CREST OF WOLF
( RIOT ZONE )
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(c)1993 HUDSON SOFT
(c)1991 WESTONE
(p) MADE IN JAPAN
Release : 1993-2-26 (•6800) SuperCDRom≤ HCD3044
Beat'em up

American Version
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Released in US as
RIOT ZONE
( TGXCD1035 )
Crest of wolf is a side-scrolling beat them up by Hudson Soft and based on of Westoneís arcade game Riot City which was obviously inspired by other popular brawlers of the time such as Capcomís Final Fight. Before jumping into action, the player can select the fast and light-weight Hawk or the strong but slow Tony. The evil organization Jadoh (called Dragon Zone in the American version) has kidnaped Hawk's girlfriend and both heroes go on a mission to look for her through five long levels in the streets of New York. The game offers a limited range of moves, mainly punches, jump kicks and throws. There is also a special attack that drains some of our heroes life bar but cleans up most of the enemies on screen. The player can also collect items throughout the game such as Jewels or cameras which will increase the final score - others like Sushi or Chicken give our heroes some health back.
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Riot City Crest Of Wolf (aka Riot Zone in America) is based on Sega/Westone's beat'em up called Riot City and released in 1991 (picture on the left). The PC Engine version tested here is however different. First of all, the main characters are called Hawk and Tony, their arcade counterparts are called Paul and Bobby - Tony is a punk-looking fighter and Bobby is a strong bloke with dark hair. The stage's layout was also rearranged - for instance the first stage from the arcade is actually the second level from the PC Engine version. The music soundtrack is also completely different and the PC Engine version sounds a lot better.

Teaser text from the American version:
Hawk and Tony: Two heroes with unique fighting skills - skills they're going to put to the test against the evil organization. Hawk's girlfriend has been taken hostage; but can they defeat the mighty Dragon Zone ?


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Crest of Wolf is a fun game and is one of the very few beat'em up available for the system. Sprites are quite large on screen without noticeable slowdowns, but graphics are sometimes a bit on the rough side. The game is sadly really repetitive and it is lacking a two simultaneous player mode... Moves are also limited and you can easily finish the game by only using jump kicks. It could have been much better but yet, the game offers good music soundtrack and a well balanced action. All in all, Crest of Wolf is an average but still really enjoyable beatím up..




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