Mike Van Wyjk, the model in the (Barbarian) front cover photo later became 'Wolf' in the UK TV version of Gladiators
. His character was something of an overblown pantomime type who aimed to add some light relief to proceedings.
On October 31, 1987, the German version of this game was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. Two months later, on December 31, 1987, followed the UK import. More information about this topic can be found in the game group
Inspiration for the sword fighting
Designer Steve Brown
wanted to do a sword fighting game. The inspiration for those fights came from the film Conan the Destroyer
. He admits he watched the movie for hours to extract the sword fighting scenes. These fighting moves were then re-performed by himself and Gary Carr
and also filmed. These short film cuts were then used as a base for the animations in game.
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- ST Format
- January 1993 (issue #42) - #46 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list