Gladiator is a slot game based on the Ridley Scott film of the same name. It features imagery from the film and it comes with five reels and three rows. There are 25 paylines and in addition to the standard in-game prizes Gladiator also comes with a progressive jackpot that seeds at £50,000.
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Gladiator Slots Online
Gladiator is an online slot based on the most famous gladiator of all times – Maximus, or to be more specific on the film version featuring Russell Crowe. This is a Playtech game and if you have played a few slots and know a thing or two about the online slots industry you are surely familiar with Playtech and their work. Playtech is regularly listed as one of the three most renowned slot providers, together with NetEnt and Microgaming.
Gladiator Slot Overview
When you launch the Gladiator slots game, you’ll notice that it is based very closely on the film, featuring official images and clips. That is pretty neat and it’s not always the case with all online slots. In fact, for many games, operators aren’t allowed to use official symbols, signs and videos and in that case they resort to a tactic where they make sure that players realise what the game is based on but without using actual symbols and insignia. Often, they would give the name a name that’s similar to the one that they want the game to be associated with, or use symbols that are easily recognisable, but not exact copies.
Enough on games where operators aren’t allowed to use official signs and symbols, let’s talk about Playtech’s Gladiator. So, the origin of this game is pretty clear, as we’ve said already. Haven’t seen the film yet? No worries, the slot will give you a glimpse of what Gladiator is all about. If you have watched Gladiator and you’d like a bit of a reminder, this is the slot to go for.
How To Play Gladiator
Before you spin the reels of Gladiator slot, you’ll need to select your wager. You’ll notice a button in the bottom left corner where you can select a coin value in the amount between 1p and £5. Seen as there are 25 paylines, the minimum wager is 25p, whereas the maximum amount that you can wager per spin is £125.
Not all paylines have to be active, i.e. you get to choose how many paylines you’d like to activate, there’s a line button at the bottom of the screen and clicking this will change the number of active paylines. When you start the game, in default mode, all paylines are active, but if you click the button it goes to just one active payline and then you can increase the number by clicking on the button, until it reaches 25 again.
You can adjust both the value of the coin and the number of coins that you place per payline, but both have an impact on the amount that’s wagered per line. Winnings are calculated depending on the value of the combination and the amount that was wagered per line. So, for instance, if you set the coin size at 10p and you’re wagering on all paylines with five coins per line – you’ll be better 50p per line and the total wager would be £12.50. In this case the winnings will be multiplied by 50p.
In addition to the standard ‘Spin’ button, you can use the ‘Autospin’ feature and set the reels to spin in continuation for a number of times. You can select the number of spins, but you can stop the ‘Autospin’ at any point, you won’t have to play through the total number of spins that you select initially.
How To Win Gladiator
Gladiator slot symbols can be divided into two groups – high value and low value symbols. The symbols of lower value include standard card-symbols - 9, 10, J, Q, K and A. All more valuable symbols are characters from the film: Maximus, Proximo, Juba, Lucilla, Commodus and Gracchus. Commodus is the most valuable of the standard symbols, but it is fair to say that Maximums is actually the wild symbol and it can replace all other symbols, but it also starts the main bonus feature.
The number of instances of the same symbol across an active payline that are needed for a win depends on the symbol in question. For the symbols of lower value you need three instances for a win, but when it comes to the more valuable symbols like Commodus, Lucilla and the Scatter the number of symbols sufficient for a win is two.
When playing the Gladiator slot game, you must land combinations of three symbols or more in order to receive a cash payout. However, some symbols, including Commodus, Lucilla and the Colosseum scatter, will pay out for combinations of just two.
Commodus is also the highest paying symbol in this slot game and if you land a combination of five across the reels on any active payline, you’ll receive an impressive 5000x your coin size.
Gladiator Slot Bonus Features
This slot game comes with few bonus features. Here’s some more information on the Gladiator slot bonus features.
The Colosseum Bonus
This bonus feature is triggered when three of the Colosseum scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels. You’ll then need to pick stones to reveal prizes, starting from the bottom row.
Each row contains a different type of prize; the first contains free games, the second contains free game win multipliers and the third row contains extra scatter symbols. The extra scatter triggers a win and the prize is multiplied by the total wager, not the line bet, using the original symbol’s paytable. The fourth row contains extra wild symbols.
For each pick, you’ll not only win a prize but also one of four options: collect all of the prizes in the selected column, pick another prize in the row above, or pick another prize in the same row. THe last alternative is collect the prize and continue to free games.
The Colosseum Bonus cannot be retriggered during free games, but, if Commodus lands on reel three during the free games, then three more free games are awarded.
The Gladiator Bonus
When three Gladiator slot helmet bonus symbols land anywhere on reels two, three and four, the Gladiator Bonus is triggered. You can then pick from a range of nine helmets, revealing different prize values of either gold, silver or bronze. The helmet wins are added up and then applied to your real money balance.
The Gamble Feature
After each win, you can guess whether or not the next card will be red or black, using the Gamble Feature. Guessing correctly will double your previous win, although if you guess incorrectly, you’ll lose it. After each correct guess, you can either collect your win and return to the main game or guess again. You can keep gambling until you either lose or reach a limit of £1,000.
The RTP percentage of Playtech’s Gladiator slot is 94.10%, which might not be the highest theoretical return, but then again, there are plenty of games with a lower RTP. You need to bear in mind that the RTP is calculated over a large number of spins, so it doesn’t mean that the RTP will be reflected in a single gaming session. In fact, the fewer spins you play, the less likely it is for the RTP of the particular session to match the game RTP.
Gladiator is one of the best movie-themed slots, and many players actually agree that this is one of the best slots by Playtech. When it comes to graphics, this game doesn’t feature particularly vivid or interactive visual elements, but they used actually imagery from the film. Overall, the game looks quite decent even though it was launched a decade ago – in 2009.
In addition to the standard Gladiator slot game, Playtech also released a jackpot version few years later with the jackpot prize seeding at £50,000 and the biggest win amounting to over £3 million. The RTP might be slightly below average, but not by a large margin.