Free Wild Gladiators slot
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Wild Gladiators slot is exactly as the title suggests - Roman Gladiators feature on the reels and they are indeed Wild, which is great as I like to keep things simple although as we'll discover there are some quirks to our historical swordsmen. The reels are set over a background of a Roman Temple and we hear the soothing classical soundtrack increase in volume and drama as we spin into battle. Playtech have a Gladiator slot and so does Betsoft has one which are both possibly superior graphics-wise but it's the game mechanic that matters, so will our bankroll win the battle or be thrown to the lions?
On the reels...
We are granted 25 paying lines over 5 reels of 3 rows each with single icons. Well, actually there is a sixth reel which is an in-play multiplier with values from 1x to 10x on it, and you will have the value applied to any wins on that spin. The Gladiator is Wild as we guessed already and will expand if landing on the middle position of the reel only. It pays the same as the top symbol, the Emperor at 16x bet for a 5-of-a-kind win followed by the Empress at 10x, Tiger at 8x (wasn't it lions the Romans used?), Chariot 6x and Shield 4x for the full line. Five card values make the remaining pays at 3x down to 1 for a complete line.
On the 6th. multiplier reel there is a Super Wild Symbol and if this lands you will have a Wild added to every reel in a random position for one spin. It doesn't come in often and is more likely in the bonus round.
You will notice that a Golden Colosseum appears on the odd reels 1, 3 and 5. When you see all three in view you are taken to begin 10 free games with no enhancements. You can retrigger the free games too with no limit and it's here we can also get the best possible win - a full screen of expanding Wilds pays 400x bet but if you do this with the 10x showing on the 6th. reel then 4000x stake is yours, in the base game too!
Wild Gladiators slot is highly playable due to having the sixth reel benefits and so big hits can be had in the base game as well as the bonus. The graphics and sounds aren't too advanced but nevertheless smooth and crisp and unlike some games won't grind your will to play down. You are given a decent 96.17% RTP and some dramatic slow spins when the first reels have given the potential for large wins after they have stopped. I am seldom disappointed with Pragmatic Play slots and despite the shouting and slashing of this Gladiator, I found nothing to be afraid of here...