Posts Tagged ‘beat ’em up’

Wot I Think: Mother Russia Bleeds

Living as we do, deep in the Age of Nostalgia, it’s easy to see why an old-school beat-em-up would appear out of the blue, complete with all the classic features – waves of enemies, four player co-op, destructible cars, weapons to pick up and throw at the bad guys. But, despite adding a few tweaks to the formula, Mother Russia Bleeds [official site] sticks so closely to the game design of the arcade that it also replicates all the obvious mistakes. It’s less a reimagining of the left-to-right brawler than an outright resurrection. But this is just wot I think.

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Biff! Devolver Release Beat ‘Em Up Mother Russia Bleeds

Imagine if Devolver Digital were to publish a beat ’em up. It’d probably have gritty pixel graphics, right, and buckets of blood, guts, and cussing, yeah? An edgy setting and shocking scenes? That’s about what I’d expect and – what a coincidence! – that’s Mother Russia Bleeds [official site], a beat ’em up made by French studio Le Cartel and released by Devolver this very day.

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Freeware Garden: Iron Snout

One of the most important thing we have all learned on the internet is that pigs are both smart and awesome. Now Iron Snout is here to teach us they can also make for excellent fighters, and it does so by being a lovely, fast-paced, vividly coloured and cartoon-y fighting game pitting a single heroic pig against countless wolves.

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Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds On PC Next Week

One has to love a prompt port. Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds came out on Xbox 360 in February 2013, meaning that its PC port follows a mere 23 months on its heels. Its port is to be released via various digital distributors, including that really big one with all the money hats, on January 23rd. Battle Grounds is a side-scrolling brawler spin-off from the Phantom Breaker fighting series, with a chibi aesthetic which means you’ll either hate it on sight, think its adorable, or just shrug and get on with the actual gameplay. That whole Marmite factor thing is nonsense, isn’t it? I think Marmite is… kind of okay.

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Triple Dose Of Double Dragon Now On Steam And GOG

I can’t help but feel that DotEmu, the publisher behind new Double Dragon re-releases, have missed a trick. Triple Dragon, anyone? Why, you could even apply a little arithmetic and go with Sextuple Dragon to spice the series up a bit.

Still, even if you disagree with their naming policy, you’ve got to give DotEmu a pat on the back for continuing to port numerous retro games to the PC. Double Dragon Trilogy is available now on GOG for £3.19 or on Steam for £3.83.

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The Con Is Gone: Devil’s Dare

Devil’s Dare is a realistic depiction of what would happen in the event of an invasion of creatures from horror and sci-fi movies at a games convention. Naturally, a group of gamers fight back against the beasties, which range from the expected (zombies) to the rather more unusual (there’s a T-800 in there, if my eyes don’t deceive me). The action takes the form of a Streets of Rage style beat ’em up and can be played by up to four people, locally, with unique skillsets for each character. Permadeath is in play and it’s the risk/reward scheme surrounding ultimate demise that has me intrigued – run out of coins and you’re gone for good, but don’t spend cash on upgrades and you’ll struggle as the going gets tough.

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