Gladiator of Rome Slot Machine
Gladiator of Rome is a 5 reel, 20 pay line slot machine developed by 1X2 Gaming for online casinos.
Gladiators were armed fighters who battled in arenas and smaller venues to entertain citizens of the Roman Empire.
Most gladiator contests included slaves and condemned criminals. But animals and volunteers, including wealthy Senators and skilled soldiers, were sometimes involved in these battles too.
Although gladiators were often looked down upon in Roman society - especially the slaves and criminals - these warriors could gain admiration and popularity among the crowds
While it's a common myth that most gladiator fights ended in death, with an emperor giving a thumb up or down order, dying was always a risk.
With its dramatic music and serious tone, Gladiator of Rome represents this dangerous element.
What else can you expect from this slot?
Find out as we cover Gladiator of Rome's music, sound effects, animations, pay table, graphics, bonus features, and betting options. We'll also compare this game to a couple of other gladiator themed slot machines.
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Gladiator of Rome Slot Machines Overview
The Roman Empire stretched for thousands of miles, spanning from the lush Mediterranean Coast to the deserts of Egypt.
The latter seems like an appropriate location for this slot because the background features sand dunes and a dilapidated coliseum in the background.
The old coliseum could also point to this being a game that begins in a modern setting near ruins, before looking back at the gladiator era.
In either case, this isn't the most detailed background, and it could just as easily serve as the setting for an Egyptian treasure hunting game.
We'd prefer to see a background that takes us inside of the coliseum, or at least ancient Rome, where many of the biggest and most famed gladiator battles took place.
Another odd element to the background is that you'll see the phrase "Are You Not Entertained?" under the reels.
These are the same words that Russell Crowe, Maximus Decimus Meridius, barks out in the 2000 film Gladiator. While the phrase became classic in the movie, it feels cheesy when thrown in Gladiator of Rome.
On a side note, Playtech's Gladiator slot is one of the games that we'll compare to this slot later.
The music that plays throughout the main game is appropriate because it's a climatic tune that represents the seriousness of these battles.
If you've ever seen Gladiator or any similar fighting movie, the powerful score combined with chanting will sound familiar.
While we're fans of the music, the sound effects during winning payouts are nothing special. You'll hear a trumpet sound for any type of winning payout, which is reminiscent of how Romans started gladiator battles.
We're not saying that the sound effect is bad; it just doesn't add anything to the game when you hear it over and over again.
Animations in Gladiator of Rome include: a gladiator thrusting his gladius downward, slave gladiator going berserk, shield tilting to block an arrow, sword spinning around the Medusa shield, and gold coins flashing.
This provides a nice mix of animations during winning payouts and also does a good job of embodying the game's theme.
Gladiator of Rome Pay Table and Graphics
Below you can see the symbols and payouts for Gladiator of Rome:
Serving at the game's main character, this shirtless gladiator substitutes for any symbol except the bonus icon to form payouts. The Gladiator of Rome offers no payouts on his own and doesn't multiply wins.
Appearing only on reels 2, 3, and 4, these two fighting gladiators deliver 30 free spins when they appear 3 or more times anywhere on the reels.
Wearing a laurel wreath, the emperor, possibly Caesar, pays the most at 2,000 coins for 5 symbols, 250 for 4, and 70 for 3.
Like the Greeks, the Romans also believed in the myth of Medusa. The snake haired Gorgon is depicted on this shield symbol, which pays 750 coins for 5 symbols, 180 for 4, and 55 for 3.
Ridden by a whip wielding gladiator, this symbol delivers 400 coins for 5 symbols, 120 for 4, and 40 for 3.
Often depicted in Roman warrior movies, the Scutum long shield pays 260 coins for 5 symbols, 75 for 4, and 20 for 3.
Featured in the 2011 film Eagle, starring Channing Tatum, the gold eagle statue delivers 220 coins for 5 symbols, 60 for 4, and 15 for 3.
