Since its initial release in 2000, Ridley Scott’s epic movie Gladiator has influenced a wide variety of genres, from music, over TV shows, to the world of online casino slots. There are plenty of Gladiator-themed online slots that all have to thank one of the greatest and most epic movies for the inspiration. It is no surprise since the movie was and still is much beloved and stands the test of time after so many years.
Therefore it neeeded a worthy representative in the world of online slots, and who better to develop a fitting game than Playtech. They asked the emperor and the gods for guidance and decided to equip the game with 5 reels, 3 rows and a gracious 25 fixed paylines. They also threw in low-value play card suits and high-value icons that represent the movie’s main characters, namely the Gladiator, the emperor, his sister Lucilla and Proximo, who owned and trained the gladiators.
Are You Not Entertained?
As mentioned before, the online slot’s icons symbolize the movie’s main characters, with accurate depictions taken directly from the movie itself. Though very playful and colourful in its execution and entire gameplay, Gladiator might lack 3D animations and stunning visuals most slot fans have come to appreciate. However, this only means that the game won’t distract you with fancy graphics, but instead will give you a decent and memorable visual representation of the movie while you enjoy the gameplay and go in for the win.
It is also worth mentioning that the background music and overall soundtrack is as epic as the movie. It might not be Hans Zimmer playing the tunes, but the sound effects and music will nonetheless put you in the right mood and you will feel as if in the presence of the gladiators in the arena.
Gladiator’s Weapons of Choice
Among his wide range and arsenal of weapons, Gladiator will use the Gladiator helmet as Wild symbol, which can substitute for all other symbols but the Coliseum Scatter, which will in turn activate the game’s bonus feature. The Gladiator also holds a secret weapon, the progressive jackpot.
The Wild symbol, the gladiator helmet will trigger the Gladiator bonus if you land 3 helmets on the reels 2, 3 and 4. The game will then take you to a separate screen with 9 gold, silver and bronze helmets, where each helmet is worth a certain cash prize, all are added up and awarded to you. 9 gold helmets can easily ward you with the immense progressive jackpot.
Lucky one who happend to land 3 or more Coliseum Scatter symbols will activate the Coliseum bonus and taken to another screen with 4 levels that comprise of Free spins, Multiplier, Extra Scatter and Extra Wild. All you need to do is pick a stone from each individual row, beginning with the number of Free spins and add the extras to that number with multipliers, working your way upwards. When this task is complete, the Free spins bonus round will commence, but you will not be able to retrigger the bonus round while playing it, but you can gain additional spins landing Commodus on reel 3.
Of course, most online slots that go the extra mile will not go without a gamble feature. Gladiator features the standard guessing game, where you need to correclty guess whether the next card is red or black to double your wins. If you choose correctly, you will get a thumbs-up, if not, a thumbs down, which is ironically fitting for this game.
Thumbs Up for the Gladiator
It is impossible to give Playtech’s slot a thumbs down, most because it certainly entertains with its marvelous bonus features and the possibility to win 250,000 credits with a single spin. Its simple graphics make it more of a fighter than a dancer and make sure you enjoy the game itself, not the visuals.
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