Crime Fighters


Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 6

Sound: 6

Gameplay: 5.5

Overall: 6

Here's a game that certainly has something special, but is completely ruined by a ludicrous difficulty level. Unless you have 4 people playing this one at once, you have no chance of making it through this game. Even then it's not the easiest arcade game ever designed and is still hampered by slow gameplay, something that Final Fight did so much better the same year.

The 4 main characters are of the generic variety, hardly any difference between them. Your goal is to rescue a cascade of women who have been kidnapped by an evil group (duh) comprised of the usual assortment of druggies, kung-fu-masters, muscle bound strongmen, and chainsaw wielding maniacs. The good guys have the usual kicks and punches to fend off the onslaught, but they'll hardly make it through unscathed.

The stages aren't overly long, but they're jammed packed with baddies who know nothing better than to swarm you. You'll get lost in the massive pile-ups on a regular basis. The small characters give you plenty of room to maneuver, but with up to 10 on the screen at once, it really doesn't matter. In a really disastrous design move, your health is constantly dwindling down, even when you're not being hit. You're forced to constantly feed the machine quarters to keep going. Everything is animated nicely, and there's some racy signage (at least for the time), but it never comes together like it should.

By the time you hit stage 6, the game should be over. The entire package is about 4 stages too long, made worse by the endless barrage of enemies. Note and spoiler: After the final stage, the game will tell you it's not over and there's one challenge left. Don't bother. It's one screen filled with every boss in the game AT ONCE. What do you get for beating it? Nothing... the game simply starts over. This is just plain asinine.

Here's a game that simply suffers from the fact that it needs to make money at all times. The difficulty, even on it's easy setting is so ridiculous, there's no way you'll put in more money after stage 2. The again, if your playing on MAME, the credit issue might not be a problem. Then, you'll simply feel overwhelmed at every turn. Skip this one and head directly for it's outstanding sequel, Vendetta.


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