Konami’s ’80s brawler Crime Fighters returns to clean up the streets


It’s horrible, however paves the approach for superior sequels

You have to love that flyer… Jerrica Benton from Jem, some dude doing Joey Tribiani’s “Smell the Fart” appearing, a British soccer hooligan, an Offspring fan, and me on the far left sporting shades… Even although I do not keep in mind this picture being taken, I’m certain that is really me.

Hamster has stepped away from its run of shmups to ship shut encounters of the worst sort for this week’s Arcade Archives launch. Revisiting the brawler style, the retro writer has dropped Konami’s 1989 launch Crime Fighters onto PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

Crime Fighters sees up to 4 gamers take to the imply streets so as to rescue a literal parade of kidnapped girls from a gangland boss. Seriously, there’s not one damsel in misery in Crime Fighters, there’s about 14. As is the meta of the Eighties, relatively than merely ship an armed process drive immediately to the villains’ lair, the police as an alternative assign a small contingent of undercover cops. Their mission: Trudge by means of the metropolis and beat the ever-loving shit out of anybody sporting tie-dyed clothes or a mohawk.

Check out the motion beneath, on this video courtesy of YouTuber World of Longplays.

Released throughout an period the place the complete business had fallen head-over-heels for beat ’em ups, Crime Fighters is, frankly, a poor instance of the style. The blah brawler options microscopic visuals; unwieldy controls; weak particular strikes and weapons; and huge, empty levels. Players even lose well being just by “existing” – a dick transfer employed by Konami in sure arcade releases to hold the quarters following in. Crime Fighters can be roundly and rightly trounced by Capcom’s Final Fight and its personal Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, each of which launched the identical 12 months.

Crime Fighters does preserve a legacy, nevertheless, in the type of its two good sequels: 1991’s tongue-in-cheek face smasher, Vendetta, and 1993’s post-apocalyptic punch-up, Violent Storm. Both of those titles realized a lot from Crime Fighters‘ failings in gameplay, selection, and aesthetic – and as such are rightfully ranked amongst the finest brawlers of all-time. Here’s hoping that these arcade classics will even be headed our approach, bottle in hand, very quickly.

Crime Fighters is out there to obtain now on PS4 and Nintendo Switch, priced at round $8.






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