All41 Studios, the gaming design house that brought us exotic titles such as Book of Atem and Magic of Sahara, has come up with another of its online pokies that will appeal to those seeking mysterious adventure. Published in conjunction with the highly respected Microgaming, Arena of Gold leaves North Africa and heads to the majesty and might of Imperial Rome for its setting. The gameplay is themed on gladiatorial combat and the action takes place – as you might expect – in a huge amphitheatre that is reminiscent of the great colosseum of Rome itself.
This exciting new video slot game is best viewed on a big screen but it will orientate itself perfectly well in either portrait or landscape mode so it is just as suited to those playing on mobile devices. Although much of the gladiatorial action the game is focussed on might make you think it is full of gore, this is far from the case and the gameplay is suited to players of all temperaments. The game really puts you in the place of a bold adventurer who is trying to make a name for himself among the established gladiators in the ring and who might just be able to catch the eye of the emperor himself.
Arena of Gold – The Essentials
Firstly, Arena of Gold is a 5 by 3 reel online pokie which consequently displays 15 symbols following every spin in the base game. This allows it to have 25 permanently enabled paylines in operation, all of them running left to right. The game comes with a Golden Re-Spins™ feature and there are bonus spins you can enjoy with merged reels. The game’s scatter symbols are the ones that represent the gladiatorial amphitheatre and the wilds are represented by the Roman emperor who sits in judgement over proceedings with a golden laurel on his head.
Then, there are coin symbols, each of which carries a numerical value that relates to a prize. These run from one to one hundred and are effectively multipliers. Of course, there are the usual picture cards which win prizes if you see them in sufficient numbers. However, most players will be keeping their eyes combat-ready for the gladiator symbols. There are four of them, each offering slightly different prize values depending on how many of them appear.
Features Available in Arena of Gold
If you are lucky enough to get a winning combination following a spin, then you will gain the best prize possible according to the game’s paytable. This means that only one win per line is possible but that the outcome is always optimised for you should more than one be available. Wilds are able to be substituted for all of the main game symbols with the exception of scatter symbols and coins. Scatter wins are paid on top of payline wins and scatter symbols multiply the amount staked. In the base game, these will only ever appear on reels two, three or four.
Arena of Gold offers the chance of bonus spins, too. These come about when you get three scatter symbols at the same time. If so, then no matter how they appear, you will receive five extra spins. When this happens, the middle three reels become one giant symbol which gives you a really good chance of coming up with winning combinations.
The game’s big feature, however, is Golden Re-Spins™ which is triggered by landing at least six coins at one time. This can occur during the base game or when you are enjoying some bonus spins with the aforementioned, oversized, central symbol. Golden Re-Spins™ starts with three extra spins but when you get a coin, the re-spin counter winds back to three. The feature carries on until you are out of re-spins or when all of the symbol positions are filled. At this point, all of the prizes available to you from the coins you have collected pay out. Fill all the symbol positions with a coin symbol and you will get the jackpot maximum prize which would be worthy of Caesar himself!
Summing Up Arena of Gold
A gladiator’s life could be harsh but it could also be very rewarding and Arena of Gold lives up to this spirit. It is a medium volatility game that strikes a balance between big prizes and reasonable chances of winning. The payout ratio you can expect is over 96 per cent and the total hit frequency is 28.28 per cent, so it has something to offer all players.