|title=Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators
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 1993More... but was cancelled for unknown reasons.
During development the game was known internally as McKids (not to be confused with the earlier M.C. Kids from 1992, which is also a Virgin game based on McDonalds that stars characters called Mick and Mack).
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.