|Game Type||A licensed slot machine with a movie motive|
|Reel Type||Spinning Reels|
|Reels||5 reels, 3 rows, 25 bet lines|
|Return to Player||94 %|
|Min bet||0.01 €|
|Max bet||10 €|
|Game features||Free spins, Wild substitutions, scatter symbols, gamble, multipliers|
Slot machines with movie licenses come in various degrees of quality - many are very basic and not particularly well made. But the Gladiator slot machine is different. Since its launch, it managed to achieve a legendary status on the crowded market, and in fact it still remains highly popular in spite of the fact that the visuals are far from fresh now.
If you're a fan of Russell Crowe, who in 2000 played Maximus Decimus Meridius and conquered not only the Colosseum but also cinemas worldwide, you might be a little disappointed. While the Gladiator slot machine does make full use of the movie theme, you won't find the face of Russell Crowe in it.
The Gladiator ages gracefully
Anyway, let's leave the protagonist aside and focus on the game itself. At its core, this is a classical 5 reel slot machine with 25 bet lines. We've already mentioned that the age of the slot machine is clearly visible on its visuals. But it's not as bad as one might expect. The reels themselves contain classic slot machine letters as well as images of the main characters in the movie. The smug emperor, played by Joaquim Phoenix, is also present (to our dark side's pleasure). The short movie sequences that appear when a winning combination occurs are also a nice touch.
The audio aged a bit better than the graphics. These are based on the sounds and music in the movie, and are well done. Even though they do become a bit stale over time, this is at least partially resolved by the fact that they change and become more dramatic during special functions.
Bonus Games in the Gladiator
The slot machine's special functions are excellent. Let's start with the Gladiator bonus. To launch it, you need to get three or more Wild symbols, represented by Maximus Decimus (who is masked - the fact that he's played by Crowe is not visible at all). If that happens, reels 2, 3 and 4 change and you'll see that they now contain a gladiator helmet. The helmet appears in three colors representing three values; these determine the amount you'll win. That means that in total you'll see 9 helmets, and the sum of their values is your win. And if you want more, you can always try the gamble function. Your task is to choose a color and hope that it appears again. If yes, your win is doubled, and otherwise you lose everything.
An even more interesting bonus is the Colosseum bonus. To get it, you need 3 or more Scatter symbols, which are represented by the famous gladiator arena. As soon as that happens, you'll see 4 rows of stones in front of you. You'll pick one stone in each row; each stone you pick will reveal how much you win. Each row has its own set of prizes you can get:
- The first row contains a number of free spins; these are played immediately after the bonus game ends.
- The second row determines the winning multiplier during the free spins.
- The third row determines how many Scatter symbols are added during the free spins.
- And the final fourth row determines how many Wild symbols are added during the free spins.
That means that if you have a bit of luck and get the right combination, you can quickly get to very impressive sums. And the cherry on top? If you manage to find our "favorite" emperor during the free spins (which are also accompanied by truly epic music), you get up to three extra free spins.
The Gladiator slot machine certainly deserves a try
In spite of its older age, we can't say that the Gladiator is a bad slot machine. On the contrary. It plays very well and offers a lot of action and excitement. The generous bonus games of Gladiator slot machine are one of its greatest appeals. And if you want to try it out and see whether it's the right game for you, you are free to do so free of charge at any of your favorite casinos or directly on our website.