Yes, yes, I know… I’ve been playing the shit out of arcade side scrolling beat’em ups. But I just got MAME a few weeks ago and I’m trying to relive the best that my favorite video game genre has to offer. Well, it was my favorite genre when I was eleven but whatever.
I had some pretty fond memories of playing Crime Fighters as a kid. I even remember being disappointed when my primary local arcade got rid of the machine. It was a dark, dark day.
But now, almost thirty years since that broken heart, I can play this game whenever the hell I want.
For beat’em ups, this one is pretty standard. You move with the screen, you smash foes with your fists and feet and you get to play with weapons the baddies drop after you knock them out.
What’s unique about this game, though, is that it has a bit of slapstick humor thrown into it. I always thought that was amusing as a kid and frankly, I completely forgot about it until playing through this again.
Another factor that sets this apart from similar games is that the bosses are all pretty cool and homages to awesome characters of the time. There is a guy that looks like Freddy Krueger, one that looks like Jason Voorhees, a chainsaw dude, a punk dude, an Ivan Drago looking guy and others I’m sure I’m forgetting.
If you dig this genre, you’ll dig this game. Especially, if you’re a fan of retro gaming, as well as ’80s horror.
Pairs well with: other side scrolling beat’em ups of the era.