The Pompeii online slot is a 5-reel, 243 pay line online slot game from Aristocrat. In this game, you head back to the most glorious days of the mighty Roman Empire. Unfortunately for you, it's definitely a case of the 'wrong place at the wrong time', as you find yourself in the city of Pompeii, just as the fearsome volcano Vesuvius has popped its flaming top. On the bright side, you can take your mind off your imminent fiery death by giving the Pompeii slot a few spins. To win, all you need to do is land at least three (or sometimes two) identical symbols in sequence from left hand reel.
The symbols are playing card values from nice up to ace, and various Roman artefacts. You kick the game off by selecting your coin value from 0.02 to 1.00, and the amount of credits you want to play with, which can be 25, 50, 75, 100 or 125. Your bet is your coin value multiplied by your credit value, so the bets can range from 0.50 to 125.00. Once you've sorted how much you want to spend, then you can spin to see if you can win.
Payout & bonus rounds
Prizes range from 1/5th of the credit value multiplied by your stake for two nines or tens, to one hundred times the same amount for five golden jewel symbols.
The Vesuvius symbol is the “wild” symbol and substitutes for all other symbols, but it can only be found on reels 2 and 4.
If you land at least three golden coin symbols in a winning combination you are awarded free spins. The number of spins you are awarded depends upon the number of symbols you land. Three symbols awards you 10 free games, four gives you 15 and five gives you 20. During your free spins, the Vesuvius symbols act as a prize multiplier. If you land a winning combination containing a Vesuvius symbol on reel 2, your prize is multiplied by three. If your win contains a Vesuvius symbol on reel 4, then your prize is multiplied by five. Land both, and your prize is multiplied by 15. You can win further free spins during the free spins round.
Pompeii is based on a video slot that very popular in the US, and it's really designed for people who want to pump quarters into a machine for hours on end. Having said that, slots with 243 pay lines always receive a thumbs up, as they are so easy to play. In the end, Pompeii suffers a little from repetitive play and a lack of features. It might though, float your particular boat, and remember if you see steaming streams of boiling hot lava heading your way … panic!