It’s evident that the Ancient Romans loved games.  Magnificent arenas were built solely for the purpose of showcasing competitive games, those of the gladiators being perhaps the most popular of all.  Fights were fought to the death, the only acceptable dividing line separating the victors from the fallen.  Gladiatorial games provided blood-and-guts entertainment for all newsworthy social events and political gatherings.  Even military victories were celebrated in this fashion.

Perhaps the most famous of all gladiators was Spartacus.  His was a story of great personal victory.  Formerly a Roman soldier, and subsequently imprisoned for his scoundrel ways, Spartacus caused an uprising by making an escape from the gladiator training camp where he was held, with 70 of his comrades in tow.  They collected disciples as they went along, and eventually turned into a military force to be reckoned with, even defeating the Roman Army on more than a couple of occasions.

Spartacus is based on the legend of this heroic fighter, and is an online video slot featuring 100 paylines and a Colossal Reels set.

Gladiators were typically slaves and prisoners, the outcasts of society, and were in essence highly replaceable.  Victorious gladiators enjoyed hero-worship from the audience, and those on a winning streak were the envy of the town, albeit usually short-lived.

Spartacus Symbols

Symbols include various gladiators, a lion, a sword and a gladiator’s helmet.  Playing cards also appear as symbols on the reels.  Landing a combination of 3 or more matching symbols on an active payline makes for a win when playing NZ online pokies.  The wild symbol is represented by Spartacus himself and will substitute for all other symbols, with the exception of the scatter symbol.

The Colossal Reels Set

Two sets of reels appear on screen, one being the main set of reels (5 rows) and other the colossal reel set (an additional 12 rows).  The main reels spin first, followed by the colossal reels.  Winnings are also tallied in this order.

Graphics and Sound Effects

The scene is set using vividly coloured graphics.  This creates a rich and palpable feel.  In the background an audience is cheering wildly, reminding of the collective Roman heartbeat, egging on the fight.

Use-Friendly Interface

The game interface is easy to use and understand.

Spartacus can be played for free or for real money.

Scatter Symbol

The Coliseum is the scatter symbol.  The scatter symbol appears on reels 1, 3 and 5.  A combination of 3 or more must be landed anywhere on the reels to activate the Spartacus Free Spins Bonus Round.

Free Spins Bonus Round

The number of scatters landed will determine the number of free spins awarded during the free spins bonus round.  A combination of 3 scatters translates to 8 free spins and a double your winnings multiplier.  4 scatters on the reels will activate 12 free spins and a X5 multiplier.  The grand tally to aim for is a combination of 5 or more scatter symbols, which holds a reward of 20 free spins and a grand X20 multiplier.


Jonas Ulseth