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Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators

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Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators
Publisher: Virgin Games
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.99[1] T-70066
Sega Mega Drive
EU (Classic)
€? 70066-50
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[2][3] T-70066-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-70066-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 119,95[4] T-70066-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-70066-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 044370



Sega Master System
UK
£? MK-27062-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-27062-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM 89,95[4] MK-27062-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-27062-50
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 027090



Sega Game Gear
EU (Classic)
€? 70058-50
Sega Game Gear
UK
£29.99[6] T-70058-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-70058-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-70058-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-70058-50



Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators, called just Global Gladiators in Europe and Brazil, is a run and gun platformer by Virgin Interactive. The game stars the titular Mick and Mack, who are sucked into a comic book by Ronald McDonald. The game has an environmental theme to it, with the protagonists fighting enemies and machinery that represent pollution. Mick and Mack's weapons closely resemble "Super Soaker" water guns.

A Super NES and Game Boy port were planned but eventually cancelled. The Game Gear version was also meant to be released in North America in July 1993[8] but was cancelled for unknown reasons.

Gameplay

There are only four levels; Slime World, Forest, Toxi-Town, and Arctica. There is only one boss, and it's at the end of the game. Like most western platform games, it's a rather long game, requiring around 1 hour to play through. Gameplay is pretty typical with jumping, running (autorun kicks in after some steps) and and shooting, although the high recoil of the guns used was pretty unique. Bonus stages can be accessed to collect further score, with the game commenting on the player, e.g. not very successful attempts result in a quote akin to "was you mothery playing?"

The game seemingly established or at the very least fortified a certain design philosophy: Lock the stage exit and let the player unlock it by collecting items, in this case, small spinning "M" McDonald symbols. Further games that used this setup were Cool Spot and The Ottifants. It was also one of the first games to have a dark skinned protagonist.

Like most Virgin Games releases, this game has speed up music for the PAL release but gameplay speed was unchanged. Playing the game at 60Hz makes the music play too fast.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Source: In-game credits
  • Programmed by: David Perry
  • Animation by: Mike Dietz
  • Background Art by: Christian Laursen
  • Music, Sound FX & Samples by: Tommy Tallarico
  • Game Designer: David Bishop
  • Levels Designed by: Bill Anderson
  • Additional Background Art by: Mike Field, Steve Crow
  • Artists: Shawn McLean, Clark Sorensen, Roger Hardy, Tom Tanaka, John Weir, John Wong, Rene Boutin, Willis Wong, Bill Anderson
  • Sprite Engineering by: Tim Williams, Doug Cope
  • FX Technician: Steven S. Henifin
  • Manual by: Cathie A. Bartz-Todd
  • Testing and Quality Control: Joey Kuras, Noah Tool, Justin Norr, Danny Lewis, Mike Glosecki, Eugene Martin, Michael Gater, Tim Williams
  • Creative Art Direction by: Stan Gorman
  • Produced by: David Luehmann
  • Executive Producer: Dr. Stephen H. Clarke-Willson


Source: "Manual"
  • Animation: Michael Francis Dietz, Shawn McLean, Edward Schofield

Master System version

Magazine articles

Main article: Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #43: "February 1993" (199x-xx-xx)[9]
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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #45: "April 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #46: "May 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[10]
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #138: "May 1993" (1993-04-15)
also published in:
</div>
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Mean Machines Sega (UK) #11: "September 1993" (1993-07-30)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #142: "September 1993" (1993-08-15)[12]
</div>
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Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №18, p80-83[16]
90 №136, p62-63[2]
79 №1, p51Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[17]
94 №0101, p6/22[18]
90 №14, p28-31
95 №38, p46-47[19]
86 №4, p66-67[20]
90 №6, p12-13
95 №18, p78-81[21]
83 №7, p12-15
75 №7, p58
93 №1, p65
88 №2, p20-21
96 №15, p88-92[22]
81 №15, p34-36
92 №62, p44-45[23]
80 №5, p70-73[24]
97 №29, p60-63[25]
83 №3/93, p18[26]
88 №40, p34-36
93 №17, p24-27
93 №18, p65
80 №6, p42-43
94 №15, p28-31[27]
88 №17, p80[28]
84 №17, p16[29]
Sega Mega Drive
88
Based on
26 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Global Gladiators MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Global Gladiators MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Global Gladiators MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Global Gladiators MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Global Gladiators MD EU cart.jpg
Cart
Global Gladiators MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, EU (Classic)
GlobalGladiators MD EU classic cover.jpg
Cover
Global Gladiators MD EU cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
GlobalGladiators MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
GlobalGladiators MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, FR

