& 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
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
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
GET IN THERE!
# He's got to
be... so MACHO, he's got to be... so MACHO #
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.
(c)2014 Misguided Fool Wrestling techniques.