Graphics - 65%
Gameplay - 68%
Bonuses - 58%
Value - 54%
Whats not so hot?
RTP ranges as low as 88%
Gladiator Legends is a Hacksaw Gaming video slot with 5 reels, 4 rows, and 10 paylines.
The online slot takes you back to the bloody sands of the arena in the Colosseum of Rome.
Furthermore, it reminds us of the Hollywood blockbuster film, Gladiator.
As the indomitable Oliver Reed’s character said to Maximus; “Win the crowd, and you’ll win your freedom”. We leave you with that thought.
Interestingly, Hacksaw Gaming took a leaf from 300 with the visual arrangement of the game.
There are a bunch of in-game features we discuss in detail further down in the slot review.
It’s pretty much the same ‘hack and slash’ formula across the reels.
We already see a few slotters banging their keyboard with pure frustration or a few elated whoops. Now, if you’re wondering why; two things.
The volatility reaches a 10’er on the Whizz’s slots scale. Therefore, you’re up against it here and the jackpot is 10,000x ($1 million) your stake.
You can play the slots at the best casinos online that accept real money bets from $0.10 to $100.
The RTP of Gladiator Legends is 96.31%. Like most slots these days there are RTP ranges as low as 88.19%.
So, we don’t have to tell you that it can be a bloody affair for the armchair gladiator, you.
To make sure you’re playing with the default RTP consult the paytable.
According to hacksaw Gaming, the hit frequency of Gladiator Legends is 26.71%.
A Roman arena serves as the backdrop for the reels. The usual 10 to Ace low-value card symbols serve as filler.
For five of them, any position on the reels pays 0.5x to 1x. The lion wild subs symbols adjacent to them during winning combos.
Moreover, 5 wilds offer wins of up to 30x your stake. The high-value symbols are the shields with swords, axes, and the gladiator.
The high-pay symbols also pay p to 30x for 5.
The VS Symbols pack a punch indeed. They expand into Duel Reel symbols along with multipliers of 2x.
Moreover, the gladiators represent them. They’ll slug it out and whoever wins that gladiator’s multiplier applies to that reel.
Make a mental note of this, the VS symbols expand in the base game only.
A multiplier with sizes from 2x to 100x also tags onto the Duel Reels. More importantly, their respective multiplier values combine.
You’ll trigger the Champions of the Aren bonus with 3 Arena symbols.
You’ll receive 3 respins that reset the moment a VS symbol pitches.
When a VS symbol pops up. The Reel Multiplier above the winning Reel Multiplier subs the present Reel Multiplier.
You’ll also play with Normal and Epic Coins:
The Normal Coins drop a win multiplier of 2x to 10x. They multiply the corresponding Reel Multiplier above it as well.
Now, the Epic Coins carry multipliers of up to 10x. Their respective Reel Multipliers multiply with the sum of all bets.
Besides, the Duel Reels in the Champions of the Arena bonus offer multipliers of up to 1,000x.
The Unleash the beast bonus triggers when 3 Beast Symbols show up. Moreover, they award you 3 free spins.
Like the previous bonus round, they also reset when a VS symbol appears. However, when Duel Reels hit the reels carry multipliers tags onto a Reel Multiplier.
Note, it adds to the Reel Multiplier but it does not replace it.
When the VS symbol appears, Reel 3 or the Beast Reel Locks. But, it unlocks when the VS symbol pops up on the 4th reel.
Further, the third reel comes with a Beast Duel Multiplier. In multiplies the Duel Multipliers of the other reels before they jump in and join the Reels Multiplier.
At the end of the bonus round, the respective values of the reel Multiplier multiply by the total bet.
Interestingly, the top Duel Reel Multiplier in Unleash the beast is 250x. Whilst the middle Beast Reel tops a multiplier of up to 20x.
The bonus buy option of Gladiator Legends is a busy one at that. It gives you a choice between 4x options:
There are a few things about the buy option you should be aware of. It’s best to keep your best low unless you’re a high roller.
We tested the feature buy option at bets of $5 and $10 respectively.
The former offered us a win of $3,500 and the latter a payout of $1,200.
It demonstrates that more is in actuality not always more. Test the buy option a few times before you play it with real cash.
Gladiator Legends is not for the lighter palate. Basically, Hacksaw Gaming cobbles together a slot with a popular theme, but brutal volatility.
The upside to that it sprinkles it with a decent RTP, multipliers, and a jackpot of 10,000x.
The bonus buy feature offers a quick escape into the bonus rounds. It juices up the RTP and adds VS symbols.
Initially, the Reel Multipliers sound confusing. Once you got the hang of how things swing here it’s plain sailing.
That’s not all, the Duel Multiplier drops a blistering multiplier of up to 250x.
If the tainted war cry of those multipliers doesn’t prompt you to take a few swings at the slot; nothing will.
Ultimately, Hacksaw Gaming delivers a gem with Gladiator Legends.
It’s a fine example of how a compressed online slot can bury itself whilst maintaining a semblance of historical accuracy.