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  • Summary: You are Greg Callahan, leader of a top-secret space shuttle mission to investigate a black hole in deep space. Lost during the mission, you end up on a strange planet, forced to fight for your life in the Deathbowl-a galactic deathmatch in an arena full of screaming, bloodthirsty crowds. The Gladiators: Galactic Circus Games is an action-packed, single- or multi-player RTS (Real Time Slaughter!) game that puts you right in the middle of incredible 3-D landscapes, spectacular explosions, bloody alien brawls and more. Embodying the Gladiators of 3 different races (Humans, Galactic, Magic), gain the tactical advantage and lead your combat units on 18 different missions. Playing The Gladiators is fun and easy. Surviving it is the hard part. [Arxel Guild] Expand
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  1. Reminded me of something that would be seen in a Heavy Metal comic (which I am still a big fan of, by the way) or in one of the animated movies … so those of you who are fans of the publication will no doubt enjoy the overall presentation of the game.
  2. The Gladiators trades in bumpkin-building for fast-paced and hilarious arena combat... An eminently chewable bit of bubble-gum entertainment. [Mar 2003, p.94]
  3. Other than the weak AI moments and the sometimes annoying aspect of aiming, The Gladiators: Galactic Circus Games is enjoyable, challenging, and often full of pleasant surprises.
  4. 74
    The Gladiators isn't a bad game. Indeed, it's quite challenging and entertaining in many regards. However, just that like the B-movies that were its inspirations, that's all it is.
  5. An action-focused, arcade-like strategy game that can provide some frantic gaming fun. However, a lack of depth makes it wear thin after a bit and hurts its long-term appeal.
  6. Any excitement that might have been generated by the explosions and mayhem cannot hope to compete with the boredom of constant reloads, or the aggravation of hearing the same "witty" banter for the fifth time. [June 2003, p.86]

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  1. Jok`RdeMo
    Feb 27, 2003
    Just an arcade. nothing more. except the thing that it eats all your computer resources. why? I dont know graphics is not so perfect. I was playing this kind of games 10 years ago. This is X-COM without strategy :) Expand