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
Publisher: Virgin Games
Developer:
Licensor: McDonald's Corporation
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action[1], Arcade[2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.9959.99[3][4] T-70066
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-70066-50
Sega Mega Drive
EU
(Classic)
70066-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 119.95119.95[8] T-70066-50
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MDJ70066
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[7][5] T-70066-50
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
BR
044370
Sega Master System
EU
MK-27062-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM 89.9589.95[8] MK-27062-50
Sega Master System
PT
MSJ27062
Sega Master System
UK
£29.9929.99[10] MK-27062-50
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Master System
BR
027090
Sega Game Gear
EU
T-70058-50
Sega Game Gear
EU
(Classic)
70058-50
Sega Game Gear
UK
£29.9929.99[12][13] T-70058-50
Non-Sega versions

Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators, called just Global Gladiators in Europe and Brazil, is a run-and-gun platformer by Virgin Games. The game is a McDonald's licensed game with an environmental theme, with the protagonists fighting enemies and machinery that represent pollution. Mick and Mack's weapons closely resemble "Super Soaker" water guns. It was also one of the first games to have a dark-skinned protagonist.

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[14] 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 McDonald's that stars characters called Mick and Mack).

Story

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Introduction

Mick and Mack are hanging out at a McDonald's and reading a comic book when Ronald McDonald appears and sucks them into the comic book.

Gameplay

The game is a run-and-gun platformer played as Mick or Mack (selectable in the options before starting the game). There are four worlds with three levels each, and there is only one boss fight, at the end of the game. The goal of each level is to collect Golden Arches, which unlocks the exit, similar to the later Virgin game Cool Spot. The player must collect 30 Golden Arches to complete the level or 75 Golden Arches to unlock the bonus game. Each level has 100 Golden Arches total.

Mick and Mack walk with Left and Right and break into a run after traveling in the same direction for a moment. They jump with C. They are equipped with guns that resemble Super Soakers and shoot goo, which are fired with B. The trajectory of the shot can be arced upward with Up+B or downward with Down+B. The guns can be fired while in the air or moving. Firing has a bit of recoil that pushes the character back (potentially off a platform), even in the air.

The character's health is depicted by an arrow at the bottom of the screen. The player loses a life and restarts at the last checkpoint if the character runs out of health. Some hazards instantly kill the character, such as falling into a slime pit. Each level is timed, and the player loses a life by running out of time as well. The player retains the number of Golden Arches collected after losing a life. If the player runs out of lives, the game ends unless the player has continues remaining. Continues can be collected in the bonus game.

Items

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Golden Arches
Collect 30 to complete the level or 75 to access the bonus game. The arches spin at different rates, with the faster arches awarding more bonus points, but they are all worth the same for completing the level.
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Heart
Fully replenishes Mick or Mack's health.
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Clock
Gives the player more time to complete the level.
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Continue Arrow
Checkpoint where Mick or Mack restarts after losing a life.
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1-Up
Gives the player an extra life.
Continue Coin
Gives the player an extra continue.

Worlds

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Slime World

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Mystical Forest

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Toxi-Town

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Arctic World

Bonus Game

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Bonus game

If the player collects 75 Golden Arches in a single level, the bonus game unlocks. It is a recycling game where Mick or Mack collects falling cans, bottles, and newspapers and throws them into the matching recycling bin (by standing in front of it and pressing A, B, or C). The game ends if the Mick or Mack is hit by a falling anvil or lets a can, bottle, or newspaper settle on the floor for too long. The player can earn extra lives and continues in the bonus game.

Versions

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.

