Spartacus Gladiator of Rome Slot
Spartacus Gladiator of Rome is a 5-reel, max 100-pay line online slots game from WMS (Williams Interactive). It's one of the range of online slots in WMS's 'Colossal Reels' series in that alongside the traditional five reels there are an additional five reels in play, each a colossal twelve rows high.
You may not be aware of this, but Spartacus is thought to have been a real person. Born around 109BC, he took the same career path as 'Maximus Decimus Meridius' in the film 'Gladiator' – a former Roman soldier who ended up a slave and then a gladiator. He earned a place as one of the leaders of a slave rebellion and helped many slaves and gladiators escape. He later fought and allegedly died in the Third Servile War, although it was claimed his body was never found. The legend of Spartacus has been filmed many times, most famously of all in 1960 by Stanley Kubrick, in which the role of Spartacus was played by Kirk Douglas.
As mentioned above, this slot features two sets of reels: one 5×4, and the other 5×12. To play the game you need to select the number of lines you want in play, which can be 20, 40, 60, 80 or all 100. Of the lines, a quarter of them will appear on the main 5×4 screen, and three quarters of them will appear on the 5×12 screen. The symbols are stacked in threes on the main screen, and in fours or even more on the 'Colossal Reel' set. You must also set your coin size, which can be any amount from 0.01 to 5.00 in increments of 0.01. You pay one coin for each two lines you have in play. When you're ready to shout 'I'm Spartacus!', hit the spin button.
Payout & bonus rounds
The lowest winning payout is for three identical playing card symbols (spade, heart, club or diamond) at 5x your coin size. The jackpot payout in normal play is for five of Spartacus himself, at 250x your coin size.
The 'Spartacus Gladiator of Rome' symbol acts as the wild symbol in this game. It substitutes for all other symbols aside from the bonus symbol on both sets of reels. If you land a complete reel of wilds on the main reel set, then the corresponding reel on the colossal reel set turns completely wild.
The 'Coliseum' bonus symbol appears on reels one, three and five of the main set, and reels one, three and five of the colossal reels set. If you land three or more bonus symbols anywhere on the reels you win bonus spins with a multiplier as follows:
- Three symbols: Eight free spins + 2x multiplier
- Four symbols: Twelve free spins + 5x multiplier
- Five symbols: Twenty free spins + 20x multiplier
The colossal reels feature really adds an extra, interesting dimension to this game although over the long term it really makes no difference to the likelihood of you winning extra cash. This game is 'good enough' but would have been even better if a gladitorial side game had been included. Still, they say when in Rome you should do as the Romans do, so let's hope the Romans played lots of online slots!