Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: As above
Release Date: 1983
Code: John Field
GFX: John Field
ZZAP64 Game Rating: n/a
Our Game Rating: 69%
Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins
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The Last Gladiator is a fighting game by EA. It looks and plays pretty poorly with the graphics being monochrome and badly drawn – but I found it fun to play…
You play the part of a gladiator who has to fight various creatures in an arena. You can pick up various weapons which range from hand held weapons such as a sword, to throwing weapons such as a spear. The enemies are pretty varied too – from winged beasts to giant spiders and snakes. The battles are usually pretty quick and depend on how you get your first strike in. You need to work quickly as later on the enemies keep coming at you, so you need to kill your opponents as soon as you can otherwise you will be attacked from all sides.
This game is by no means a classic but it’s a good little beat-em-up to play for an hour or so.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: It’s not very hard to beat. I just fought until I’d beaten all the levels.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: If you beat the hardest skill level, you have to beat the end of level gladiator. Once you have hacked him to death, your gladiator runs into the centre of the screen and leaps in the air in celebration. The game then keeps looping back to the hardest skill level.
Neil: It’s only a short bit of animation which you see at the end of all the levels, so it isn’t worth playing until the end really. 2/10.
Vinny: It appears that some Commodore 64 games really stand the test of time and are still as fresh as the day they first appeared on our Computer Game shop shelves… but that’s not always the case. Some games, such as The Last Gladiator, really do look OLD and there is no doubt that they are from an era that was just starting out and had not yet developed itself into a world of great game play, amazing sound, and gorgeous graphics.
Wow! This game ending is really showing its age! 1.5/10 from me.
Brendan Phoenix: In the style of Caesar – this gets a thumbs down from me.
Andrew Fisher: The hero is no Russell Crowe, that’s for sure. Never heard of this early EA title – but then at that point they did not have a European distribution deal. Very basic animation but it has a little charm. If you want a gladiatorial game, check out budget game Sword Slayer by Players.
Andy Vaisey: In harsh reality, this game and ending is not good!
However, I find it interesting from an historical aspect. To compare this ’83 release to releases from the 90’s is to see the amazing progress programmers, artists and musicians made in those years.
From that point of view, I’ll sit down and have a play of this game out of interest.
FINAL SAY: After all that fighting I expected more. 😦
G.E. RATING: 2 / 10