Sgt Slaughters Mat Wars

• Publisher: Mindscape
• Developer:
Release Date: 1989
Code: Nigel Spencer

GFX: Unknown
Music: Unknown

ZZAP64 Game Rating: ??%
Our Game Rating: 72%





• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Sergeant Slaughter's Mat Wars is a wrestling game that has been on the request list for quite some time. I tried playing it a while back and found it very difficult to get anywhere. Today I thought I'd have a good crack at it, and it paid off...

First off, you first choose an agent for your wrestler from the five available. They all have different personalities that affect the betting and bribing within the game. You then bid for your wrestler at an auction with the other agents. This determines how much spare cash you will be left with before the fighting begins. From this point you can choose to bet on your fighter or bribe another agent to make sure their fighter takes a dive - allowing your fighter quicker progress up the rankings. There are three arenas to fight in - the first being a crumby gym where you start out. You have many wrestling moves at your disposal including the ability to throw opponents out of the ring. There's also the option to leap out yourself and fight the opponent on the ground beside the ring. If you top the rankings you can challenge the champion and move onto a better and more difficult arena.

The graphics are very good and the characters are quite big and detailed. The playing area is pretty big for a wrestling game too - and the backgrounds change as you move locations.

It's a game that becomes very easy once you have worked out a formula to the fighting, but I quite enjoyed playing it and working out how to beat it. I think it's one of the better wrestling games on the C64.

It looks like it's all over!



# He's got to be... so MACHO, he's got to be... so MACHO #

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Just good old fashioned effort was needed for this one.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: The last wrestler to fight is Mr. Jazz. With my flawless fighting technique, he was soon destroyed without my wrestler having as much as a scratch on him. Sergeant Slaughter is shown giving the 'three count' and the game is beaten. A screen pops up showing your wrestler's picture and confirms that you have won the bout. A beautifully drawn large picture of your wrestler's torso is shown wearing the championship belt. This is followed by a zoomed in picture of the wrestler's chest and the total money you have made during the game. A final picture loads, which shows the wealthy agent and a 'lady friend' driving an expensive car towards a mansion with a beautiful sunset beside it. They both hold champagne glasses to toast the success of your wrestler.

EXTRA INFO: For those interested in beating this game, I found a simple technique to beat the wrestlers. Early on the wrestlers stand still a lot and don't chase you much so run to them, give them two uppercuts and then pick them up and pile drive them. Keep repeating this and you will win easily. Later in the game the fighters will chase a lot, so run around a bit, stand still facing away from them, then use two elbow shots as they approach your back. When they are stunned, turn around, pick them up and pile drive them. Repeat until they have no energy and then pin them. Easy! Copyright (c)2014 Misguided Fool Wrestling techniques.


  • Neil: Most sports games just have a 'well done' or a 'you are the champion' message. This one has more to it and it was well worth finding out about. 6/10.
  • Vinny: I never really got on with this game as it was too frustrating. It looks like Neil found a great way to play through the game and get to the end.

    The ending looks good! Pity there's not audio or message to go with it. 6/10 from me too.
  • Andrew Fisher: It's probably a tie between this and WWF Wrestlemania for best wrestling game on the C64. It's another American game that shows a different attitude to development. Since most users that side of the Atlantic had disk drives, games like this were not afraid to put in extra loads for presentation.

    Very nice static pictures to end the game, a shame there isn't extra music or messages to accompany them.
  • Brendan Phoenix: Great ending and in keeping with the good graphics seen during the game.

FINAL SAY: A neat little ending to this. I quite pleased with it.

G.E. RATING: 6 / 10

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