The object in Gladiator compete in gladiatorial combat and win fights. Money is earned by winning matches, but also by betting on them. The aim of the game is to become the Emperor's champion and to accumulate enough money to buy one's freedom.
Before a match, three out of forty-five different types of weapon can be selected. During combat, more than a dozen moves are available.
There is also a multi-player mode: 2 or 4 players can compete, with two facing off per bout.