Gladiator Pokie Game
Playtech was something of a master of creating online pokies based on popular movies long before even Microgaming and Net Entertainment got involved and that’s evidenced not only by their excellent selection of Marvel pokies, but also games like Gladiator. While the inspiration isn’t completely in your face like on some games, this is nevertheless a pokie that will appeal to all sorts of players whether they’re fans of the movie or not. Photorealistic graphics and some great themed features come together in style to make for a truly entertaining experience.
Game Type: Video Pokie
Win Lines: 25
Special Features: Coliseum Bonus, Gladiator Bonus, wilds, jackpots
Top Prize: Progressive jackpot
Playtech has stuck fairly rigidly to the concept of 25 win lines on its pokies, especially those that come from the same generation as Gladiator. It’s all about ensuring that the games appeal to as wide an audience as possible and the game is made even more accessible by the fact that individual lines can be switched on or off as you see fit. Aside from that, you’ll just need to decide on a line bet, with that number multiplied by the number of lines making for the total stake. That’s all there is to it before it’s time to get spinning.
The first of the features on offer on Gladiator is the Coliseum Bonus, which requires three coliseum scatters to trigger. Hitting that combination anywhere on the board will take players to a second screen containing four levels, labelled as free spins, multiplier, extra scatter and extra wild. Each of these levels contains a series of stones and you can take your pick to reveal the relevant prize. As you’d expect, the first level is all about determining the number of free spins you’ll receive, with the second row deciding upon a multiplier amount to apply to every spin. The same principle applies to the remaining two rows, with your pick determining how many of each symbol is added to the game board for the bonus round. While you can’t trigger the round again in full, landing the evil Commodus on the third reel will add more spins to your cumulative total.
That feature is backed up by the Gladiator Bonus and you’ll need a helmet scatter on each of reels two, three and four for access. This round takes place on another screen – one packed with nine gladiator helmets to be precise. Rather than actually picking from the symbols, they’re all awarded automatically and allow for a timely bankroll boost that depends on the number of gold, silver and bronze helmets in play.
One thing that Gladiator does have in common with the Marvel pokies is that it also manages to cram in its very own progressive jackpot. This can be won at random while participating in either of the two main bonus features spotlighted above.
Game Culture’s Opinion
Gladiator is a game that will appeal mostly to fans of the movie – or perhaps just Russell Crowe! However, it is a fun game in its own right for many of the same reasons as the Marvel pokies as it brings great themed features and a large jackpot to the table too. Essentially, Ancient Rome fans and general players alike will find something to love about this poker machine and we’d definitely recommend giving it a spin.