The Last Gladiator is a pinball game that was distributed in 1995 by Sega Saturn and while there is now a version that was created for the iOS game, this is more about the original. Hopefully the new one will be able to achieve the same level of play in the initial version. If you’re a pinball lover, chances are you’ll be after this game.
The game has a great heavy metal soundtrack that everyone knows goes well with the game of pinball. The game has a multiple other sonic additions that make it really fun to play and generally take you back in time to standing at the local arcade, playing with your buddies.
The game features four pinball tables to play on and each one differs slightly from the other. The main objective for each of the games is essentially to achieve that high score and to outdo yourself every time you play, but at least they offer some variety in which you can do this. The first table is the Gladiators and this is set in ancient Rome where the Gladiators are battling for their freedom. The second one is the Night of the Roses and here you will get a knight that is also fighting for salvation. The third table is Dragon Showdown and here you have ancient emperor that is in a struggle to gain supremacy of an Oriental world. Finally, the forth table which is Warlock features a holy war that is kind of epic. The last one has a multiball game that is a ton of fun to play. The game may not be the most up to date cutting edge but if you love that retro feel, you’ll love it. If you’re in the right mood to be transported to your youth, this is great for you.
While it does miss that analogue feel, essentially it still offers a great environment. The screens really do look like pinball machines. The load might make you think that the game is really going to blow and you’ll be happily surprised. The game offers fairly realistic looking pinball with the balls and flippers moving in such a way to affect an actual machine and the graphics are fairly sophisticated for 1996.
The game was actually a good match for the Sega Saturn and it was a very playable games. Some players might be somewhat annoyed by the instructional signage that pops up telling you what to do next which, in theory, might sound like a nice added feature but in truth, they block the game and you really want to turn them off.
The control configurations have two different options and you can use the bumper buttons to control the flippers and the other buttons simply shake the game around a bit. The second option is where all the right hand side control the right flipper and the ones on the left side control the left flipper.
Last Gladiators might surprise you. The main caveat is that you are a pinball game enthusiast; otherwise, you’ll probably find the game to be pretty pedestrian and not necessarily your cup of tea.