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[15]
Source:
Manual credits[16]


Master System version

Source:
In-game credits[17]


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
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[18]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
82
[19]
Consoles + (FR)
92
[20]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
90
[7]
Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) NTSC-U
83
[21]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
75
[22]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
60
[23]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
79
[24]
GameFan (US)
94
[25]
Game Power (IT)
90
[26]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
95
[27]
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
86
[28]
Game Informer (US)
90
[29]
Joypad (FR)
95
[30]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
83
[31]
Mega (UK) PAL
75
[6]
Mega Action (UK)
93
[32]
Mega Action (UK) PAL
88
[33]
Mega Force (FR)
96
[34]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
72
[35]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
75
[36]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
81
[37]
Megazin (SI)
57
[38]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
92
[39]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
80
[40]
Player One (FR)
97
[41]
Play Time (DE)
81
[42]
Score (CZ)
71
[43]
Sega Magazin (DE)
82
[8]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
88
[44]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
93
[45]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
93
[46]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
80
[47]
Sega Force (SE)
83
[48]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
94
[49]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
88
[50]
Supergame (BR) NTSC-U
84
[51]
Supersonic (FR)
91
[52]
Todo Sega (ES)
90
[53]
Top Secret (PL)
100
[54]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
80
[55]
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
90
[4]
Sega Mega Drive
84
Based on
42 reviews

Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators

Mega Drive, US
Global Gladiators MD US Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Global Gladiators MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Global Gladiators MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Global Gladiators MD EU cart.jpg
Cart
Global Gladiators MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
MMGG MD EU pcb.jpg
PCB
Mega Drive, EU (Classic)
GlobalGladiators MD EU classic cover.jpg
Cover
Global Gladiators MD EU cart.jpg
Cart
Global Gladiators MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, FR

Global Gladiators MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, FR (Blister pack)
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Cover
Mega Drive, PT
MMGG MD PT cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU
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Cover
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR)
90
[56]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
77
[57]
Game Power (IT)
90
[58]
Gamers (DE)
53
[59]
Mega Force (FR)
91
[60]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
61
[61]
Megazin (SI) PAL
57
[38]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
88
[62]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
77
[63]
Player One (FR)
89
[64]
Sega Magazin (DE) PAL
67
[8]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
82
[65]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
64
[66]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
74
[67]
Sega Force (SE)
86
[68]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
86
[69]
Sega Master Force (UK) PAL
86
[70]
Sega Master System
78
Based on
17 reviews

Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators

Master System, EU
Global Gladiators SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
GlobalGladiators SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, PT
GlobalGladiators SMS PT cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, PT (Super Preço)
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Cover
Master System, AU

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

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR)
92
[71]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
91
[12]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
70
[72]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
85
[73]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
90
[74]
Megablast (DE)
37
[75]
Mega Force (FR)
93
[76]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
61
[61]
Megazin (SI)
57
[38]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
90
[39]
Player One (FR)
80
[77]
Sega Magazin (DE)
80
[78]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
74
[79]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
58
[80]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
70
[13]
Sega Force (SE)
86
[81]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
87
[82]
Video Games (DE) PAL
70
[83]
Sega Game Gear
76
Based on
18 reviews

Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators

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

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 Page
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)

