Gladiator Road to Rome is a 5 reel, 25 payline progressive jackpot slot which is powered by Playtech. The game can be played from 25p to £125 a spin across all devices including tablets and smartphones. Based on the iconic 2000 film which was directed by Ridley Scott, it comes with a Colosseum Free Games feature where you make picks to win more free spins, a multiplier, symbol payout boosts, extra wilds, scatter pay symbols and wild nudges. You can also win a life-changing progressive jackpot in the process!

Visually, Gladiator Road to Rome is a step-up from its predecessor – set inside the colosseum, it comes with an epic soundtrack. Symbols on the reels include Roman style A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9 playing cards as well as 4 characters from the film – you have Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), Lucilla (Connie Nielsen), Proximo (Oliver Reed) and Tigris of Gaul (Sven-Ole Thorsen).

You also have the Gladiator symbol which can land stacked – when it does, it will turn into a Gladiator Wild symbol. It substitutes for all symbols except the scatter and bonus symbols – it’s also the most rewarding symbol giving you 40 times your stake for 5 across a payline.

When it comes to bonus features, you have the Colosseum Free Games feature – this is triggered when 3 or more Shield and Weapons scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels. 3, 4 or 5 scatters will give you 5, 8 or 12 free spins respectively.

You are then taken to a screen where you’ll see 12 shields – pick 3 shields to reveal modifiers which are than applied to your free spins. You can benefit from:

  • Extra Free Spins – you can get 3 extra free spins for each pick
  • Win Multiplier – get a multiplier up to 3x (which can lead to a multiplier up to 9x)
  • Symbol Payout Boost – increases the payout of a randomly chosen symbol by 5 times
  • Extra Wild Symbol – a randomly chosen symbol becomes an extra wild during the feature
  • Symbol Pays as Scatter – a symbol is chosen to expand and pay non-adjacent on a payline (3 anywhere on the reels)
  • Gladiator Wild Nudge – when a Gladiator symbol lands partially on the reels, it nudges to turn the whole reel wild.

The free spins will then begin with your extras in place – in the best-case scenario, I would want a win multiplier, extra wild symbol and Gladiator Wild Nudge. Unfortunately, the scatter doesn’t appear during the feature meaning you cannot win additional free spins. If you were to reveal extra free spins on each of your picks, you could get 21 free spins in total (12 from 5 scatters plus 9 extra free spins). If you revealed the win multiplier on your 3 picks, you could benefit from a 9x multiplier on up to 12 free spins (for 5 scatters).

Then you have the Gladiator Bonus feature which is played when you get the Helmet bonus symbol simultaneously on reels 2, 3 and 4 (the 3 middle reels). 9 helmets are then selected for you – they can be gold, silver or bronze. Each helmet gives you a cash prize with the golden helmets the most lucrative. If you reveal 9 gold helmets, you will trigger the progressive jackpot!

Gladiator Road to Rome is similar to Gladiator and Gladiator Jackpot (both by Playtech) – graphically it’s better but when it comes to bonus features, it’s almost identical. In the Colosseum Free Games feature, it’s been enhanced to offer you symbol pays as scatter and the Gladiator Wild Nudge.

It’s a medium to high variance offering with good win potential in the base game due to the Gladiator Wild reels that can land on all 5 reels. In the Colosseum Free Games feature, you could play with a 9x multiplier as well as nudging Gladiator Wilds and an extra wild – this is how you’ll get the biggest wins in my opinion.

Overall, Playtech has created a superb sequel to a very popular game and the Colosseum Free Games feature has been enhanced for even bigger wins. Payouts wise, you can win up to 1,000 times your stake on each spin/free spin – if you apply the potential 9x multiplier, that can give you wins of 9,000 times your stake on every free spin!

Now, if you were to have the Symbol Payout Boost in the Colosseum Free Games feature, you could get 5 times the value for any symbol – if you got the wild, it would be worth 5,000 times your stake for a screen full of wilds. Apply the maximum 9x multiplier and that can result in a jaw-dropping 45,000 times your stake on each free spin! If you like movie inspired slots, Playtech also offer you the superb Justice League.