Spartacus, or to give it its full title – Spartacus Gladiator of Rome – is an action-packed, battle-themed online slot from WMS that's instantly recognisable as a WMS game due to its Colossal Reels. As those of you who've ever played WMS slots such as Zeus 1000 and Giant's Gold will be aware, Colossal Reels give you the ability to win extra prizes when stacked wilds on the main set of reels automatically transfer across to the larger set. Other symbols can also appear stacked to make it even easier to create winning combinations. In addition, the slot features a re-triggerable Free Spins Bonus that can award up to twenty free games and twenty times your total bet.

More about the Software Provider

WMS Gaming was founded by Harry Williams in 1943, and has since been known as Williams Interactive, and ultimately as an in-house software company that acts as a subsidiary of Scientific Games. Pinball machines and video games were the company's original focus, but in the late 1990s, Williams Interactive began to turn its hand to online slots.

WMS has created a wealth of online and mobile slot games since the year 2000, including Giant's Gold, Alice and the Mad Tea Party, KISS, Fire Queen, Raging Rhino, Montezuma, and The Wizard of Oz.

Appearance and Sound Effects

Spartacus Gladiator of Rome is named after one of history's most famous gladiators, who also led a slave rebellion against the Roman Republic in 71 BC which resulted in his death. You'll find him on the reels as one of the main symbols, standing tall and proud while holding his shield and sword. The remaining symbols include a lion, a helmet, Bellona – the Roman goddess of war, a gladiator bearing a mace, a sword and shield, the Colosseum in Rome, and the four playing card suits.

There are two sets of reels, and hence not much background bar a marble column and archway at the top-left of the game screen. There are authentic battle-themed sound effects which include the roar of warriors and the sounds of swords striking shields.

Bonuses and Special Features

With the Spartacus slot, you have the main reel set (measuring five reels wide and four rows of symbols in length) on the left-hand side and the Colossal Reels (measuring five reels wide and twelve rows of symbols in length) on the right-hand side. With each spin, both reels spin simultaneously and, therefore, you can create winning combinations on either set of reels or both sets on the same spin.

Many of the paytable symbols used in Spartacus can appear stacked on both the main reel set and the Colossal Reels, which makes it easier to create wins that are more valuable.

The wild symbol is represented by the game logo, and it can substitute for any symbols except the Colosseum. And, if you land one or more full reels of wilds on the left-hand set of reels, it is replicated on the same reel of the Colossal Reel set.

The Colosseum is the feature symbol, and it can appear on the first, third, and fifth reel only of both reel sets. Three, four or five Colosseum symbols award eight free spins and two times your bet, twelve free spins and five times your bet or twenty free spins and twenty times your
bet respectively. As the Free Spins Bonus uses an enhanced set of reels, any wild symbols (as opposed to full stacks) that appear on the main reel set are "nudged" to reveal a fully stacked wild which is then mirrored on the Colossal Reels.


Spartacus uses two sets of reels. The main set features five reels and four rows of symbols while the Colossal Reels use five reels and twelve rows of symbols. The game has an average RTP (Return to Player Rate) of 95.94%. To understand how wins can be created across the one hundred different paylines, we suggest you look at the "Paylines" page of the paytable.

Mobile Compatibility

The game is designed to work with desktops, laptops, mobile phones, and tablets, and includes mobile-optimised game controls when played on mobile devices.

Our Verdict

Spartacus is a modern masterpiece that uses atmospheric sound effects and graphics, and the fascinating and potentially lucrative Colossal Reels feature. The presence of stacked symbols (including stacked wilds) and a free spins bonus make it one of the most exciting online slots that WMS has ever created. Join the battle for big wins today!