Space Gladiators Review (PlayStation 4)

For our Space Gladiators Review, we play a 2D hand-drawn rogue-lite platformer following a bunch of captives fighting their way out of a planet prison. Defeat hordes of aliens in the gladiatorial arenas and earn your freedom!

Space Gladiators Review Pros:

  • Nice cartoon graphics.
  • 235.9MB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Own in-game achievements called challenges.
  • Works on Playstation 5.
  • Game settings – can be turned on and off individually – boss intros, zone intros, tutorial prompts, display numbers, enemy health bar, cool down bar, telegraphs, quick drops, optimize coins, show timer, and challenge help.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Global settings – language, shadows, screenshake slider, freeze frames, blood quantity slider, particles, Hud style (bars/icons), minima, and waffles.
  • The discoveries menu shows all encountered enemies and collected items.
  • Roguelike Splatformer gameplay.
  • Has a Binding of Isaac feel to it.
  • Opening tutorial section.
  • Moves fast and is very fluid with its commands and movement.
  • Loadout – offensive ability, outfit, doll, and defensive ability.
  • Run based.
  • End of a run breakdown showing time, exp gained, enemies killed, etc.
  • Unlock new characters each having unique stats and abilities.
  • Playable characters have their own difficulty level attached to them.
  • It Plays really well.
  • The mini-map shows what to expect in each room as do the signs.
  • Choose your own path in the level.
  • Pick up powers or food to heal.
  • 2D perspective.
  • Pick up coins from enemies and break objects in the world.
  • Shop to buy items to change your stats or give new abilities and attacks.
  • Challenge room fights allow you to pick one of three enemy choices. You get told how many enemies and the reward.
  • Earn EXP and level up for Rewards. Each character has its own exp bar and level.
  • The game’s achievements pop up at the end of a run or during it depending on what it’s for.
  • Demon altars allow you to buy items with your health.
  • Very addictive.
  • Simple to learn.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Meet a wide range of characters that will offer items or state swaps and much more.
  • Coins also act as exp.

Space Gladiators Review Cons:

  • Levels do feel claustrophobic.
  • The screen can fill up really fast and make it harder to see yourself.
  • Not always sure where you are when first entering a room.
  • Takes a while to get going.
  • Gets crazy and very reflex-heavy later on.
  • The game doesn’t reveal itself for a while.

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Space Gladiators:

Official website.

Developer: Thomas Gervraud

Publisher: Thomas Gervraud

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!