortune is another solid online slot machine from Quickspin. It’s an intense, tough slot machine with a great layout. The whole look of the slot machine embodies the Roman Empire as war drums guide you into the winnings, taking you back to the past.
The gameplay is fairly straightforward, which we see as a plus, and has a good pace. Everything comes down to landing clusters and collecting multipliers in Nero’s Fortune. As soon as the exciting bonus round is activated, things become even more interesting. Here, the Flames or Neros offer plenty of chances for a multiplier, and the multiplier just keeps on increasing without resetting. A lot can happen because of the high variance in this online slot machine and it’s certainly not easy to achieve those huge victories, but the road to it is exciting. And when everything goes well, you’ll be richly rewarded.