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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.


The Gladiators: Galactic Circus Games Windows New Campaign
The Gladiators: Galactic Circus Games Windows Typical fighting with gunfire.
The Gladiators: Galactic Circus Games Windows Cloning Major Callahan for futher troops.
The Gladiators: Galactic Circus Games Windows The hero Major Callahan

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

GameZone Mar 01, 2003 8.9 out of 10 89
PC Zone Benelux Dec, 2002 87 out of 100 87 Oct 18, 2002 17 out of 20 85 Feb 12, 2003 79 out of 100 79
Electric Playground Mar 04, 2003 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Mar 05, 2003 6.6 out of 10 66
GameStar (Germany) Jan, 2003 64 out of 100 64
PC Games (Germany) Jan 13, 2003 63 out of 100 63 Games Feb 28, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Withingames Aug 14, 2003 2 out of 5 40


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Stillman (7619) added The Gladiators: Galactic Circus Games (Windows) on Apr 29, 2004