Gladiatoro Slot Review
Gladiatoro is a bright-colored slot that catches your eye due to gorgeous graphics & animations and is also well possible by the original theme. But this game makes you thrilled first of all because of tons of features, giving an exciting experience and such lovely big wins.
There are usual & Walking Wild in here, coin doubling and a trail of Wilds due to the Toro Goes Wild feature, Diaz that collects all the coins, and also a bonus Gladiator game with respins that proposes all the same and even more, including the Gladiator jackpot of x10,000 to the current stake.
It's a Medium-High Volatility slot with an RTP of 94%, which is a little below the average value among the topmost slots nowadays. The max grid is 5x6.
Gladiatoro General Characteristics
- 178-340 pay lines
- 5 reels and 4-6 rows
- Medium-High Volatility (7 out of 10)
- RTP: 94%
- Hit Frequency: 24.1%
- Bet amount: 0.2 EUR - 100 EUR
- Maximum win multiplier: x10,000
- Maximum win value: 1,000,000 EUR
- 8 main symbols
- Additional symbols: Wild, Bonus
Gladiatoro Bonus Features
Here are a lot of features, most of which are present in a base game, except for the Gladiator bonus mini-game. There are respins, usual and walking Wild, coin collector, and the grid expansion function. So, let's give a sight on all of these a little bit more attentionally.
Within the base game mode, winning combinations start from the leftmost reel and include only those symbols on the consecutive reels. Also, the lengthiest prize sequence per current active win line pays.
It’s not a paying special symbol that starts a single respin due to 2 corresponding pictures simultaneously landing on the reels. In case respin brings one more Matador picture, another respin grants. During those respins, all coins and Matador & Diaz symbols stay locked.
Here are two distinct Wilds present — usual and walking one. The first one standardly substitutes for all the paying symbols, except for coins, Matador, Diaz, and Toro.
Toro (Walking Wild)
Walking Wild has another function besides replacing other pics within winning combinations. Each time it lands on the play grid, it starts respins, continuing until a special symbol, gradually walking leftward one reel per spin, makes it to the 1st reel. After that, the finishing re-spin starts, making the Walking Wild go away. There are two more things left to learn here — every coin's value doubles after Toro walks over it. Also, during respins, coins and Diaz symbols are becoming sticky ones.
Toro Goes Wild
In this function, take part in two special symbols — Toro and Matador. When they appear together on the playfield, Toro goes vertically and horizontally to knock Matador off the reels. It concerns all Matador's pics currently presented on the screen. After that, Toro continues going to the left as a usual Walking Wild symbol, granting you a corresponding amount of respins.
There is one more specialty that concerns the Toro Goes Wild feature. Chasing the Matador, Toro leaves behind a trail of usual Wilds, but only where no coins are on the tiles. In this case, coins are still in place but get a doubled nominal.
It’s a coin collector symbol, which gathers all the coin nominals currently on the screen and pays its sum times the chosen stake amount. In the case of respins, coins and Diaz symbols stay locked for all their duration. Thanks to that, a Diaz symbol gathers the values of all currently locked coins with each re-spin. That makes it possible to generate enough big cash prizes even during the base game, as you will see later, due to our slot test drive.
Level Up Coin
It is a unique coin symbol, making the grid up by 1 row, but no more than up to a maximum of 6. Expansion takes place before any other feature triggers and a win evaluation. After that mission completion, the Level Up coin becomes the usual one with some random nominal value. That one can be collected using a Diaz feature. During the base game, if no respin is currently on, grid expansion triggers a single respin upon which playfield size reduces to the normal one. During respins, coins, Diaz, and Matador symbols stay locked. A Level Up coin is also present in the Gladiator bonus game.
These also have their nominals, which can be collected using the special Diaz symbol. Yet, the main goal of Bonus symbols is triggering the Gladiator bonus game. To activate the last one, land 3 bonus symbols anywhere on the screen. Moreover, these bonus coins will be then transferred to the bonus game playfield so that their values will become the first collected.
Gladiator Bonus Game
It is a Hold & Spins mechanics game, partaking in coins, including Level Up coins, Toro, Matador, and Diaz symbols. There are as many as 3 re-spins that you will get at the start. Each respin reduces their amount by one. When there are no more re-spins on the top-left scale, the bonus game ends, paying the coin values sum on active rows times the chosen stake amount. Landing any symbol or multiple of them on the currently active row resets the respins scale to the initial amount of 3.
As in the base game, coins here land with random values pictured on them. Upon the respins end, the sum of those coin values that are on the active rows is multiplied by your current bet. That's how you will get a final bonus game prize. All regular coins are sticky ones within a bonus game.
Up Level Coin
The bonus game playfield has the same 5x6 maximum size as the base game but with 2 inactive rows at the top. Hence, like during regular spins, the starting play grid is 5x4. You will need Up Level coins, granting one activated row per 1 fell coin, to unlock top rows. After that, this Level Up coin turns into the usual one with a random value.
Compared to the base game, the only difference is that unlocked extra rows will be active during all the following respins since activating, but not only for a single respin as in the base game. Be aware that despite their locking, top rows can land symbols, including sticky ones, but that doesn't trigger resetting of the respins scale.
During the bonus game, this special symbol adds a random identical value to the coincidentally chosen coins on the active playfield rows and goes away with the following respin. If there is more than one Matador on the play grid, they are activated one at a time. Here, it also partakes in the Toro Goes Wild feature.
This special symbol is presented just in the bonus game. It does all the same as the regular Matador picture, but from the moment of its landing until the respins are over since it's a sticky symbol. Unlike the regular one, the persistent version of this symbol doesn't partake in the Toro Goes Wild feature.
