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Equipped with a suit of armor, sword, and shield, you must battle through the castle in this side-scroller. Strike or block the different objects coming at you. Fight various opponents, breaking off pieces of their armor, while defeating them. Collect new swords and shields along the way, and hit the magic crystal balls to repair your armor.

Gladiator was produced by Taito in 1986.

Taito released 486 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1967. Taito was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Taito during the time period Gladiator was produced include: Lady Master of Kung Fu, Typhoon Gal, Super Dead Heat, Onna Sanshirou, Metal Soldier Isaac 2, Alcon, Arkanoid, Battle Lane Vol. 5, Big Event Golf, and Bobble Bobble


Name Gladiator
Developer Taito (Japan)
Year 1986
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7950
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Gladiator Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Gladiator Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 3 - Attack UpAttack MiddleAttack Down
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail
Bezel Gladiator Bezel Image
PCB Gladiator PCB Image

Game Introduction

The name of the character you control is Guaranos. The names of the evil warriors you must fight are Solon, a sword man, a blockhead fencer Irene, a woman soldier, a mighty lady Zaid, a club giant, a big good-for-nothing fellow and Agathon, a two swordsman, a clumsy fighter. Other enemies include a fire-breathing demon Maitreya, the amazon archer and Gauis, the warrior of death.

The object of the game is to find the treasure. Before you can get to the treasure, you have to destroy Gauis. After you kill him the first time, he will become a skeleton and you will have to fight him again. To kill him again you will have to strike him in the skull. After you have defeated Gauis the second time, you will find the treasure and then the game will begin again.

Gladiator KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 2.38 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 2.00

Overall Like 2.00
Fun (Social) 2.00
Fun (Solo) 2.00
Collector Desire 2.00

Technical Rating: 2.75

Gameplay 2.00
Graphics 4.00
Originality 3.00
Sound/Music 2.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

Your warrior Guaranos can generate a temporary force field during the obstacle course phases when weapons and bats fly at him by rapidly moving the shield up and down. This can only be done once per level.PDuring the combat phases, Guaranos can become invincible flashing golden for a short time. To do this, you must gather 4 swords in the obstacle course phase by striking them and then bending to pick them up from the floor. This will turn your sword red. Then, during the combat phase, strike the opponants shield several times. After the invinciblity has ended, Guaranos armor will be repaired also. This can only be done once per level.POn the third level during the obstacle course, Guaranos can jump up onto the railing behind him and avoid all the flying weapons. To do this, press and hold the shield up when there is a break in the railing.PShurikens thrown during the obstacle course level 1 are worth bonus points if they are struck just after they appear, as opposed to when they circle back towards Guaranos.PMost enemy warriors will stop fighting and jump for joy when they remove your chest plate. You can defeat a difficult enemy by letting him remove your chestplate, and then strike him twice in the same spot while hes dancing.PThe third green axe knight on the third level will often freeze up cease moving after some time. If you are having trouble beating him, stay out of range and strike at his weapon and shield until this happens. You may then attack without the knight attacking or defending.PSome enemies swords may be broken, rendering them helpless. Simply strike the weapons about 25 times to break them. The following enemies weapons can be broken.. Stage 1 Solon, Irene Stage 2 Zaid, White Armored GiantPYou can pick up the mace of the White Armored Giant in stage 2. The mace has a much stronger attack than the sword, but cannot break other weapons.

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The alternate boardset IGolden CastleI has a nudity feature not present in IGladiatorI. The female warrior Irene is shown with bare breasts when defeated by removing all layers of her chest armor in IGladiatorI she still wears a bikini top when defeated this way. This feature is also present in the Japanese boardset IOugon No SiroI.


Uses a 36 pin harness, but is NOT Konami.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Gladiator Census

There are 14,832 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,505 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,882 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Common - There are 35 known instances of this machine owned by Gladiator collectors who are active members. Of these, 2 of them are original dedicated machines. 5 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 28 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Gladiator machine for sale. There are 2 active VAPS members with a Gladiator circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Gladiator.

This game ranks a 12 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 2 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



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