There's been a fair few Roman Gladiator themed slots in the past, including one that was named after the famous Ridley Scott film of the same name that starred Australian Russel Crowe in the title role. However, Pragmatic Play have come up with a rather new idea for their new Wild Gladiators slot.
No this doesn't mean that the Gladiators have been freed to go and live in the countryside somewhere, instead, the Wild refers to the key bonus features on the slot, one of which offers you the chance to win up to 100,000x your coin bet, which is a not inconsiderable sum considering you can bet up to 125.00 per spin (minimum bet of 0.25).
This is also a slot with six reels, the five that are customary on a slot and the sixth is a Multiplier Bonus Reel, which offers a chance to increase any win in the base game or Free Spins as well as a shot at unlocking the Super Wild feature, which is how you can land that massive jackpot prize, if you are lucky.
So will this particular Wild Gladiator be battling hard to attract customers? Will it receive the thumbs up or the thumbs down? Let's take a closer look and find out.
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If there is one aspect of the Wild Gladiators slot that I think was a little disappointing then it is the presentation. It's not so much how the reels are set up as that is fine, I just feel the graphics for the symbols look a little dated and look as if the game was first released back in 2004. I'd have liked to have seen some more appropriate symbols on the reels for the lower value wins as the playing card symbols, while easy to recognize, are a little out of place in this Roman-themed slot. The music though is very stirring and does add an excellent atmosphere to the game.
What's on the reels?
There are a total of ten standard symbols on the reels, as well as a couple of other symbols that are linked in with the main bonus features of the slot. The lower value symbols are the playing card lows, which range from the 10 through to the Ace and which offer smaller wins, often just a fraction of your total bet for a three symbol win and with these symbols you need to land five across the reels to either recoup your bet stake, or win slightly more than you wagered.
There are also five higher value symbols and these are the Roman shield, the Chariot, the tiger, the Roman lady and the Roman Emperor. Again you can win up to 8x your total stake with the higher value symbol here but of course, there is the sixth Reel, the Win Multiplier reel, which can have a massive effect on how much you win on any spin (as we will explore when we look at the bonus feature below).
The Gladiator symbol is the in game Wild and when landed in the base game it can act either as a standard Wild, replacing for another symbol on the reels (but not the Scatter) but it can also be an Expanding Wild when it lands in the middle of the reel and when it does, it will expand to cover the entire reel, which can result in some sizeable wins.
There is also a Wild feature on the Win Multiplier Reel as we will explore in the Other Bonus Features section below.
Free Spins features
The Free Spins bonus feature on the Wild Gladiators slot is triggered when you land three Scatter symbols, which are the Coliseum symbol, on the first, third and fifth reels on the same spin. When you do, this triggers 10 Free Spins, which are played through as standard spins with the sixth Multiplier Reel also spinning in this bonus feature. You can also re-trigger this bonus feature from within Free Spins which is a nice touch. The wins from this section in the game however can vary tremendously from very small amounts to much larger wins.
Other bonus features
The main bonus feature of the Wild Gladiators slot is the Multiplier Bonus Reel. This is an extra reel that sits to the right of the five main game reels and which spins every time you hit the spin button. On this reel are a number of different multipliers ranging from 1x up to 10x and when you land any win in the base game, the multiplier you land on will be applied to that win.
In addition, on the reel is a Super Wild symbol and when you land this you trigger the Super Wild Bonus, which is a free spin of the reels with an Expanding Wild available to land on each of the five reels. Land this across the reels and a 10x multiplier on the reel and you could win up to 100,000x your line bet, which is the biggest value win in the game.
Best feature of the Wild Gladiators slot
There's no doubt that the best feature on the Wild Gladiators slot is undoubtedly the Multiplier Bonus reel. The fact that this is in play on every spin and gives you access to the very lucrative Super Wild Bonus, which can produce some of the biggest base game wins, alongside multiplier wins of up to 10x the standard, this means that on every spin you feel like you are getting a little bonus alongside the standard game. The Free Spins bonus game is OK, it can produce some big wins and is re-triggerable but it can also only produce a small win too.
What does the Wild Gladiators slot lack?
I think the main thing lacking on the Wild Gladiators slot is that initial 'wow' factor as when the game gets going you realize just how much fun and how potentially lucrative the game can be. It is certainly a case of a slot you need to try for yourself, rather than judging it solely on how it looks as although this does look like an older game, the features it possesses are bang up to date and make the whole slot a really fun and occasionally rewarding game to play.
Wild Gladiators is a rather fun slot that will certainly have you coming back for more time and time again. After initially being somewhat disappointed with how the slot looks, it is very much a case of don't judge a book by its cover as beneath the rather unappealing graphics, lies a hugely entertaining slot which has plenty of bonus features and that Wild Multiplier reel which is a real game changer when it comes to making the base game entertaining. This is a fantastic slot to play and with a range of bets available, it is suitable for lower and higher stakes players equally.
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