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SUPER TEKKYU FIGHT !
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スーパー鉄球ファイト!
©Banpresto 1995
Release: 1995-09-15 (¥9000)
Cartridge SHVC-AIBJ
Puzzle/Action game

Super Tekkyu Fight is a cute puzzle-action game published by Banpresto and featuring the company's traditional super deformed characters, namely Kamen Rider Black RX, Ultraman, RX-78 Gundam and Banpresto's proprietary hero - Fighter Roa. Our four super-heroes are trapped inside eight maze-like worlds surrounded by all kind of enemies and dangerous hazards. Each world is made of small arenas and, like most games in the genre, every single enemy needs to be crushed to dust in order to unlock the next area. Each world also wraps up with an obligatory boss encounter. However, and unlike other games in the genre, players get to use spiky chain balls to smash their opponents. The weapon starts as a small chain with a limited range but blocks scattered around each floor often hide power-ups which upgrade it in many different ways - like extend its range by one square or turn it into a gold chain that can destroy a whole line of blocks in a single blow. More goodies can be found much the same way - speed boots, extra life and so forth. Special blocks on the play field can also activate series of deadly traps when hit, such as the ones stunning anyone caught in their wake, or others firing blasts of fire or long tentaclous vines. Interestingly, our four heroes also have a life bar and can jump. The latter is at the core of the gameplay - players can jump on blocks and literally bounce off to the nearest tile or block, and unlock some otherwise unreachable areas of the field, or, in the worst case, just fall in a nearby hole and lose a precious life. Moreover, landing on an opponent's head also stun him for a short period of time. Super Tekkyu Fight also features an intense four players battle mode and a password system to save the game's progress at the end of each world.
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The game that comes to my mind immediately after playing Super Tekkyu Fight for the first time is obviously Hudson Soft's Bomberman. Same basic ideas here - which is, if you think about it, not a bad thing. The single player mode is fun and the game features enough enemies and traps to keep you entertained for a while. The battle mode is, as expected, crazy fun and the life bars and jumping action add a lot of fun to the mix. Sadly, the game's biggest problem lies in its controls - they are tricky to use and jumping can be really confusing at times. Same when throwing the long chain balls, they're often not as responsive as you would like them to be. Super Tekkyu Fight can't be accused of failing to introduce its own ideas, but the overall game falls short of its potential. Nevertheless, it is a fun game and a good alternative to Hudson Soft's excellent Bomberman.




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