Evoplay Entertainment taken a similar path with Epic Gladiators although it is minus all the jewel and candy themes. The developers from Ukraine have used the same structure of the grid and the progressive metre as seem in Bejewelled 2, then added their own cartoon styled characters to make this slot worthy of the “epic” in its name. Evoplay are hugely successful and have spent years developing slots and table games from their Ukrainian base for years, and when it comes to graphics they really know how to push the boundaries. Whilst Epic Gladiators does not offer the hugely impressive 3D graphics that other titles do, it still looks the part. It would be fair to say that it resembles a mobile arcade rather than a slot, but it still delivers some no-nonsense gameplay. The slot is based around the adventures of a brave gladiator and his friends who battle with a group of undead scary warriors, and players will see these cute heroes leaping and slashing their way around the reels.
The gaming area comprises of a 7x7 grid of symbols and when the player hits the spin button the symbols cascade down onto the screen and stop. If the player manages to link five matching symbols vertically or horizontally they will explode leaving the symbols above to fall into place and the whole cascade begins again. The more wins that a player can string together the greater their prize will be. When it comes to the bet range this slot is ideal for all players, starting from just 0.01 per spin there are ten different bet levels which will satisfy even the hardiest of gamblers, plus the lure of winnings of up to 8,000 coins in the base game what more could any player want? To win all the player needs to do is match the symbols on the reel grid. The slot has eight regular symbols with the largest win coming when they manage to math 15 symbols in a single block. The lowest cash prizes come from the elements with the boulder which represents the earth element paying out two coins for matching five up to a massive 1,000 coin for matching 15. The water drop awards three to 1,200 coins whilst the cloud which is the symbol of air pays up to 1,500 coins and the fire symbol being the most lucrative from seven up to 2,500 coins
. The gladiators pay a little better with the helmet worth 8 – 3,000 coins for 5 – 15 symbols, the shield 10 – 5,000 and the sword 12 – 7,000. Finally, there is the skeleton shield which pay out the top amount of 8,000 coins for 15 connected symbols. There is also a wild symbol in the free game which is depicted by a bomb and substitutes for all the regular game symbols. Although it is fun seeing these cartoon characters running around the reels they do serve a purpose. If players look above the head of the skeleton warriors, they will see that there is a row of hearts, as the matching symbols are lined up the hearts disappear, however if the player runs out of luck the hearts will be restored. Hitting three consecutive wins will see the brave gladiator Kilevilus vanquishing the evil spirit, and if the player can destroy the skeleton baddies if they can hit consecutive winning spins. At this point the free spins feature will be activated and players are awarded 10, 15 or 20 free spins depending on whether they have killed 1, 2 or all three of the skeleton baddies. The round then starts with one gladiator being picked at random which is a lot of fun because all the gladiators are complete with their own set of special skills.