Within the bonus game, a Diaz symbol gathers coin values just like in the base game, but after that, it turns into a regular coin with the nominal equal to the sum of the gathered values. In case Matador simultaneously lands with Diaz, Matador first increases coin values, and just then, Diaz starts collecting them. Also, Diaz triggers the Toro Goes Wild feature in a bonus game in paire with the Walking Wild symbol.
It is the sticky version of the Diaz symbol, so it does everything the regular Diaz but during each following spin from its landing until the bonus game ends, except partaking in the Toro Goes Wild feature.
Within the bonus game, Toro still behaves like the Walking Wild but without a trail of regular wilds left behind. Though, it still doubles all the coin values it goes over through. The last thing you should be aware of is the bonus game respins tally doesn't change while Toro's respins.
Toro Goes Wild
In the bonus game, two special symbols make a company Toro in a Toro Goes Wild feature. Those are regular Matador and Diaz symbols but not persistent ones. In the case of Matador, first, it upgrades some coins, and just then, Toro goes wild to kick Matador off the grid.
If Diaz falls on the play grid, it collects all the coin values in view, and only since then, leaves the screen due to Toro's kick, throwing in a random place on the reel coin with doubled value. This time, while a Toro symbol is still doubling coin values on its way, it's not left behind a trail of regular Wilds.
To get a max win of x10,000 times your current stake, you need to land all 30 possible sticky symbols on 6 active rows before the bonus game ends, previously unlocking two of the topmost ones. Regular Matador and Toro symbols aren't sticky, so they won't help to get the Gladiator Jackpot.
There are as many as 5 eligible buy options:
- Super Bonus guarantees triggering a bonus game with 1 persistent symbol from the start (x500).
- Bonus lets you get entry to the Bonus game (x100).
- Diaz grants 1 Diaz symbol during the base game, which will be transferred to the bonus round if that's one triggered, as a persistent version of a special symbol (x25).
- Matador provides 2 corresponding special symbols within the base game, which will be carried over to the bonus game, in case it starts, as persistent ones (x10).
- Bonus Hunt makes your chances of getting Bonus game triggering more than triple (x3).
Our Experience Playing Gladiatoro
We're sure there is no chance to get a comprehensive slot understanding without playing it. That's why we've played this game, using 300 spins with an initial balance of €200. The stake was just €1 per spin.
The first 100 spins gave us 28 regular wins (€0.1 - €39.25), including 12 below the €1, whereas the most elongated non-wins period became nine spins. Thanks to the eight times the Toro feature was triggered, including five times when Toro went wild, we earned €24.1. Due to the eight activations of the Diaz function, our catch became €97. The equal quantity of Matador respins brought just €0.9. Also, there were 11 times a Level Up coin appeared on the reels. The resulting balance upon the 100th spin was €245.55.
During the second 100 spins, we had 21 wins ranging from €0.15 to 8, including 11 that were lower than the bet. This time, sadly, we didn't get any Toro or Toro Goes Wild feature activations. Diaz also brought just €6, whereas Matador — €6.2. Level Up coins amount decreased to 6, either. Luckily, this time, we got a Bonus game triggering that earned us €38 of additional income. As a result, after the 200th spin was over, we had €212.2 on the balance.
The third 100 spins became slightly disappointing since they did not bring any Bonus game and just one Toro feature triggering that earned only €0.9. Diaz has brought €37 due to 2 feature activations. Whereas, Matador, thanks to 8 respins, awarded us a total of just €2. The amount of Level Up coins turned the same as in the first time — 11. Also, we got the lowest quantity of regular wins, 19, 9 of which did not even get the current stake level. Their amounts ranged from €0.2 to €7.8. So, the final balance amount totaled to just €177.8. Hence, we got screwed precisely €22.2.
To summarize, we can note not-so-frequent regular wins, almost half of which brought an amount that was less than the current bet level. The main feature, Toro, was triggered not that often, which has made Diaz the most profitable feature. Luckily, we have got at least a Bonus game that saved us from a big loss. Moreover, if the bonus round were more generous, we could finish our game session with some income. But there are only three respins here, so just a few unlucky consecutive spins may make you lose the chance to grab a much bigger win.
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In conclusion, Gladiatoro is the perfect gambling game from the point of view of visuals and graphics that will make you smile due to its fun animations. Also, this slot impresses with a wide assortment of bonus features, most of which are in the base game. Moreover, this makes the last one almost the same excitement as the bonus game and drastically increases its winning potential.
No doubt, the main star here is Toro (Walking Wild), which makes a lot of actions on the playfield that bring you money within base and bonus games due to respins, coin doubling, and a Wilds' trail. However, its Hit frequency is not that high, as we have seen due to our slot test drive. Luckily, there are many other features. And it seems the most profitable among them is Diaz, which thoroughly collects coin values, including those doubled by Toro. Also, that's true for the bonus game, where Diaz & persistent Diaz are key characters for reaching big wins.
Talking about the bonus game, besides an x10,000 Gladiator jackpot, it has a lot to propose, including a large 5x6 play grid, Matador & persistent Matador, which increases coin values, Diaz & persistent Diaz, and, of course, Toro that makes respins, sometimes goes wild, and doubles the coin values. All these make it possible to get a huge win, which isn't guaranteed, though, due to only three initial re-spins. If no other symbol lands, that will be all that you can count on during the bonus game. Luckily, Bonus symbols transferred to the bonus game grant you at least some guaranteed prize. Among other cons are a tad below average RTP value of 94% and a dominance of low payments on the paytable. But overall, that's a fun video slot based on the famous Hollywood Gladiator cinema and enough infested with bonus features to become your first choice for a long while.