Gladiator is one of the more successful online slot machine games developed by Playtech. This is a slot which can be played either as a progressive jackpot or a non-progressive jackpot slot, with the two variants commonly available side-by-side in casino sites.
Gladiator is, of course, based on the hit 2000 film of the same name, and remains a firm favourite among Playtech slot lovers many years after its release.
Look and feel
The first thing that players will notice when they sit down and start spinning the reels of the Gladiator slot machine is that the better-paying symbols are represented by characters from the film. These include Jubba, Proximo, Senator Gracchus, Lucila, and of course, the Roman Emperor, Commodus.
The second thing that players will note about this slot is that there is an absence. Russell Crowe’s Maximus is not represented on the reels due to licensing issues, but that doesn’t detract from the game whatsoever. He is represented in some form, courtesy of Maximus’ helmet, which also doubles as the game’s wild and is one of two bonus triggering symbols.
Playtech have allowed players total control over how their wagers are constructed in this slot. They can opt to select coin denominations which range from 1p to £1, although admittedly in some casinos, coin values can rise as high as £5. They can also choose to bet up to 10 of those coins per payline. All 25 paylines are adjustable, which gives this slot a minimum stake of just 1p per line per spin. Maximum bets vary from £250 up to £1,250 per spin, depending on where you play Gladiator.
Maximus’ helmet acts as a wild symbol on the second, third and fourth reels of the slot. They can replace all other symbols barring scatters. Wild symbols can also trigger a Gladiator Bonus if 3 land on the reels during a single spin.
The Gladiator bonus allows players to choose from several helmets in a 3×3 grid. Instant cash prizes increase with every bronze, silver or gold helmet you locate. In the jackpot version of this slot, this is where you can win the progressive prizes.
A free spins feature is triggered by landing 3 or more scattered Coliseum symbols on the reels in any position. Before the free spins bonus begins, players can make selections on a 5-row, 5-symbol grid. These symbols determine the number of free games a player gets, the value of multipliers in the bonus, and if they are going to be able to play with extra scatters, or extra wilds. During the free games feature, players who land Commodus on the third reel will bag 3 extra free games.