Characterized by his gold helmet, red cape, and sword slung over his shoulder, this gladiator pays 180 coins for 5 symbols, 50 for 4, and 10 for 3.
Wearing a red shirt, silver helmet, and ready to strike, this warrior delivers 140 coins for 5 symbols, 40 for 4, and 4 for 3.
The gold coin with a K on it pays 120 coins for 5 symbols, 30 for 4, and 7 for 3.
The Q delivers 100 coins for 5 symbols, 25 for 4, and 6 for 3.
The J pays 80 coins for 5 symbols, 20 for 4, and 5 for 3.
The graphics in Gladiator of Rome aren't outstanding, but they at least have enough detail that you can clearly make out each symbol.
The three gladiators, gold eagle statue, and Medusa shield all look decent. The only symbol that we're not thrilled with is the chariot & horses because, minus the soldier, it looks like it could be from a Christmas slot.
One thing that we really like is how 1X2Gaming fashioned the lower paying letters into gold coins, rather than just using basic letters like most games.
Also note that the symbols and background combine to create a biblical feel. We're not saying this is a bad thing, but Gladiator of Rome may remind you of the biblical movies that are shown to children in Sunday Sabbath school.
Gladiator of Rome Slot Bonus Features
Given the action associated with gladiators, we were hoping to see a second screen bonus round in this game. Unfortunately, Gladiator of Rome doesn't have one, but you will find free spins with multipliers.
When you land 3 or more dueling gladiators, you trigger 30 free spins. This is exciting because most online slot machines only offer 10 free games.
1X2 Gaming notes, "To improve your chances of winning during Free Spins, we have removed the J and Bonus symbols from the reels, meaning there are more chances that you will win more coins."
This is nice because you'll notice more wins pile up during the free games. But this also means that you won't be able to retrigger the free spins since the bonus icon is missing.
Your first set of 10 free spins features a 1x multiplier on all wins; the second set of 10 spins offers a 2x multiplier; and the final set of 10 free spins gives you a 3x multiplier.
You can see the multiplier level in the top right hand corner of the screen. It always stays at 1x during the main game and won't increase until your second set of free games.
You can change pay lines from 1 20, coin size from $0.01 to $0.025, and coins per line from 1 5. This makes for a minimum bet of one cent and a max wager of $25.00 per spin.
Unlike most games, Gladiator of Rome doesn't have an option to change pay lines at the bottom of the screen. Instead, you must change them with the buttons on both sides of the reels.
Our one complaint with this is that all of the buttons stay highlighted, no matter how many lines you choose. This makes it difficult to remember how many lines you have selected when you choose less than 20.
The Show Winlines button is supposed to help in this matter. But when you click Show Winlines, it just looks like a big mess as every active line spreads across the reels.
One thing that we found clever is the Maximus Bet, another ode to Russell Crowe's character, which lets you quickly max out the coins per line and pay lines.
Another option lets you auto spin the reels for between 3 and 100 spins. You can either choose the preset options of 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, or use the up and down arrows to set the amount.
You'll most likely end up using the preset amounts because it's incredibly hard to control the arrows since they move so fast.
This game's win frequency is high, and we won often with 20 pay lines selected. This is to be expected because the highest payout is only 2,000 coins, which usually indicates lower volatility.
Like most slot machines, the wild symbol will appear in many of your wins, so be prepared to see the shirtless gladiator go berserk more than you'd like.
The gold coins and red shirt gladiator also form a lot of payouts.
We wish that the bonus was triggered more often because it took us around 250 300 spins before we got free games. But given that you get 30 free spins during the bonus, we understand why it doesn't come up often.
RTP for this game is 94.2%, which is low for an online slot. This is surprising to us because the win frequency was high during our session.
We figure that the frequent volume of gold coin and low paying gladiator symbols drives down the RTP. It also hurts that free spins don't come around very often.
Even still, this is a game that low rollers can enjoy because you'll experience low volatility while playing.