Global Gladiators MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №20, p136[30]
77 №1, p145Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[31]
90 №17, p68-69
91 №17, p96-97[32]
88 №62, p44-45[23]
77 №8, p68-69[33]
89 №31, p102[34]
86 №4/93, p20[35]
86 №2, p10[36]
82 №43, p46-47
64 №19, p44
74 №9, p60-61
86 №17, p36-37[37]
Sega Master System
83
Based on
13 reviews

Master System, EU
Global Gladiators SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
GlobalGladiators SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU

GlobalGladiators SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
Global Gladiators SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
GlobalGladiators SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
GlobalGladiatorsSMSBRManual.pdf
Manual
GlobalGladiatorsSMSBRCompetitionOutside.jpg
Coupon (outside)
GlobalGladiatorsSMSBRCompetitionInside.jpg
Coupon (inside)
GlobalGladiatorsSMSBRExtrasCoupon.jpg
Gift voucher

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №20, p137[38]
91 №139 (Go!), p6-7[6]
85 №1, p166Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[39]
90 №45, p162[40]
93 №17, p106-107[41]
90 №62, p44-45[42]
80 №32, p110
86 №5/93, p27[43]
74 №46, p40-41[44]
58 №20, p64
70 №9, p59
87 №17, p31[45]
Sega Game Gear
83
Based on
12 reviews

Game Gear, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Game Gear, EU (Classic)

Global Gladiators GG EU cart.JPG
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 40f17bb3
MD5 c39fe061955784a4625255f4d04084c6
SHA-1 4fd2818888a3c265e148e9be76525654e76347e4
1MB 1992-10 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 5c218c6a
MD5 f3041b5359d452ce2c5366a03b2d91c7
SHA-1 daf1ded2439c626c0fd227550be6563cd1b09612
1MB 1992-10 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 08c2af21
MD5 c18e9f1725a7b09f2f32274525a8376b
SHA-1 433db3e145499ebad4f71aae66ee6726ef30d5db
1MB 1992-10

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:GamePro US 038.pdf, page 49
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:CVG UK 136.pdf, page 62
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:GamesMaster UK 004.pdf, page 67
  4. 4.0 4.1 File:SegaMagazine DE 01.pdf, page 72
  5. File:SegaPro DE 08.pdf, page 40
  6. 6.0 6.1 File:Go UK 20.pdf, page 6
  7. File:GamesMaster UK 006.pdf, page 18
  8. File:SegaVisions US 13.pdf, page 97
  9. File:EGM US 043.pdf, page 80
  10. File:GamePro US 046.pdf, page 144
  11. File:SegaForce SE 1993 04.pdf, page 32
  12. File:CVG UK 142.pdf, page 2
  13. File:SegaForce SE 1993 07.pdf, page 15
  14. File:SegaForce SE 1994 02.pdf, page 36
  15. File:SegaForce SE 1994 05.pdf, page 47
  16. File:ConsolesPlus FR 018.pdf, page 80
  17. File:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf, page 51
  18. File:GameFan US 0101.pdf, page 6
  19. File:GamePro US 038.pdf, page 48
  20. File:GamesMaster UK 004.pdf, page 66
  21. File:Joypad FR 018.pdf, page 78
  22. File:MegaForce FR 15.pdf, page 88
  23. 23.0 23.1 File:Micromania ES 062.pdf, page 45
  24. File:MeanMachinesSega05UK.pdf, page 70
  25. File:PlayerOne FR 029.pdf, page 56
  26. File:SegaForce SE 1993 03.pdf, page 18
  27. File:SegaForce UK 15.pdf, page 28
  28. File:SegaForce UK 17.pdf, page 80
  29. File:Supergame BR 17.pdf, page 16
  30. File:ConsolesPlus FR 020.pdf, page 132
  31. File:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf, page 145
  32. File:MegaForce FR 17.pdf, page 94
  33. File:MeanMachinesSega08UK.pdf, page 68
  34. File:PlayerOne FR 031.pdf, page 96
  35. File:SegaForce SE 1993 04.pdf, page 20
  36. File:SegaMasterForce UK 02.pdf, page 10
  37. File:SegaForce UK 17.pdf, page 36
  38. File:ConsolesPlus FR 020.pdf, page 133
  39. File:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf, page 166
  40. File:GamePro US 045.pdf, page 152
  41. File:MegaForce FR 17.pdf, page 104
  42. File:Micromania ES 062.pdf, page 44
  43. File:SegaForce SE 1993 05.pdf, page 27
  44. File:SegaPower UK 46.pdf, page 40
  45. File:SegaForce UK 17.pdf, page 31