Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators

Virgin's environmental heroes, Mick and Mack, are back at it. This time around, they're cleaning up the environment on the Game Gear. So pick up your Goo Gun and help these boys be stronger than dirt.

Grime Doesn't Pay

Less screen doesn't mean less fun. As in the Genesis version, Global Gladiators is a one-player side-scroller. You choose to play either Mick or Mack on a quest to gather McDonald's Arches and take care of grime in four worlds-Slime World, the Rain Forest, Toxie Town, and the Arctic. Each world has three levels, and on each level you must collect a certain number of Arches within a given time limit. Each level ups the Arches you must collect. If you surpass the required number and reach the bonus number of Arches required, there's a recycling Bonus Level in store for you.

The filth in this cart isn't easy to sweep under the rug. Although they're smaller, your opponents-blobs, biting crustaceans, flaming flames, acid raindrops, and more-have gotten tougher. Now they knock you off your feet while you're standing on the ground, ledges, and other places that were a little more stable in the Genesis version.

Recycled Graphics and Sound

The Game Gear Global Gladiators' programmers did an excellent job of recycling sights and sounds. Most of the graphics and animations are the same, including the thunderstorm effects and the same ice-blowing glaciers. The boys are small and not as swift, but their lack of speed is a plus, since their feet seem to slip more on the grunge than they did in the original. Virgin kept most of the sounds from the Genesis version, but you'll miss some of the sound effects, such as the noise the boys used to make while shaking their heads after they were hit.

A Pollution Solution

Game Gear Global Gladiators maintains the same level of fun found in the Genesis version, plus adds a few more disgusting challenges to clean up. Everyone likes to get their hands a little dirty sometimes, and the dirtier the better. If you liked its big brother, you should love this portable. Global Gladiators is good clean fun!

ProTips:

  • As in the Genesis version, you'll find Arches In the clouds. Go ahead and jump. You'll find secret platforms.
  • If you keep to the lower levels by crossing the waterfalls In the first level of the Rain Forest, you'll find a 1-up.
  • If you use the directional pad to look up and down while you shoot, you'll find that your Goo ammunition will seek out opponents above and below you.

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Mother Earth can breathe easier. Tine Global Gladiators, Mick and Mack (with the help of McDonald's Hamburgers) are here to clean up the environment on your Genesis. This Virgin game is nothing like its Nintendo cousin, M.C. Kids. There's no family resemblance!! After playing this game, you won't want anything else but a Big Mac and fries!

Earth First

The Earth is infested by pollutants and grime. Smog, litter, toxic waste, acid rain, and various other environmental downers threaten to ruin our planet. Luckily, Mick and Mack are here to save the day.

Armed with only your Goo Gun, you run and hop around as either of our environmentally conscious heroes. The action isn't intense, but it's extremely fast. Your boys run really quickly. Sometimes they plunge off a cliff before they even realize that they were near the edge. Fortunately, they can skid to a stop just as quickly. Unfortunately, though, the guys can't combat grime together, and it can get lonely in the four environments (each with three levels)—Toxitown, the Arctic, the Forest, and the Slime levels.

ProTips:

  • Most of the time you can't see ground-level terrain. Take leaps of faith, but look for bubbling bubbles at the bottom of the screen. In the forest and the slime levels, they're a hint not to jump.
  • The ground may look solid under your feet, but it can be deceiving. Watch out for mud slides.

Big Mac Attack

Waste threatens to choke you, literally, and it comes in all shapes and sizes. Thg animated pollutants are more annoying than tough to beat. Just one blast with your Goo Gun and they're back to biodegradable sizes.

On the Slime level, big globs of goo spit toxic waste at you. In the Forest, you've gotta watch out for hard-hatted squirrels, hatchets running wild, chain saw massacres, jumping big-mouthed (and toothed) crustaceans, and skunks. They seem harmless, but there won't be anything left of the trees if you don't stop 'em.

When you play in the Toxitown levels, you can tell this game was created in L.A. Big clouds of smog blow dirty air at you. Garbage cans chuck tin cans in your direction. Plus, you have to fend off acid raindrops, fire that jumps from furnaces, and jack hammers.

You'll find the inhabitants of the Arctic cool towards strangers, not to mention cruel. Battle Polar Bears, cyclones, snowball-chucking Abominable Snowmen, and chomping avalanches.

  • In the Forest's third stage, man- eating plants spit at you, but you can't kill them. Try to avoid their saliva.
  • Watch out for the crustaceans that jump from the water in the Forest Levels.They can cost you a life, even when you're standing innocently on the ground away from the edge of the water.

