Pompeii Slot Machine

Pompeii is a slot machine made by Aristocrat.   It is one of the most popular games in the US, from the perspective of per-unit profitability for casinos.   In many casinos across the US with 1000-2000 machines total there is usually 6-12 of these games.   They consistently are some of the most played in the casino.

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Image from patent showing the layout of screen.

It is almost always offered as a penny game, but in some jurisdiction the casino will set it at $.05 denom.  It is one of the most successful of the Reel Power games made by Aristocrat.   This is game where you buy the reels instead of the lines.   In order to play all five reels you pay 25 credits and that gives you 243 ways to win.  To cover all lines you bet 25 credits and your max bet is 200 credits.

This game was covered by an Aristocrat patent that was fought by IGT and found to be invalid.  IGT’s most recognizable game of the 243 lines type is Aztec Temple.

There bonus on this game is the free spins.  You can win 10, 15 or 20 free spins with 3, 4 and 5 coins.   During the free spins you get paid 3x’s and 5x’s for patterns with the wild symbols in the second and fourth reels.

There are many subtle and entertaining features of this game.  The coins say “Veni, Vedi, Vici” quoting Julius Caesar, which means “I came, I saw, I conquered.”  The Volcano shakes the screen during big wins, as if Vesuvius is erupting and covering Pompeii again.

This game is high volatility.  Volatility is a technical math term which describes how long it takes for a game to show its true payout.   As a player this means that the higher the volatility of a game, the more likely you are to win big, but you are also more likely to go longer between big wins.  It is a trade off.  Most people tend to like a higher volatility games.   That is one of the reasons that Pompeii is so popular.


Example of a win during the bonus round on Pompeii

All in all, this game is so good that we are putting it into our hall of fame for slot machine games!

Here is some more information on Pompeii.   We have added the paytable image here.  Obviously the top symbol is the dolphin symbol.  During a free spin, if you hit five of the dolphin symbols with a volcano wild on the 2nd and 4th reel it pays a huge 30,000 credits.

pompeii paytable

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