When the latest of the long line of video games based in Ancient Rome was released late in 2019, “Story of a Gladiator” immediately started to receive some positive feedback. It was praised for very effectively bringing back to life the age of the Roman gladiator as the hero who has to battle twelve increasingly difficult stages to become the eventual champion of the Colosseum. Its fast pace and varied challenges have been singled out for praise so it’s very likely that it has helped to build up some general interest in this kind of game.
Anyone who has had their interest piqued by it might also like to consider another type of game, again set in Ancient Rome, but which can win an actual cash jackpot. Quite logically, It’s called “Gladiator: Jackpot” and from its title you can already see that it has plenty of things in common with the video game. The difference is that, like other jackpot slot games, it offers players the chance to win up to £500,000 in a progressive prize that continues to rise as more people play. And, because it’s from Playtech, who are one of the biggest names in online slots design, you’re promised a quality gaming experience that should match the kind of review that “Story of a Gladiator” has been receiving.
In this case, the slot has been directly influenced by the iconic 2000 movie directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe as Maximus Decimus Meridius, a slave and gladiator set on vengeance.
When you start to play the slot, you’ll also find that a number of other characters from the movie appear on the spinning reels including Commodus, played by Joaquin Phoenix in the movie as well as Lucilla and Juba, our hero’s closes ally in the movie.
There are a total of five reels – pretty standard for a modern online slot – as well as 25 possible pay lines. As every gladiator knows, after his sword his helmet is about the most important piece of equipment he has. So it’s fitting that these are the symbols that need to start appearing if you’re going to be in with a chance of the jackpot.
Ranging from bronze to silver to gold, you need to get a total of nine of the most valuable helmets on the reels to land the biggest prize of all. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of other ways to win, as well as features that will give you free spins too.
In common with most slots games based on big-action blockbusters, “Gladiator: Jackpot” has a big, booming soundtrack which helps to add to the drama as you play. Added excitement comes from actual clips from the movie that play as you do, just to remind you exactly why it carried off no less than four Oscars including “Best Picture” in the 2001 awards.
So really there’s just one thing to say to the slot as you prepare for the experience: “We, who are about to play, salute you!”.