Released: January 2018
Free Spins: Yes
Scatter symbol: Yes
Take a trip to the Eternal City and visit Colosseum, an amphitheatre in the centre of Rome where armed combatants fight to entertain public. Brought to you by Playtech, Gladiator Road to Rome is, after Gladiator and Gladiator Jackpot, the third instalment of the series fully based on the 2000 movie directed by Ridley Scott. The story behind the slot revolves around victorious general Maximus Decimus Meridius who is reduced to slavery and rises as a gladiator to avenges the murders of his family and Emperor Marcus Aurelius killed by his son Commodus. If you are into history-themes slots, stay with us to learn what the Playtech branded title has to offer.
Released in January 2018, the slot is a real spectacle with the reels set within Colosseum and looking as if made of stone. High-value symbols are portrayed as movie characters including Maximus or Gladiator played by Russell Crow, Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), Lucilla (Connie Nielsen), Proximo (Oliver Reed) and Tigris of Gaul with a mask played by Sven-Ole Thorsen. Once you complete a winning combo with any of high-value symbols, the original footage from the movie is played. Poker card symbols from 9 through A deliver low-value payouts.
Gladiator Road to Rome benefits from three special symbols – Gladiator assuming the role of Wild, a shield with weapons acting as Scatter and a helmet representing the Bonus symbol. The role of each special symbol will be explained further in the review.
The Playtech 2018 release uses a standard 5×3 layout and 25 fixed paying lines. There is nothing special about the way the game works. All you have to do is to pick a preferred total bet value by pressing the + and – buttons. The slot comes equipped with Turbo Mode and the Auto Play feature allowing you to activate up to 99 spins that will play without interruption. This is a great option if you want to be totally immersed in the action taking place on the screen.
When it comes to bonus features, Gladiator Road to Rome can be highly rewarding. Throughout the game, Gladiator will turn into Wild whenever he covers any of the reels entirely thus helping you complete more winning combos and win bigger payouts. Helmet Bonus shows up only on the three central reels and once three of a kind occur on the reel 2, 3 and 4, the Gladiator Bonus feature is triggered with nine golden, silver and bronze helmets awarding cash prizes. If you manage to get 9 golden helmets, you will win a progressive jackpot which increases with every bet placed on the game.
Land 3 or more Scatters and you will trigger Colosseum Free Games equipped with modifiers. Before you enter the arena, pick from 12 shields to reveal modifiers that will boost your winning chances during the bonus game. You can reveal 5 Extra Free Games, Win Multiplier up to 3x, Symbol Payout Boost that increases the payout delivered by a chosen symbol up to 5x, Extra Wild Symbol, Symbol Pays as Scatter and Gladiator Wild Nudge that will push Gladiator symbol appearing partially to cover the reel completely and turn into Wild.
With a progressive jackpot and the top fixed jackpot of 1,000 coins, Playtech’s Gladiator Road to Rome has a nice winning potential, especially if you manage to unlock free spins and get multipliers that will apply to your wins from them. Its betting range spreads between $0.25 and $125, which makes the game affordable for both beginners and high-rollers. This is a slot of medium volatility with an RTP of 95.05%. The maximum possible payout during regular play is 25,000 coins and it can go up to 75,000 coins during free spins. The progressive jackpot is standing at $50,000 at the moment of writing this review.
Slot machines based on historical stories can provide you with an epic gaming experience undoubtedly, but they typically don’t appeal to a large number of players. However, thanks to its bonus features and great appearance, the Playtech branded slot machine could attract even those who are not that into the Roman Empire and gory battle scenes. Payouts land on a regular basis and every now and then you will trigger the Gladiator Bonus or Colosseum Free Spins feature which can provide you with hefty winnings and even the progressive jackpot. The free spins round is entertaining given that it is interactive and offers modifiers that can make it more lucrative. Because of rewarding bonus features, we can turn a blind eye to generic playing card symbols included in the paytable. The game is available for mobile play too, so you should consider giving it a try from the comfort of your home or on the go.