Are You Ready To Enter the Arena? (3 out of 5)
In Spartacus, you can train gladiators to compete against other Facebook users. In this RPG, you can have multiple gladiators at your disposal. More will unlock as you play the game but in the beginning stages, one or two will be fine. Gladiators need training to go into the arenas to compete. Your player can equip weapons, armor, and various shields to use in the arenas. Equipment decays and you’ll need to buy more once several matches have completed. In the game there are different arenas you can complete in until you work up to the coliseum. You’ll start in a training arena and work your way up the ranks.
Combat (3 out of 5)
When fighting you’ll use up energy points so you can only fight so many times before you have to rest. You’ll match up against an opponent close to you. You can use influence points to rig the fight and make it easier for your gladiator to win. You can get the crowd on your side by pressing the cheer or jeer button. You don’t have any actual control over your fighter however so this is a bit disappointing. At the end of the match, you can see your damage inflicted, damage deflected, successful attacks, and your remaining health points. You’ll gain experience and coins for winning the match. As you win, you’ll move up in the division and once all divisions are completed you'll move onto another arena.
Equipment (2 out of 5)
Each gladiator can have different equipment including weapons, armor, and shields. Like many Facebook games, the items you can buy cost either game coins or premium Facebook credits. You’ll start with basic wood weapons but as you play you’ll want to upgrade to better ones such as copper, bronze, and iron. Your equipment must be replaced often since it only last for a certain number of matches before wearing out. You’ll find a few choices here but the selection could be much better.
Training (3 out of 5)
Each gladiator has training options in three areas that include brawn, vitality and speed. It’s up to you to decide which one you’ll want to train first but vitality will allow you to fight more often since it will heal your health. Brawn will make you stronger and speed makes your blows land faster. Try to have multiple gladiators so you aren’t waiting for a gladiator to have enough health to compete in the arena.
Losing Battles (2 out of 5)
The most annoying thing about this game is that once your gladiator has lost a match he is put to death unless you have enough influence points to save him. It’s important then to make sure your gladiator is properly trained before going into the arena. While this does add some realism to the game, it can destroy a lot of hard work on your part with your gladiator.
Graphics and Sound (3 out of 5)
Overall Spartacus: Gods of the Arena looks nice and has a good soundtrack. Gladiators have different looks but there’s no customization features besides your weapons and armor. Overall, the game has decent graphics and sound for a Facebook game but they aren’t a standout by any means.
Multiplayer (3 out of 5)
You don’t get to choose who you fight in the game but you’re matched up against a player near or above you a bit. You can send gifts of money and influence so it’s worthwhile to have Facebook friends playing. You need the influence to buy high-end gear and having friends play avoids having to spend Facebook credits to get it.
Interface (3 out of 5)
Spartacus doesn’t have many menus so nothing is confusing in the game. You can see the gladiators you currently own and get to the arenas via the button located on the screen. The top of the page shows your energy and experience level. The bottom of the game features the standard invite friends menu.
Game Play and Conclusion (3 out of 5)
Spartacus is a fun game to play but moves slowly in the early stages. It’s frustrating to lose your first gladiators in matches but once you have one that is powerful enough you’ll win more often. The game could use some more options when it comes to equipment and some moves or other animations during fights which would improve the game play. Spartacus is an average game but worth playing if you’re into fighting games or just like gladiators in general.
All images from Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.
Source: Article is author's own experiences playing Spartacus: Gods of the Arena on Facebook.