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The Gladiators: Galactic Circus Games (Windows)

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Description

You are Major Greg D. Callahan of the United States Marine Corp currently in jail for unknown reasons but set free to lead a space mission to research a newly found black hole. After being shot through the black hole you find yourself in a strange solar system where an evil race of aliens participate in gladiator style fights in an arena. Luck seems to be on your side though as Princess Lydia needs your help in gaining control of her deceased father.

Not your typical real-time strategy game Gladiators is structured to play as a fast paced strategy game without the resource gathering and city building. Play through three campaigns starting with the misfortunate Major Callahan and progressing to General Maximix of the galactic to finally the infamous Fargass “The Magician”. To play each character you must complete levels in the game. Play consists of certain goals given by the arena announcer in which you could defend a fort on one level and attack the fort on the next. You collect joker cards for points which then can be used for more troops and power ups.

Some special features include: No fog of war means you can see all terrain in the arena. Use your “Line of Vision” and place your units in positions with advantageous site lines, on top of buildings, on hilltops, etc. in order to gain an edge on your enemy. Ambush your enemy by hiding from them in vegetation such as leaves and branches where you can see them but they can’t see you. Destroy the terrain and buildings to take a shortcut or flush out you opponent. Hear the spectators cheer or boo you as you fight for your life. Command 24 different types of units up to 500 at the same time.

Play three campaigns in single player which include human, fantasy and galactic. Multiplay with up to 16 others over the Internet or LAN on 15 maps created just for multiplayer. Game modes you can play in multiplayer include: Gladiator Mode, which is a death match, Capture the Flag and Cooperative Mode where 4 players can play the solo missions together.

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The Gladiators: Galactic Circus Games Windows Those aliens are toast now.
The Gladiators: Galactic Circus Games Windows Use high platforms for an advantage over the enemy.
The Gladiators: Galactic Circus Games Windows The hero Major Callahan
The Gladiators: Galactic Circus Games Windows Typical fighting with gunfire.

Alternate Titles

  • "Гладиаторы" -- Russian spelling
  • "The Gladiators: Les jeux de l'arène intergalactique" -- French title

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The Press Says

PC Zone Benelux Dec, 2002 87 out of 100 87
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Feb 17, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jan, 2003 77 out of 100 77
IGN Mar 05, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
Electric Playground Mar 04, 2003 7 out of 10 70
JeuxVideoPC.com Mar 07, 2003 14 out of 20 70
Joystick (French) Dec, 2002 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Mar 05, 2003 6.6 out of 10 66
GameStar (Germany) Jan, 2003 64 out of 100 64
Withingames Aug 14, 2003 2 out of 5 40

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Stillman (7515) added The Gladiators: Galactic Circus Games (Windows) on Apr 29, 2004