Gladiator slot takes you back to the days of Rome. This is a cutting edge 3D game from BetSoft, and is part of their acclaimed ‘Slots 3’ (slots ‘cubed’) range. While it is based on a 5 reel, 30 line video slot setup, this description does not do the animations or smooth game-play justice. With interactive feature rounds and the potential for big pay outs, Gladiator is a must-see slot. BetSoft titles are licensed to US as well as international casinos.
BetSoft’s Gladiator slot is reviewed in detail on this page. Directly below, you will find information on the nuts-and-bolts of playing this game. This includes the setup, bets and those all-important winning combinations. After that the special features are covered, with the ‘Battle Game’ the best of them all. I have summed up my thoughts on how this slot compares with the hundreds of others available at the end of this page.
How To Play Gladiator Slots
All of the symbols on the reels in this game are connected to the Gladiator period and to ancient Rome. When there is a winning pay line these symbols come alive and are in full 3D. If you are new to BetSoft slots, the quality of the graphics will amaze you. These have often been likened to Pixar movies and really do take full advantage of recent increases in computing power and network speeds.
Gladiator slot plays on five reels and has thirty winning lines. There is a maximum payout of $50,000. You can wager from $0.02 per line up to a $1 maximum, and select up to 5 coins per line. This makes the min bet 60c and the max bet $150.
This slot does not have any of the usual playing card icons as the low value cards. Low value symbols are represented by a golden chalice, a bag of coins, a flag and a chariot horse. Pay outs for 5 of a kind are reasonably large even for the ‘lower’ symbols for example; five chariot horses will pay you 3,500 coins. The higher value symbols are represented by two different Gladiators, two types of weapon with shield and a tiger. The Gladiators will pay you 10,000 coins if you hit five of a kind.
An interesting feature in this slot is that you can match symbols in both directions – the right to left takes a little getting used to after years of getting familiar with left to right wins only. The Coliseum is the scatter symbol. If you land five of these anywhere on the reels you will win a huge 15,000 coin payout.
Instead of standard Wild symbols, there are several special symbols which trigger different behavior and bonuses on the reels, these are explained below.
Gladiator Bonus Features
The main feature round on this slot is the Gladiator Battle Game. First I have covered the special symbols which can also trigger bonus features.
The Princess Symbol: If the Princess Symbol appears on the top line of any reel she will trigger an animation where she throws petals down on the symbols below her on the same reel. Each of these symbols turn into a 2x multiplier Wild Symbol.
The Hero Gladiator Symbol: If the Hero Gladiator symbol appears on the center reel, the entire reel is covered by a marble column, which the gladiator will destroy to reveal a Wild Reel.
The Door Symbols: The Door Symbols are a ‘Click Me’ round. You’ll be asked to select one of the three door symbols to either reveal a prize. When the word COLLECT appears, this bonus round will end. Each door is worth a lot of credits, so it is possible to collect a lot of winnings during this bonus game.
The Gladiator Battle Game
This is the most complex of the bonus games and begins whenever the Hero, the Coliseum and Villain symbols land on the reels consecutively on the first three reels or the middle three reels. If this happens you are taken to a new screen, where you choose which of the two gladiators you want to win in the battle. If you manage to hit the other gladiator or block an attack you earn bonus coins. If you knock out the other gladiator you will win a bigger prize.
Gladiator Slot Summary
This is one of the less intensive 3D slot games from BetSoft, though it still manages to blow away the opposition in terms of graphics, animations and general smoothness of the game-play. The game has a popular theme and provides many different ways to win to keep you entertained and your bankroll nicely topped up. If you have not yet enjoyed the innovative slots from BetSoft then this will make a great starting point into their ever-improving range of games. If you are already familiar with the BetSoft games, then this is one for the shortlist.