Nero was among the most infamous emperors of ancient Rome. He ruled in the 1st century and was notoriously cruel and vain. Whilst he probably didn’t play the fiddle as Rome burned, he didn’t do much for the Roman citizens when the tragedy happened.
One wouldn’t call him the hero of this Quickspin slot either. But his fortune was famous as well and if you think of riches beyond your imagination, why not go with Roman Emperor Nero?
Indeed, Rome does seem to be burning in this slot. The visuals are stunning and much darker than we usually get from Quickspin, who often sticks to the lighter side of things. There’s a dark orange glow in the sky, ash floats through the scenery, the buildings of Rome tower on each side. We get an orchestral soundtrack that spells doom. It all comes together nicely.
On the reels, we get the low value playing card symbols from J to A as well as emblems of eagle, wolf and lion and a red diamond as the highest value symbol. A cluster of 5 of it pays 2x our stake, whereas a cluster of 12 or more of it plays 150x our stake.
Clusters pay when at least 5 matching symbols align vertically or horizontally on the reels.
There is a wild and a scatter in the game as well.
You can play this game from 0.20 to 100.00 per spin.
This is only the third cluster pay slot in Quickspin’s collection. In most ways, the cluster wins work like they usually do. That is, winning symbols of a cluster are removed, and the empty spaces are filled with new symbols falling in from above, hopefully creating more wins.
In the case of Nero’s Fortune, however, the Burning Arrows also come into play. These can be randomly shot at the empty spaces before new symbols fall in from above. They will multiplier “X” symbols behind. If one of those symbols is revealed with a consecutive win, the multiplier at the bottom of the reels is climbing by 1x for each of those “X” symbols that gets revealed.
As long as consecutive wins last, multipliers are held and can even climb if more are revealed.
They reset on a losing spin, of course.
Free spins are triggered by catching at least three scatters on the reels. In that case we get 10 free spins. Four or five scatters would give us 12 or 14 spins, respectively.
The scene changes slightly as the reels move toward us at a tilt, which gives the whole setup a more dramatic look.
Now, before every spin, the multiplier “X” symbols are added randomly to the reels. If one or more should be revealed thanks to a cluster win, the multiplier at the bottom of the reels climbs accordingly. Every “X” is added and kept for the next spin. All wins are multiplied accordingly.
The free spins cannot be retriggered.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) for Nero’s Fortune is 96.21%, which is solid but not impressive. This is a highly volatile slot, which you will feel quite painfully if you don’t budget carefully. We’ve experienced many dead spins whilst playing this game.
Nero’s Fortune certainly looks impressive and it has been very well executed to a high standard. It’s not the typical Quickspin fare, but why not branch out?
The potential sits at 8,100x our stake for the highest possible win, which is good and nothing to complain about. But does it actually pay out? Not in our experience. We’ve played the slot for a good while and either we had a particularly unlucky session, or the maths are just not where we would like them to be or where they could be.
Nero’s Fortune is a solid slot in terms of gameplay, and it looks impressive. But it may not give you the wins you might hope for. It seems rather that Nero is holding onto his fortunes.
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