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Head back in time to when the Greeks and the Romans ruled the world, sending soldiers into battle for dominance and the spoils of war. IGT, the gamemaker behind the King of Macedonia online slot, is known for their Greek and Roman-inspired games, including Golden Goddess, Crown of Egypt, Cleopatra, Treasures of the Pyramids, Golden Egypt, and more.
This game is similar in theme, but will it stand the test of time? Let’s take a look….
Overview: King of Macedonia
This slot machine game is set in a lush green valley in the kingdom of Macedonia, back when it was part of the Greek landscape. The reelset is a standard 5 reels with 5 rows, set in an elaborate metal frame bordered by swords.
The game has an upbeat soundtrack and sharp imagery, along with multiple features, many of which are standard to IGT-developed games. You’ll also find the typical free spins bonus round that can produce a nice payout.
Who will the King of Macedonia appeal to?
The King of Macedonia slot is a low- to medium-volatility game, with betting ranges from 80 cents to $240 per spin. This allows entry level as well as hardcore slot players to test out the action and determine if the game is a good fit for them. History buffs will appreciate the imagery and the game’s theme. And all fans of IGT’s high-quality games should enjoy this slot.
Gameplay: King of Macedonia
The slot game centers around the king and his soldiers, with symbols that include the King of Macedonia as the Wild, his queen, a stallion, helmet, jewel box, goblet, scroll, harp and wine jug. The game features Stacked Symbols with as few as 1 or as many as 5 per reel.
The Spin button is made to look like a gold shield, and you have the option of playing one spin at a time or putting the game on Autoplay. With Autoplay, your spin choices range from 10-50 spins, which will automatically stop should you get a jackpot or bonus feature.
The King of Macedonia is a larger than life character who can expand to become a Gigantic Wild. You’ll see that his Wild symbol always takes up two reels, and can be as high as all 5 rows. This can make for some spectacular wins.
The bonus symbol serves two functions: trigger the King Free Spins Bonus and serve as a multiplier. Land the Bonus symbol on line 1 with no King Wilds and it will turn into a multiplier for any wins that are on the reels. Land the Bonus symbol with 1 or more King Wilds and you’ll trigger the bonus.
Special features: King of Macedonia
King Free Spins Bonus
A Bonus symbol on reel 1, along with a Gigantic Wild on reels 2-3 and/or 4-5 will trigger this free spins bonus. You’ll get 8 free spins and any time that you land a King Wild, it will become a Sticky Wild and stay for the duration of your free spins.
When the Bonus symbol lands on reel 1 with no Wilds, it will turn into a random multiplier for line wins. The multiplier can be 2x, 3x, 5x or 10x.
This can make for some massive wins if cover reels 2-5. On an $80 bet, I got 4 stacked jewel boxes on reel 1, and Gigantic Wilds that covered reels 2-5 (all 5 rows). The payout was $3480. Granted, most people will not bet $80/spin even with play money, but an $8 bet would yield $348, which isn’t bad for one spin.
King Free Spins Bonus
The fact that this bonus includes Sticky Wilds, means that you could cover reels 2-5 early on in the round with Gigantic Wilds, meaning every line would payout 5 of a kind. That’s potentially huge.
The strong music and consistent presence of the King Wilds can make for an intense game, probably not one you should play hyped up on caffeine. In fact, this is the perfect game if you find yourself sleepy in the afternoon and want a wake-up call.
The return-to-player percentage on this game is significantly lower than we’ve been seeing lately. Almost all recently released slots are in the 95% to 96.5% range. King of Macedonia sits at 94.3%.
Minimal Regular Payline Wins
Because of the number of symbols and the fact that they are stacked, it can be very difficult to get a regular payline win. Most of your wins will come at the hands of the Gigantic Wild (which actually pay better).
Graphics & soundtrack 4/5
Upbeat, percussion heavy soundtrack with sharp graphics that match the subject of the game. Background is a gorgeous pastel watercolor-type image with the remnants and spills of war visible, keeping with the theme.
Originality & creativity 3/5
The dual use of the Bonus symbol is a great idea, and the fact that you only need 1 Bonus symbol along with the Gigantic Wild should theoretically make for an easier path to the bonus round. Once there, the implementation of Sticky Wilds may not be original, but because they are 2 reels wide and getting 4 reels worth isn’t a stretch, that’s original and creative.
Play value 3/5
While the RTP is low at 94.3%, the Gigantic Wilds do appear often enough that they make up for the lack of regular payline wins.
Jackpot potential 3/5
While winning the max amount of $280,000 will only come with max bet, there are large payouts available, evidenced by my hefty $3480 win.
Repeat play 3/5
One more special feature or bonus would have pushed this into the 4/5 category, but the game is fun to play and worth spending time on.
Total score: 16/25
IGT has done a good job with the King of Macedonia online slot. It’s available for real money and is also free to play (at least of GoldenNuggetCasino.com), and is available on both desktop and mobile/tablet devices.