Pompeii is one of the newest additions to the Aristocrat lineup and is already available for online play in Australia. It features everything players have come to expect from Aristocrat’s pokie, plus a few new features that have rarely been seen before.
Pompeii was a Roman city that was partially destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. Nowadays, the remains of the city are a popular tourist attraction for both locals and visitors from further afield but this particular pokie stays true to the historic nature of the event and even features Vesuvius erupting on the reels. Among the symbols are the volcano itself, various Roman themed items and the obligatory playing card symbols representing lower value payouts.
Players will also find gold coins inscribed with “Veni, Vedi, Vici” and even Julius Caesar – a key figure in the Roman Empire.
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As with many of the more recent additions to the Aristocrat line up, Pompeii makes use of the innovative 243 system which does away with conventional win lines and instead allows players to match any symbols that appear adjacently on the reels. On pokies in this format, players choose reels instead of win lines, with each reel staking five coins in order to activate. Therefore, betting on all reels costs 25 coins.
The main feature in Pompeii is the free spins bonus round which is triggered when the player spins in three or more of the gold coin scatter symbol. Three coins awards ten spins, while four awards fifteen. If the player is lucky enough to spin in a gold coin on every reel then they receive twenty free spins. Progressive scatters such as this are common on pokies that use the 243 system, as players that choose to play fewer than the maximum five reels cannot make full use of the bonus.
The multiplier in the free game is dynamic and changes depending on when the Volcano appears. The important reels in this respect are the second and fourth. If the volcano appears on the second reel, the value of the prize on that spin is tripled. If it appears on the fourth, then the prize is multiplied by five and should the player be lucky enough to spin in a volcano on both the second and fourth on the same spin, the prize is multiplied by fifteen.