Gladiator Legends Slot Review 2022

Get ready to step inside the Colosseum and battle against tough and terrifying Gladiators in Hacksaw Gaming’s newest release, Gladiator Legends!

Hacksaw Gaming are taking us to Ancient Rome where a carnage of ferocious fights, savage beasts and colossal Multipliers await.

Prepare to witness the sands of the arena turning red and Victors emerging from the melee to claim their prize! With a chance to win up to 10,000x, this is one battle you won’t want to miss.

Are you not entertained?

Gladiator Legends Base Game

Gladiator Legends Betting and Symbols

Hacksaw Gaming give players a variety of betting options for players to choose from, and it’s no different in Gladiator Legends. For those who prefer a lower stake, the minimum bet available here is £/€0.10 per spin. For those who prefer a higher stake, the maximum bet available is £/€100 per spin, with plenty of other options in between the two.

In terms of symbols, various bloodied Axes and Hammers serve as the highest paying symbols in Gladiator Legends, but the highest of them all is the Dagger with the Golden Shield. Low paying symbols are standard Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten.

Wild symbols substitute for all High and Low-Paying symbols.

Game Provider Hacksaw Gaming
Maximum Bet 100
Maximum Win 10,000x
Paylines 10
Release Date 07/04/2022
RTP 96.31%
Mechanics Video Slot
Volatility high
Reels 5
Minimum Bet 0.1

Gladiator Legends Base Game and Features

Gladiator Legends is a 5 reel slot with 10 fixed paylines. In order to form a winning combination, you will need to connect 3 or more of the same symbol types from left to right, starting from the left-most reel.

Hacksaw Gaming slots are rarely as simple as a boring Base Game devoid of features, and Gladiator Legends is certainly no exception.

It’s a feature we’ve seen by different names in other slots by Hacksaw Gaming, but we’re happy to see its return.

VS Symbols

During both the base game and free spins rounds, VS symbols can present themselves on the reels. The VS symbols are special symbols that expand into Duel Reels once they are active.

Each Duel Reel has two unique Wild Multipliers, each represented by a Gladiator. Once active, these Gladiators will challenge each other in a duel abd the surviving Gladiator’s Wild Multiplier will be applied to the entire reel.

Base Game VS Symbols

During the base game, VS symbols will only expand into Duel Reels if the reel it is present on is part of at least one winning combination once expanded.

In the base game, Duel Reels are Wild and can present themselves with or without a Multiplier. The Multipliers that can be awarded are 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 10x, 15x, 20x, 25x, 50x, 75x and 100x.

If more than one active Duel Reel with a Multiplier connect via a win line, both Multipliers will add together before mutliplying the value of the win.

Landing 1 VS symbol on each of the 5 reels and triggering Duel Reels, means that all reels will be treated as Wilds.

Free Spins VS Symbols

During the free spins rounds, VS symbols will always expand and become Duel Reels. The awarded Multiplier values change dramatically compared to the base game.

  • Champions of the Arena Free Spins – The awarded Multiplier values change to 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 10x, 15x, 20x, 25x, 50x, 75x, 100x, 150x, 200x, 250x, 500x and 1,000x.
  • Unleash the Beast Free Spins – The awarded Multiplier values change to 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 10x, 15x, 20x, 25x, 50x, 75x, 100x, 150x, 200x, 250x and 500x for reels 1, 2, 4 and 5. On reel 3 the Multipliers available are 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 10x, 15x and 20x.

Gladiator Legends Slot Free Spins 

Hacksaw Gaming are historically diverse when it comes to the bonus rounds in their slots. Quite often there’s a couple to choose from, and thankfully that is the case with Gladiator Legends too. 

But which one do you pick? Let’s check them both out. 

Gladiator Legends Free Spins – Champions of the Arena

The Champions of the Arena Bonus Game is a mode with 3 Free Spins. Every time you get a VS symbol, then the number resets to 3 once more. 

This Bonus continues until you get three non-winning spins in a row. 

In this bonus you’ll notice a Multiplier atop each reel. To increase the multiplier you’ll want VS symbols, which triggers a battle between two warriors with differing multipliers. 

The winning Duel Multiplier replaces the current reel multiplier on that reel, so there is a risk that you’ll lose a high multiplier every time a vs symbol lands on that reel. 

Champions of the Area also features an additional aspect, the Multiplier Coin Symbol. There’s two possible coins, which are the Normal Coin and the Epic Coin. 

  • Normal Coin – x2, x3, x4, x5 or x10 
  • Epic Coin – x2, x3, x4, x5 or x10 

The multipliers for both are the same, but the normal coin only affects the corresponding reel that it lands on, whereas the epic coin affects all reels. 

Gladiator Legends Free Spins – Unleash The Beast! 

The Unleash the Beast Free Spins mode also starts with 3 Free Spins, and landing a VS symbol also resets the counter back to 3, but there are some key differences between the two bonus rounds. 

In this bonus, you have reel Multipliers on reels 1, 2, 4 and 5. The Reel Multipliers accumulate the values of duel multipliers from the corresponding reels for the duration of the entire bonus, instead of replacing the value. 

In this mode you’ll notice that reel 3 is completely locked, this is the Beast Reel. The Beast Reel is unlocked when a VS symbol has landed at least once on reels 1, 2, 4 and 5. Reel 3 has a special Beast Duel with a multiplier that multipliers the other reels Duel Multipliers before they are added to the Reel Multipliers. 

Gladiator Legends – Bonus Buy

In classic Hacksaw Gaming fashion, there’s a Bonus Buy option for those outside of the UK once more, and a few options at that. 

Although, 2 aren’t really Bonus Buys. The closest thing we can think of is something similar to Elk’s X-iter feature where you can pay extra for guaranteed features on each spin. 

  • Each Spin Guarantees a minimum of 1 VS Symbol
    • Volatility: Very High
    • Cost: 10x 
    • RTP: 96.45%
  • Each Spin Guarantees a minimum of 2 VS Symbols
    • Volatility: Extreme
    • Cost: 40x 
    • RTP: 96.40%
  • Champions of the Arena Bonus
    • Volatility: Very High
    • Cost: 100x
    • RTP: 96.43%
  • Unleash The Beast Bonus
    • Volatility: High
    • Cost: 400x 
    • RTP: 96.46%

Gladiator Legends Bonus Buy Options

Gladiator Legends: Our Verdict

Gladiator Legends is a ferocious and cunning instalment from a provider that we and everyone else in the iGaming industry has come to respect very much. 

It feels like Hacksaw Gaming has taken a turn of sorts. There was a period in which they brought out some of what we believed to be a bit…boring. 

Harvest Wilds, King Carrot, Double Rainbow and Tasty Treats fail to stand out, but perhaps we just like the edge? 

The Bowery Boys and Wanted Dead or A Wild adopted the same sort of grit that you’ll see in Gladiator Legends, and in our minds that’s where Hacksaw Gaming excels. 

Gladiator Legends can be excruciatingly brutal, which isn’t untypical of Hacksaw Gaming slots. If you’re buying the bonus, then you’ll probably want to think carefully about which option it is that you go for. 

The Champions of the Area Reel Multiplier replacement feature is immersive in a way, because when it swaps the higher multiplier for a lower one it feels like you’ve personally been stabbed and lost the duel. Unleash the Beast feels a little more forgiving with its persistent multiplier, but the price tag attached to it is a lot higher. Of course, if you’re in the UK then you take what you can get. 

Overall, Gladiator Legends is a brilliant instalment and a fine example of Hacksaw’s ingenuity. We’d take up arms for a spin on this game, and we feel like readers will feel the same way.