Mia Gardner | 13 Mar 2020
With 5 reels, 20 paylines, immersive graphics, and several bonus features, the game takes its place in one of the most popular casino game categories – that of video slots. The launch comes less than a month after the Malta-based provider premiered its Wild Energy video slot.
In a press release, the provider’s product director, Shane Cotter, said that Gladiator Arena has a Battle bonus game that gives players the chance to develop tactics that could maximize their winnings. Depending on players’ decisions, they could win between 15x and 1,000x their initial bet. Cotter went on to predict that the online slot will become a blockbuster.
The reels of Gladiator Arena are set in the Colosseum as it would have appeared to the ancient Romans, rather than the crumbling ruin that still attracts throngs of visitors to the Eternal City. The lower value symbols are red playing cards, but the higher value symbols are themed.
They include a top-paying gladiator with a sword, a retiarius gladiator with a net and trident, a hardened old fighter, and a ferocious, pouncing lion. Other symbols include a golden game logo, a shield with a helmet and crossed swords, and a gladiator in a chariot.
The online slot’s Wild symbol can substitute for the higher and lower value symbols. Landing at least 3 bonus symbols will trigger a Free Spins bonus round. In the round, players stand to benefit from stacked higher value symbols as well as stacked Walking Wilds. In addition to covering reels the way stacked higher value symbols do, the Wilds will remain on the screen for several Free Spins. They will move from one reel to the next with each consecutive spin, until they disappear from view.
The Battle bonus game is a Gladiator Arena feature about which Cotter was particularly excited. If players trigger the bonus game while playing the online slot, they can choose not only the opponent they will face, but the fighting tactic they will use to try beat them.
The opponents include the ferocious lion, the older fighter, and the retiarius gladiator. The lion offers the biggest reward in the bonus game.
Gladiator Arena is available for both desktop and mobile at casinos powered by Booming Game’s software.