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- Mortal kombat -

Street fighter 2 was such a phenomenon that it spawned an immense number of clones, some of which tried a lot of new things to be different from the rest. Mortal Kombat used digitized backgrounds and characters so it had quite a different look from others at least. Digitized sound effects also added to the atmosphere as Scorpion screaming "GET OVER HERE!" after throwing his spear into an opponent will be instantly recognizeable. The other thing was that when you won two bouts against the same opponent, thus winning the match, you could perform a fatality move in which you finished off the opponent usually in a bloody display.

The story of Mortal Kombat goes like this, every 50 years there is a tournament held between earths and outlands greatest fighters. If ten tournaments are won by outland in a row they will be able to cross into the earth realm and thus take over the world. Now with the tenth tournament there are eight of earths greatest fighters who can challenge the current champion Goro, a four-armed prince from Outland. Even if you can defeat Goro you will have to face Shang Tsung the sorcerer who is the mastermind behind the tournament.

Mortal Kombat is a one on one fighting game where each character has special moves performed by a combination of buttons and joystick movements. Anyone who has played any fighter in the last 16 or so years should be familiar with the basic gameplay. The big change from other games was the use of a lot of blood and the finishing moves when you won the match, these were also performed using certain joystick movements and button presses. Each of the eight playable characters have their own special attacks but all of them have the same basic attacks like low kicks/punches and jumping attacks. The specials attacks can be used to create a combo in which you hit an opponent several times without him able to counter. Sometimes the characters do feel a bit alike do to the same basic attacks but some do stand out like Scorpion and his spear or the god of thunder Raiden. At least there aren't the usual stereotypical characters like the fastmoving girl and heavy hitting muscleman.

The normal matches are seperated by some a minigame in which you must press buttons as fast as you can so you can break a bunch of items ranging from wood to steel and even diamond! After you defeat all opponents you will have to fight matches in which you face two opponents one after the other. Finally you will have to face prince Goro who is incredibly strong and having four arms and massive muscles will make short work of you if you aren't carefull. The thing that really stuck with me was the level called the pit in which you could uppercut an opponent after you won and they would fall into the pit and be impaled on the spikes there. The pit is also home to a secret character and you can face him if you get a double perfect win.

Mortal Kombat created a lot of controversy with it's bloody finishing moves and use of blood and violence throughout the game. The most obvious was the pit fatality but some of the finishing moves were pretty out there like Sub Zero pulling of somebody's head. For all the controversy the game itself was quite good dispite that a lot of the characters moves were the same. If you played the game in the arcades you could take a long time trying to figure out all the moves as well and finding one and showing them off to you buddies was always fun. The home versions are mostly intact with some versions toning down the blood but gameplay wise most of them are pretty close to the original. Don't miss this game as it is a part of gaming history and not a bad one at that.

Overal rating: 8/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for many different systems here are some notes:
DOS Released in 1993.
Though PC's weren't exactly the machine of choice for this type of game this version is actualy very good.
Released in 1993.
The background graphics aren't very good but otherwise it's all intact.
Super NES Released in 1993.
The SNES version has green blood but as far as I can tell the fatalities are still in there.
Sega CD Released in 1993.
Mostly the same as the megadrive one but with better sounds/music.
SMS - Sega
Master system
Released in 1993.
This version is pretty bad, jerky movements less characters en only one background level. Avoid it.
Others These versions are not available.
Amiga released in 1993.
Gameboy released in 1993.
Gamegear released in 1993.

Date added Jan-30-2009 17:02
Name Mortal kombat
Developer Midway
Publisher Acclaim
First released 1993
Genre Action
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Download MS-DOS, filesize: 3086 Kb
Super NES, filesize: 1665 Kb
Sega CD, filesize: 44925 Kb
Sega Master System, filesize: 374 Kb
Sega Megadrive, filesize: 1009 Kb
Manual Download manual , filesize: 2026 Kb
This is the scanned manual for the SNES.
Solve / Docs No solve available
No extra docs available

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