Ancient Rome is a setting that gets plenty of love from slots developers and when BetSoft is on board, you know that you are going to get a player favourite that will probably look even better than any comparable titles out there. Gladiator does fit firmly into the company’s line of 3D slots although this is one of the first times that we have seen them go with proper realism on the reels. The characters and icons are not quite photorealistic but they are definitely close, and it makes for the kind of atmosphere that historical slots fans will absolutely adore. It keeps the features coming with scatters and expanding wilds and can even surprise you as the wins pop up through the fact that wins are paid both from left to right and right to left.
What to Expect
The both ways pays nature of the game is particularly pleasing to see given that this game does not compromise on the win lines in general, with players still being able to enjoy the standard thirty-line layout that is so common in the BetSoft slots range. We will say again that this game looks absolutely brilliant too, so the combination of base gameplay and graphics is a sight to behold, and we have not even started on the features!
Gladiator’s main scatter is actually surprisingly boring, as it has been designed to pay out wins in any position as normal, but does not actually lead to any kind of features. Fortunately, the princess wild is doubly useful, as she fills in for other symbols at will, and if she appears on the top row of any reel, she will throw out petals to the two symbols below, turning them wild too. All wins are doubled when this happens too.
When the Gladiator himself appears on the third reel, he will jump onto the screen and smash the reel so hard that it turns completely wild. There is nothing more to this than another expanded wild, but with both ways wins, it can be a difference maker.
Land three or more door symbols on the board and you will be able to keep on picking from them and amassing cash until you find the ‘collect’ icon. It is pretty simple, but free cash is never a bad thing on any mobile slot and that is what it delivers.
The main feature for our money is the battle bonus, and you will need the Gladiator, colosseum and opponent symbols in a row in order to enter the colosseum. There, you are now a spectator of the battle and will need to decide who to support as they fight it out. Fortunately, your pick will always win and so you are guaranteed an instant cash prize when this round plays out.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
There is not as much depth to Gladiator as it might appear, mainly because the stunning looks and animations mask some pretty simple features. This is a game for players that value the aesthetics more highly than the gameplay, as under the skin is just a simple slot with not a lot going on. However, if you are into looks, this is action that is definitely not to be missed!