BetSoft finally came out with a good looking, high energy mobile slot, with an interface that is as smooth as it’s gameplay.
If you’ve played a few BetSoft mobile slots that came out before this Gladiator slot game, you might wonder if you’ve come to the right place. Prior to this video slots release, BetSoft mobile slots worked very differently, and their mobile interface, especially, was clunkier.
The game play is faster, less loading time, you have autoplay, quickspin, skip and stop buttons… even the whole slot looks prettier, with smaller subtle icon buttons giving the slot space to breath. And considering that Gladiator mobile slot is a very old generation BetSoft casino game turned mobile, we were surprised to find the graphics and sounds had so nicely transferred to the mobile screen.
Sure, every spin sounds like you are pulling a creaky wheelbarrow over a metal door, but the loud trumpeting on every win, the bellowing of the crowd in the gladiator battle and the soft ringing tones when the princess appears, all help create a truly authentic feel. The graphics themselves are also quite exquisite, we particularly couldn’t take our eyes off the tiger when he showed up on screen.
So it pained us a little to have to give this mobile game only three stars in our review. You’ll wonder why as you spin this 5 reel, 30 line video slot and you’ll hit feature after feature, from Gladiatorial cinematic battles, to two types of expanding wilds and a simple but effective click me feature. So much happening! It even pays both ways. Why are we being so mean?
The reason is simple, this mobile slot will never make you rich. It will entertain you, it will keep your balance quite stable and, if you are really really lucky, you might even have a little on top when you walk away. Yes we like low risk mobile slots as much as the next person, but with a 92.67% low return to player rate, no free spins or big jackpots to hunt down, Gladiator is one purely for those who are after simple spins and no more.
It will have its fans, and it’s by far one of the nicer mobile BetSoft games to play, but for chances of some bigger wins, we would recommend you try True Illusions or Rook’s Revenge mobile slot for some bigger hits.
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|Mobile Slot released||November 2013 (on mobile)|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 30 Paylines|
|Coins range||0.02 - 0.50|
|Min/Max bet||0.60 / 75.00|
|Free spins||No Free Spins / No Multipliers|
|Bonus rounds||Yes - Click Me, Battle Bonus Round, Expanding Wilds|
Scatter Symbol: The colosseum is your scatter symbols and pays on any reels in any combination.
Pays Both Ways: This slot pays from left to right and from right to left. A handy way of increasing your winning chances.
Expanded Wild Princess Reel: If the Princess shows up on the 1st position of any reel, she will throw rose petals down to the two symbols immediately below her, turning the entire reel wild. Any wins made using these wild symbols are multiplied by two. As this game has no 'normal' wild, you'll be looking out for this pretty face eagerly.
Gladiator Smash Reel: Another expanded wild, but this time you need to wait for the Hero Gladiator symbol to appear on reel 3. The man himself will impressively jump across your screen and smash the entire center reel, turning it wild. More visually impressive than effective, as with no multiplier and on the center of the game, the chances of large wins are relatively rare. We prefer the princess, she is far more generous.
Click Me Colosseum Doors: As simple as it sounds. Get three or more door symbols anywhere on the reels and you'll be able to keep on clicking on any of the three doors until you hit collect. Can be quite effective in topping up your balance.
Prepare for Battle Bonus Round: Receive Hero, colosseum and Villain symbols consecutively on paylines 1, 2 or 3 on reels 2, 3 and you'll enter the colosseum itself! Play as a spectator as you bet on the winning champion and get coins for choosing correctly. Which, is actually, every time, so this is just a pretty way of giving you instant cash prize.
You hit the bonus features so often, and with two of those features being expanded wilds, you may fail to notice that this Gladiator slot mobile game comes without standard wild symbols or free spins.
This means that ultimately you'll find it next to impossible to win any significant amount on this slot, but you probably won't lose much either. Equally the interface is a fast improvement on past BetSoft mobile games AND the graphics and game play is smooth and sharp.
This is definitely a video slot for those who like their mobile games beautiful, full of action and low risk, but unlike the Gladiators of old, with no guts or glory.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 3, 2018 - Rating