Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators

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Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators
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
$59.99[1] T-70066
Sega Mega Drive
€? 70066-50
Sega Mega Drive
£39.99[2][3] T-70066-50
Sega Mega Drive
?F T-70066-50
Sega Mega Drive
DM 119,95[4] T-70066-50
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas T-70066-50
Sega Mega Drive
?PTE$ MDJ70066
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
R$? 044370

Sega Master System
£? MK-27062-50
Sega Master System
?F MK-27062-50
Sega Master System
DM 89,95[4] MK-27062-50
Sega Master System
?Ptas MK-27062-50
Sega Master System
?PTE$ MSJ27062
Sega Master System
R$? 027090

Sega Game Gear
€? 70058-50
Sega Game Gear
£29.99[6] T-70058-50
Sega Game Gear
?F T-70058-50
Sega Game Gear
DM ? T-70058-50
Sega Game Gear
?Ptas T-70058-50
Sega Game Gear

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.


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.


Slime World
Mystical Forest
Arctic World


Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Global Gladiators Global Gladiators
English (US) Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators
Portuguese (Brazil) Global Gladiators Global Gladiators

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • 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: In-game credits

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

Master System version

Magazine articles

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

Promotional material

Main article: Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №18, p80-83[9]
90 №136, p62-63[2]
79 №1, p51Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[10]
94 №0101, p6/22[11]
90 №14, p28-31
95 №38, p46-47[12]
86 №4, p66-67[13]
90 №6, p12-13
95 №18, p78-81[14]
83 №7, p12-15
75 №7, p58
93 №1, p65
88 №2, p20-21
96 №15, p88-92[15]
81 №15, p34-36
92 №62, p44-45[16]
80 №5, p70-73[17]
97 №29, p60-63[18]
83 №3/93, p18[19]
88 №40, p34-36
93 №17, p24-27
93 №18, p65
80 №6, p42-43
94 №15, p28-31[20]
88 №17, p80[21]
84 №17, p16[22]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
26 reviews

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

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

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №20, p136[23]
77 №1, p145Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[24]
90 №17, p68-69
91 №17, p96-97[25]
88 №62, p44-45[16]
77 №8, p68-69[26]
89 №31, p102[27]
86 №4/93, p20[28]
86 №2, p10[29]
82 №43, p46-47
64 №19, p44
74 №9, p60-61
86 №17, p36-37[30]
Sega Master System
Based on
13 reviews

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

GlobalGladiators SMS AU Cart.jpg
Master System, BR
Global Gladiators SMS BR Box.jpg
GlobalGladiators SMS BR Cart.jpg
Coupon (outside)
Coupon (inside)
Gift voucher

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №20, p137[31]
91 №139 (Go!), p6-7[6]
85 №1, p166Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[32]
90 №45, p162[33]
93 №17, p106-107[34]
90 №62, p44-45[35]
80 №32, p110
86 №5/93, p27[36]
74 №46, p40-41[37]
58 №20, p64
70 №9, p59
87 №17, p31[38]
Sega Game Gear
Based on
12 reviews

Game Gear, EU
GlobalGladiators GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngGlobal Gladiators GG EU front.jpg
Global Gladiators GG EU cart.JPG
Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators GG EU Manual.pdf
Game Gear, EU (Classic Game Gear)

Global Gladiators GG EU cart.JPG

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
Sega Master System
CRC32 B67CEB76
MD5 73569D2ABEFB7CDCBE9A13456DF525C2
SHA-1 E2E2F45E43F0D4FA5974327E96D7C3EE7F057FAD
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 D2B6021E
MD5 D3A436B1FB64FD6295A30CC12BA6BED9
SHA-1 DDAD863406D429ACB218C75042D5E5C511BDAD4F
256kB Cartridge (US/EU)


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