Gladiator pokie review

Gladiator pokie review

Playtech pokies are some of the best on the Internet as they include titles which are based on some of the greatest films, television series and comics available. One title includes Gladiator and due to the partnership between the provider and Dreamworks we are delivered real clips from the film as we play for real money.

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Gladiator features bonus rounds, great minimum and maximum betting limits for low to high limit players, and a huge range of payouts. Overall, just like the movie, Gladiator is a great game and one of the best online slots releases.

Gladiator format

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Change the coin size to adjust your bet on Playtech’s Gladiator

Playtech’s Gladiator pokie features 25 paylines across 5 reels. Players can opt to have a minimum of one payline activated. or have more than one with right up to 25 available.

Coin sizes range from 0.01 to 5.00 resulting in a minimum of $0.01 and a maximum of $125 per spin making it a great pokie for all bankrolls.

You can adjust the bet size via the buttons below the reels – the coin size is just above the ‘Info’ button and can be easy to miss. Once you’ve decided on a set bet per spin you can either press ‘Spin’, or play a set number of spins automatically by clicking the amount you want to play and then on the ‘Auto Start’ button.

You will also notice a Gamble button which can be found under the the reels where you can double your winnings – we go in-depth about this function under the bonus features section.

Gladiator symbols and payouts

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Huge payouts are available on Playtech’s Gladiator

The symbols are represented beautifully via the actors images from the medieval film, but the 9, 10, J, Q, K, and A symbols are still used for the low payouts. You need at least three of a kind of these types of symbols to win with the A symbol offering the top payout of them all.

The middle paying symbols are represented by the actors including Proximo, played by Richard Reed; Juba, played by Djimon Hounsou; and Gracchus, played by Derke Jacobi. Spin three of a kind on an active payline for a payout.

The top paying symbols include Commodus, played by Joaquin Phoenix, and Lucilla played by Connie Nielsen. Both of these symbols only require two of a kind for a payout too.

Other symbols which are important include the Scatter, represented by the Colosseum, and the Bonus symbol, which is the Gladiator helmet – the latter only appears on reels 2, 3, and 4. We detail their functions below.

Gladiator bonus features

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You can win huge payouts on Playtech’s Gladitor with their Bonus features

Playtech are famous for including a huge range of features, which can be seen in this Gladiator title.

If you manage to spin three Scatter symbols you will trigger the Colosseum bonus where the rows will transform into stones. Each row contains a different prize – the first reveals free spins, the second reveals multipliers, the third offers extra Scatters for bigger wins, and the fourth row offers extra Wild symbols. Every symbol you pick you can then either click collect, pick another prize in the same row or the above row, or collect and continue to the free spins.

The Gladiator Bonus is triggered via the three Bonus symbols and here players watch as random helmets coloured Gold, Silver, and Bronze appear, with Gold offering the biggest payouts. The total is added up once all nine have appeared and winnings are credited to your account.

Players can also double their winnings by clicking the Gamble button after a win. This will transform the screen to where you will be able to double your winnings by guessing whether the card will be Red or Black. While there’s no house edge to this option and it offers a true 50/50 chance at winning, we don’t recommended always gambling your winnings as you can easily lose them here.

Audio and graphics

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Watch clips from the move Gladiator on Playtech’s pokie

We love a pokie based on a film as we get to see our favourite actors. However, this title is missing something and his name is Russell Crowe. For whatever reason – perhaps licensing rights to use his image – the actor who plays the main character, Maximus is missing. However, we get to see the other actors and actresses, plus clips from the film make up for his absence.

The audio is quite subdued – there’s no build up on a spin and you can still hear the reels spinning and stopping which is quite disappointing as it is a licensed title. We were hoping for a soundtrack from the film, but you can always mute it via the audio icon in the top right hand corner and play the soundtrack in the background through YouTube.

Our thoughts on Gladiator by Playtech

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This Playtech pokie is quite underwhelming in comparison to the other titles on offer from the top software provider. While it is a nice feature to see clips from the film, we’re missing Crowe who is the main star of the movie.

The bonus features of the Gladiator slot are quite interactive however and when we triggered the Gladiator bonus the clip featuring Djimon Hounsou and Joaquin Phoenix made the $26.90 win on a $2.50 spin quite entertaining. We also triggered the Bonus quite a few times. It took us a while to trigger the Colosseum Bonus however, but when we did it was well worth the wait.