American Gladiators is far more entertaining than it has any right to be.
Joust, Wall, Human Cannonball, Powerball, and Assault are the events that pummel you. Joust is Urban Champion with ample hairspray and jousting sticks. Each gladiator requires slightly different tactics to knock off their plush mushroom. In Wall, you climb up a wall, but don’t touch any of the blocks or let the thigh-tastic women drag you down.
Human Cannonball is the best. Jump onto a rope that’s swinging between two platforms and swang directly into your shielded opponent on the opposite end. Powerball places you in an arena, with five open holes and a swarm of gladiator jerkbutts. Plug the holes with the balls that appear on either end of the arena and gain an extra life. Finally, Assault launches loads of projectiles at you, courtesy of an always-moving gladiator. Ascend up the course, avoid the projectiles, and get out of there.
Playing and enjoying American Gladiators is like getting lost in a bad Schwarzenegger film. You know you shouldn’t succumb to the stupidity oozing out of your screen, but every passing second compels you to play/watch more. Before you know it, your shirt is in tatters on the floor, and Warrant is blasting out of nowhere. You roar in a triumphant stupor. You are an American Gladiator.
PUBLISHER: Gametek DEVELOPER: Incredible Technologies
RELEASE DATE: 10/1991 – (US)
ALSO AVAILABLE ON: Amiga, Genesis, PC, SNES