Gladiator Slot Review
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Gladiator is a video slot from Betsoft, with 30 paylines, bonus features, fantastic 3D Flash graphics, and plenty of action. The game can be played for free or with real money, with bets ranging from 1 to 5 coins per line, and coin size from 0.05 to 1. There is also a jackpot available at 2000 coins. The game developer Betsoft has done a great job with this colourful and exciting video slot, which offers both a “Click Me feature”, and the bonus game “The Gladiator Battle”.
Theme, characters and environment
We have all (hopefully) seen the Gladiator and probably not once, but many times. It is one of those movies that are timeless and that you cannot get tired of. In this game we get to battle against the house edge with swords, horses and spinning reels with the general Maximus Decimus Meridius. Amongst the symbols we see the following characters:
- The Hero, the Villain, the Princess
- The Horse, the Door (bonus symbol)
- The Tiger, the Bag of Gold
- The Sword and Shield
- …and the magnificent Colosseum!
History and background
Gladiator the movie came out 2000 and it was directed by Ridley Scott, who is also known for Alien, Blade Runner and The Martian. The biggest star in the movie is played by Russel Crowe, who portrays the Hispano-Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius. Gladiator has received many awards, with a total of 5 Oscars, and it was the second highest-grossing film of 2000. Movies that become this popular all over the world become legendary in their own right, so it is no surprise that there are two video slots with this particular title.
Theme and characters
Betsoft’s Gladiator video slot is based on the wonderful movie Gladiator. It stay true to the theme with portraits of actors and actresses in the symbols, which is a big plus for the big fans. You have a classic story of a hero and his princess, and interestingly enough these are the two symbols that can turn into wild symbols if they land on the right payline.
Environment and atmosphere
Get ready for battle because this is an action game, with cool sound effects and an exciting soundtrack that fits perfectly with the theme. Just like the movie this game is all about fighting for what is right and fighting for power. In this case – fighting for the jackpot that you deserve! And having a good time while doing so.
Symbols and soundtrack
The movie has a great soundtrack, and so does this game. In combination with the symbols it is a complete gaming experience. As for the value of the standard symbols per line bet when you get 5 of the same, the Hero pays 400x, the Villain pays 400x, the Horse pays 100x, and the rest pay between 25x up to 75x.
Both the Hero and the Princess are very special symbols, as they can turn into wilds depending on where they show up on the reels. The magic real is number three, and when the Hero or Princess appear in the right position, they also expand. Although they do not pay anything on their own, they do what wilds generally do and substitute for other symbols to complete winning combinations.
The Door is a bonus symbol, and the Colosseum is scatter. If you get the Hero, the Villain and the Colosseum in a row on any active payline on the three middle reels, the bonus game “Gladiator Battle” is activated. And this is our favourite feature in the Gladiator slot, because you get to pick your Gladiator and go into battle!
Just like we prefer, this game has a couple of interesting bonus features on offer. There is both a Click Me Feature and a bonus game called The Gladiator Battle. So with the right luck on your hands you can really maximize your bets in this game.
Click Me feature
The Click Me feature is activated when you get a minimum of three Door symbols in one spin. When this happens you get to choose one of the symbols for an instant reward. Once an instant win is revealed you get to click again, until you see the word “Co¬lle¬ct”, meaning that the feature has come to an end.
The Gladiator Battle
This is a fantastic bonus game, which is activated when the Hero, the Colosseum and the Villain shows up on reels 2, 3 and 4 in one spin, on the first three pay-lines. In this battle you can choose which Gladiator you want to be, and you get to attack and block your way to a saucy bonus credit if you have what it takes to win a battle Gladiator style.
There is no set wild symbol in this game, but both the Hero and the Princess symbols become wilds when they land on reel 3. The Hero can land anywhere on reel three to become wild, but the Princess must land on the top position on reel 3 in order to transform. The Hero symbol expands into a full Wild Reel, and the Princess turns the two symbols below her into wilds. In this case, all 3 wild symbols payout 2x for wins. These wilds don’t generate any winnings on their own, but they will do what wilds always do; substitute for other symbols (Scatter and Bonus symbols excluded).
The Colosseum is the scatter symbol, which generates a payout no matter where it shows up on the reels. With this symbol you can get up to 15’000 coins. The scatter also rewards the player with 750 credits when they get a scatter five times on any active payline. In other words, keep an eye out for this symbol as it has a lot to offer!
The Door is the Bonus symbol that activates the “Click Me” Feature. It does not payout anything on its own though. In the bonus feature game you click on the options in front of you to win as much cash as possible.
Pros and cons of the slot
This game is a must for anyone who likes Gladiator the movie, because it builds on the theme very well and offers a complete gaming experience. It is entertaining, full of excitement and the Gladiator Battle bonus game is lots of fun, with lucrative payout possibilities.
- Exciting bonus features
- Very well-made game
- Action-filled video slot
- Two wild symbols
- Not always high payouts
- No progressive jackpot
- Lacks autoplay mode
There are a few video slots out there on a similar theme, such as Gladiator Road to Rome, Rome Warrior, Luxury Rome, Gladiator Jackpot, Gladiator from Playtech and Spartacus Gladiator of Rome.
Where to play
This game can be played at a variety of online casinos, like SlotsUp, Slotozilla, Cashmio Casino, Videoslots and Bgo. If you register a new casino account you can get a welcome bonus with both free spins and money to play for.