The beasties will trip you up in your search for the Golden Arches. In this game, however, they aren't always gold. Sometimes they come in different colors, like blue, yellow, red, purple, etc. The colorful Arches blend in well with the vibrant background graphics.

  • Keep an eye out for secret high-in- the-sky platforms. You can jump on them to get bonus hearts, 1-ups, clocks to increase your time limit, and high scoring Arches.
  • Don't fret if you can't reach those high up hearts, 1-ups, and Arches. If you have patience and keep jumping, you'll get your well deserved reward.

Waste Not, Want Not

Once you reach the end of a level, Ronald urges you on with his checkered flag. The 11 bonus rounds force you to recycle. (We should all being doing it anyway.) You have to catch falling newspapers, aluminum cans, and glass bottles, and put them in their appropriate containers before the next piece of debris falls. The rounds get progressively harder, of course.

You can't jump on the pipes in Toxitown. You'll plunge to a smoggy death if you try.

The sound effects and graphics are good enough to make Ronald proud. Mick and Mack scream "ouch" when they're hit and "awesome" or "cool" when they get high-scoring items. The music is good, but a little repetitive. The graphics are un-McBeatable! The McDonalds references are there, but minimal. If you linger too long in any one place, Mick and Mack start blowing bubbles with their bubble gum, or they wiggle their eyebrows. So, keep up the pace.

Happy Meal

Keeping the Earth litter and pollutant free is a dirty job, but everyone's got to do it. Mick and Mack just make it gallons of fun. So, do your part, by joining the Global Gladiators.

reggie posted a review
  • Genesis - Virgin
  • Theme: Action
  • Available: November 1992
  • No. of Levels: 15

Meet two of the greatest 'grime' fighters in the world, Mick and Mack! Armed with a glop gun and tons of courage, they are a force determined to rid the world of glop machines and other forms of pollution. Travel through the slime pits, forests and toxic town where pollution is at its worst. Earn bonus lives by collecting 'm' icons and destroying all the glop creatures. So Mc-hop to it and save the planet from filth!

People say:

6

There are two sides to this game: 1) It has the most awesome graphics and sounds to come along since Sonic. The look and feel of the game is truly impressive. 2) The controls and not as accurate and responsive as they need to be. The character moves too fast for its own good. Looks great - plays average.

8

Another hit from Virgin. This 16 bit version really shows off the system's potential. The graphics, tunes and challenge are all near perfect and the game is one which once you start it, you don't want to quit. With tons of hidden objects there is a lot of exploration to do but this just adds to the enjoyment. Exceptional!

8

An excellent action game with great graphics, excellent sounds, and solid game play. The animation is liquid smooth and the game play is as fast as Sonic in some areas. The graphics are highly detailed and the sounds feature voice and other digitized effects. Plenty of levels and hidden surprises!

8

Anyone smell french fries? Mick and Mack are back in full 16-bit style! Wow! One look at the crisp graphics and smooth animation, and I got hungry for more! This is the type of environmentally aware game that belongs in the family! What a great way to send a positive message in a fun format! Worthy!

reggie posted a review
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: November 1992
  • No. of Levels: 15
  • Theme: Action

Fight back with Mick and Mack!

McDonald's and Virgin have come together to bring us Mick and Mack, the Global Gladiators!

They fight gook and gunk anywhere it might linger, from the jungle to the city or the forest to the Antarctic. With your help, Mick and Mack will clean up the world! You even get a chance to test your recycling reflexes.

You start in the jungle fighting slime creatures, and then move into the forest where you battle spitting squirrels, walking axes and other bizarre creatures. This leads you to the toxic city where fireballs roam the half-completed building sights looking to fry any careless gladiators. Then, it's off to the arctic zone where paths of ice and snow are slick and dangerous - but someone has to clean up the oil spills!

Mick and Mack, the Global Gladiators, are sure to be a big hit among the younger crowd. Clean up your act with Mick and Mack!

reggie posted a review

SEE MIck AND MACK SPRING. DASH AND BLAST THROUGH OVER 1250 FRAMES OF CHARACTER ANIMATIONS - WE'RE TALKIN' 10 TIMES MORE THAN YOU'VE EVER SEEN BEFORE! ADD MICK AND MACK'S HI-TECH COO-SHOOTERS AND YOU'VE COT A GLOBAL PATROL READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD!

EYE-POPPING BACKGROUND GRAPHICS AND SCENERY LIKE NEVER BEFORE SEEN ON YOUR GENESIS.

AWESOME MUSIC AND SOUND EFFECTS GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOUR PARENTS SHOUT "TURN THAT DOWN!"

reggie posted a review
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