References

  1. File:GlobalGladiators GG EU Box Back.jpg
  2. File:Global Gladiators SMS EU Box.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 GamePro, "September 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 49
  4. 4.0 4.1 VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "December 1992" (US; 1992-1x-xx), page 40
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 GamesMaster, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-18), page 67
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Mega, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-18), page 58
  7. 7.0 7.1 Computer & Video Games, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-15), page 62
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Sega Magazin, "September/Oktober 1993" (DE; 1993-09-01), page 72
  9. 9.0 9.1 Sega Pro, "Juni 1993" (DE; 1993-05-28), page 40
  10. Sega Zone, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-xx), page 61
  11. 11.0 11.1 GamesMaster, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 18
  12. 12.0 12.1 Computer & Video Games, "June 1993 (Go! Issue 20)" (UK; 1993-05-15), page 6
  13. 13.0 13.1 Sega Zone, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-xx), page 59
  14. Sega Visions, "June/July 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 97
  15. File:Global Gladiators MD credits.pdf
  16. File:Global Gladiators MD US Manual.pdf, page 11
  17. File:Global Gladiators SMS credits.png
  18. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 88
  19. Aktueller Software Markt, "Avril 1993" (DE; 1993-03-08), page 128
  20. Consoles +, "Mars 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 80
  21. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "November 1992" (US; 1992-10-13), page 67
  22. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "September 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 24
  23. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 318
  24. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 51
  25. GameFan, "Volume 1, Issue 1: October 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 6
  26. Game Power, "Febbraio 1993" (IT; 1993-0x-xx), page 30
  27. GamePro, "September 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 48
  28. GamesMaster, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-18), page 66
  29. Game Informer, "September/October 1992" (US; 1992-0x-xx), page 6
  30. Joypad, "Mars 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 78
  31. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 12
  32. Mega Action, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 65
  33. Mega Action, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-17), page 20
  34. Mega Force, "Mars 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 88
  35. Mega Fun, "02/93" (DE; 1993-0x-xx), page 36
  36. Mega Fun, "07/93" (DE; 1993-06-23), page 84
  37. MegaTech, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-20), page 34
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 Megazin, "Letnik 1, Številka 2, Oktober 1993" (SI; 1993-xx-xx), page 28
  39. 39.0 39.1 Micromanía (segunda época), "Julio 1993" (ES; 1993-0x-xx), page 44
  40. Mean Machines Sega, "February 1993" (UK; 1993-01-28), page 70
  41. Player One, "Mars/Avril 1993" (FR; 1993-03-10), page 60
  42. Play Time, "4/93" (DE; 1993-03-10), page 106
  43. Score, "Leden 1994" (CZ; 1994-01-03), page 39
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  45. Sega Pro, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-11), page 24
  46. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 65
  47. Sega Zone, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 42
  48. Sega Force, "3/93" (SE; 1993-05-13), page 18
  49. Sega Force, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-04), page 28
  50. Sega Force, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-01), page 80
  51. Supergame, "Dezembro 1992" (BR; 1992-12-xx), page 16
  52. Supersonic, "Mars 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 20
  53. Todo Sega, "Abril 1993" (ES; 1993-03-15), page 22
  54. Top Secret, "Kwiecień 1995" (PL; 1995-xx-xx), page 57
  55. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 81
  56. Consoles +, "Mai 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 136
  57. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 145
  58. Game Power, "Maggio 1993" (IT; 1993-0x-xx), page 70
  59. Gamers, "März/April 1994" (DE; 1994-03-04), page 72
  60. Mega Force, "Mai 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 94
  61. 61.0 61.1 Mega Fun, "07/93" (DE; 1993-06-23), page 91
  62. Micromanía (segunda época), "Julio 1993" (ES; 1993-0x-xx), page 45
  63. Mean Machines Sega, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-24), page 68
  64. Player One, "Mai/Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-05-10), page 102
  65. Sega Power, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-06), page 46
  66. Sega Pro, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-08), page 44
  67. Sega Zone, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-xx), page 60
  68. Sega Force, "4/93" (SE; 1993-07-08), page 20
  69. Sega Force, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-01), page 36
  70. Sega Master Force, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-07-22), page 10
  71. Consoles +, "Mai 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 137
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  73. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 166
  74. GamePro, "April 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 152
  75. Megablast, "4/93" (DE; 1993-09-29), page 101
  76. Mega Force, "Mai 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 104
  77. Player One, "Juin/Juillet 1993" (FR; 1993-06-10), page 110
  78. Sega Magazin, "November/Dezember 1993" (DE; 1993-11-03), page 45
  79. Sega Power, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-05), page 40
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  83. Video Games, "8/93" (DE; 1993-07-28), page 118


Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators

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Prereleases:
Sega Mega Drive
Prototypes: 1992-10
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Sega Mega Drive
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Sega Master System
Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators (1993)
Sega Game Gear
Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators (1993) | Donald no Magical World (1994)
Sega Pico
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Windows PC
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