To access the rules, click the pay table button, then select rules in the lower left hand corner. One thing we like about this section is how you use a Medusa button to slide up and down the rules screen.
Gladiator of Rome offers standard rules for a 5 reel online slot, which you can see below:
- All wins must go left to right, beginning with the leftmost reel. The only exception is the dueling gladiators bonus symbol, which doesn't offer a payout, but rather 30 free games.
- Only the highest win from each line will be paid.
- All wins are multiplied by the coin size and numbers of coins per line, i.e. a 10 coin win at $0.25 and 5 coins would be worth $7.50.
- The outcome of each spin is randomly determined in accordance with the game's advertised rules. Gladiator of Rome behaves fairly and has been independently tested to ensure that it is in accordance with UK Gambling Commission regulations.
- The maximum prize that can be won in Gladiator of Rome is $7,500, which includes five emperor symbols 2,000 coins, $0.25 coin size, 5 coins on the winning line, and a 3x multiplier during free spins.
Comparison to Other Gladiator themed Slot Machines
The gaming world has plenty of gladiator themed slots, which makes it easy to find comparisons for Gladiator of Rome. Below you'll see how two similar games from Betsoft and Playtech stack up to this game.
This 5 reel, 30 pay line game is a generic take on gladiators with a similar feel to the 2000 Ridley Scott directed piece - only without the cheesy references to the movie as in Gladiator of Rome.
Betsoft's version opens with a quick introduction that mentions how gladiators fought for glory in the Roman Empire. You're then taken to the reels, where you'll see gladiators, horses, tigers, gold, weapons, and the Roman Coliseum.
You'll also hear a dramatic musical score that's similar to Gladiator of Rome. Both games have good tunes, but we like Gladiator's better since the music has more layers to it.
Betsoft has become known as a leader in cinematic gaming, but you won't know it from this slot. This is one of Betsoft's earlier attempts at 3D graphics, and the result looks worse when compared to Gladiator of Rome.
The true appeal to this game is its second screen bonus, which sees you pick a gladiator to win a duel. If your gladiator wins, you'll receive a larger bonus prize.
While there's no skill to this second screen bonus, it's still fun to watch the fight unfold after choosing your warrior. This bonus round shows the potential that Gladiator of Rome missed out on by only offering free spins.
Given that dozens of gladiator movies have been made over the decades, it's easy to fall into the cliche category with this subject matter. But director Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe combined their talents to create a truly memorable film in Gladiator, which still airs on TV today.
Playtech does their best job at recreating this masterpiece through their same titled 5 reel, 25 pay line online slot.
Two things stand out immediately, including the music and real life actors.
The music carries a somber tone that accurately reflects all the death in the movie.
While Crowe's character is noticeably absent from the reels, other major characters who appear in this game include: Emperor Commodus played by Joaquin Phoenix, Lucilla played by Connie Nielson, Antonius Proximo played by Oliver Reed, Senator Gracchus played by Derek Jacobi, and Juba played by Djimon Hounsou.
Bonuses include the Coliseum and Gladiator Jackpot bonus rounds. Both of these are just simple pick'em rounds that don't compare to Betsoft's version, but they offer more than Gladiator of Rome's free spins.
If you're a fan of the movie, then Playtech's Gladiator slot is the best of the trio we've discussed because it captures the film so well.
Spanning from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD, gladiator games lasted over 1,000 years. Given that these deadly games are so much a part of human history, it's little wonder why they continue to surface in the online gaming world today.
1X2 Gaming has joined in telling this historical chapter through slot machines with their game Gladiator of Rome.
Although not the top game in terms of graphics, RTP, or features, Gladiator of Rome certainly has some good qualities. Its high win frequency makes it good for low rollers, while you can also look forward to quality animations and music.
If you don't already like the gladiator genre, then this game isn't going to sway your opinion. But if you've tried Betsoft and / or Playtech's slot machines and enjoyed them, we also recommend that you give Gladiator of Rome a try too.