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Domark Ltd
Arcade: Solo beat-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K

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Richard Eddy, Robin Candy
Chris Bourne

77% Issue 24

ROBIN: Gladiator is a bit of a departure from the standard beat-'em-up. Playing the part of a lowly slave named Marcus, you enter the combat arena in a bid to earn some money and so buy your freedom; and in case your fighting isn't too hot, there's also a gambling session.

The beat-'em-up is special because the player can choose which weapons he wants to use. The weapons have attack and defence ratings which you can find out only by trial and error.

Graphically it's nothing special, the control method is tricky (there are 25 possible moves to choose from) and the imaginative gambling sequence becomes tedious.

Two years ago Gladiator was a good beat-'em-up variant, but now it seems only average.

RICKY: Gladiator was one of the serious contenders to The Way Of The Exploding Fist, and it stood up well. However, it has aged and seems a bit repetitive. Still, it's certainly worth playing if you can get to grips with the awkward controls.