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The Roman Gladiator has become a bit of an icon when it comes to slot games. There are lots of games based
on Ancient Rome and there are now 3 Gladiator slots online: Microgaming and Playtech both confusingly have
Gladiator slots - Playtech actually released two versions of theirs - while WMS have a new terrestrial game
called Spartacus, Gladiator Of Rome which uses the Colossal Reels concept.
But of the Gladiator slots (and any of the Rome-themed games for that matter) it's
probably little surprise that Playtech's lovely looking Gladiator Slot released back in 2008
is the most popular as it's based on the movie of the same name and features stills and video sequences.
Aside from original game discussed below,
Playtech have released the "Gladiator Jackpot" edition which, according to a Playtech game-spec document I was shown, seems to
have a slightly lower RTP (91.4% including a 1% jackpot contribution, as opposed to 94% on the original version)
but obviously gives players the chance to hit a progressive jackpot. Essentially though, that fact aside, both games are
pretty much identical.
And I have to say, although I thought no online slot would ever tempt me away from my favourite
Thunderstruck slot, I was wrong.
Playtech's Gladiator slot looks awesome and I played it solidly when it came out in 2008. The novelty
has worn off a bit now, but mainly because new slots have come along and grabbed my attention. And there is
only so much time in my day (and money in my bank account!).
What sets Gladiator apart from most other slots is not just the awesome sound-bites and the video interludes
from Ridley Scott's epic Gladiator movie, but the free spins bonus round is pretty unique, albeit with a nod to
Novomatic's popular land-based Book Of Ra game with it's integration of the expanding
scatter idea! Triggered by getting 3 (or more) Colosseum (Coliseum) symbols in view, you then randomly
get awarded an extra scatter symbol which can really pay out big, as the
Gladiator Slots Gallery will prove! It doesn't happen often, but when it does...!
Gladiator also has a second bonus round - the "Gladiator Bonus" which is a nice bit of eye candy, but
doesn't pay back in the same way. This is trigerred when the 3 Wild symbols appear anywhere on reels
2,3 and 4 together. You get 9 Gladiator helmets and each one reveals a prize of either 1x, 3x or 5x
your total bet. I've noticed that, depending on where you choose to play the Gladiator slot, a predictable pattern emerges
on this bonus which is presumably geared up to the RTP.
The casinos listed below the video (below) all have both games. Please note I had a freeplay version
on here at one point but have moved it to the OCV Gladiator slot page where it sits alongside several other great games.
Gladiator Slot Video (Jackpot Version)
Safe Casinos with Gladiator Slots
About The Casinos
All of the online casinos listed above are safe and reputable places to play online. They each
have the Playtech Gladiator slot available in the Download version of the casino and more often than not in the
Instant Play "Flash" version too.
For the record, Gladiator is a 25 line video slot with wild symbols on reels 2,3 and 4 which
also trigger a bonus feature. The "Coliseum" scatter symbol triggers the free spins bonus when
3 or more land in view. You get to pick several blocks to reveal your free spins and multiplier.
Sometimes Gladiator only gives you 12 spins at 2x but at other times it will give you between 7 and
9 free spins with an extra scatter symbol and occasionally, an extra wild symbol. This is where the
big payouts come into play if you get lucky.
Check out the Gladiator slots gallery