Playtech Slots Review – Gladiator


The Playtech Gladiator slot game is based on the movie of the same name, starring Russell Crowe. Several characters from the movie including Maximus, Commodus, Lucilla and Proximo appear assymbols. Real photos of these characters are used, along with video footage from the film, so this game is very visually appealing.

Gladiator is a 25 payline slot, with 5 reels. There are two bonus features, both of which can offer big winnings. There’s also a gamble feature where you can try to double up your payout aftera winning spin. Overall this is definitely one of Playtech’s best slot games and well worth trying out. Please read below for more details.

Betting Options

In this game, you can choose to play with any number of active pay lines from 1 to 25. You can also choose how many coins to stake per line, from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 10. At mostPlaytech casinos you can adjust the value of the coins you are playing with too. The range of coin values on offer will depend on which casino you are playing at.

Special Symbols

There are two special symbols in play in Gladiator: the scatter symbol and the wild symbol. The scatter symbol is a picture of the Coliseum with the word “scatter” at the bottom, and it canappear on all five reels. If two or more of them appear in any combination on a spin, then you will win a multiple of your total bet on that spin. Payouts are as follows:

  • 2 scatter symbols = 1 x total bet
  • 3 scatter symbols = 4 x total bet
  • 4 scatter symbols = 20 x total bet
  • 5 scatter symbols = 100 x total bet

Three or more of these symbols will also trigger the “Coliseum Bonus”, which we have explained in more detail below.

The wild symbol is a helmet, and can appear only on reels 2, 3, and 4. It can substitute for any other symbol, apart from the scatter symbol, to make a winning combination. When this symbolappears on all three reels on a single spin, the “Gladiator Bonus” is triggered. We explain this below too.

Coliseum Bonus

The Coliseum Bonus is a free spins feature, triggered when you get three or more scatter symbols. At the start of the feature you are taken to a new screen which displays four rows of stones,with five stones on each row. You have to pick a stone from the bottom row, which determines how many free spins you’ll be awarded.

After each pick you may be awarded further picks, or you may be taken back to the main game screen for your free spins. Further picks can award more free spins, prize multipliers, additionalscatter symbols, and additional wild symbols.

The feature cannot be retriggered in full during free spins, but three additional free spins are awarded if the emperor symbol appears anywhere on reel 3.

Gladiator Bonus

The Gladiator Bonus feature is triggered when the wild symbol appears on reels 2, 3, and 4. During this feature a total of 9 helmets appear on the screen. Each one of these can be bronze, silver,or gold and each type is worth a different cash prize. You win the total value of all the helmets added together.

Gamble Feature

Any time you have a winning spin you have the option of gambling your payout. To do this you simply click the “Gamble” button that is highlighted after a winning spin. You’ll then be taken to adifferent screen where you have to choose whether the next card to be turned over is going to be red or black. If you guess correctly, you’ll double your payout, but if you guess incorrectlyyou’ll lose your payout.

You can choose to gamble again after each successful double up, but most Playtech casinos have a limit to the maximum you can win from this feature. This limit varies from one casino to another,and may also depend on how much you are staking per spin.


There’s no progressive jackpot to be won in Gladiator, which is possibly the only real negative about this slot game. The top prize is not exactly small though, at 5,000 times your line bet. Thisis won if you spin five of the emperor symbol on an active pay line.

Other Versions

There’s one other version of the Playtech Gladiator slot, called Gladiator Jackpot. This is virtually the same as the main game but with the addition of a progressive jackpot. This can be wonduring the Gladiator Bonus round, if all 9 of the helmets that appear are gold.