It's a simple change, but it goes a long way toward making this beat 'em up feel unique. Thankfully Knuckle Bash didn't fall into that pattern, and as a result, the game feels far more realistic and really pulls you in. And I can only tell you that much because the text at the ending scene doesn't scroll, and can actually be read. Here's how it works: You're dropped in the middle of a makeshift fighting arena in the first level it's a small space in a parking lot, with vehicles on both sides and a building in front of you , and are given a few enemies to fight. I'm not entirely sure why we didn't see a Knuckle Bash 2 or at least a spin off, but what we did get was pure beat 'em up gold. That's what we're setting out to discover with this review. The sound here was less than impressive for a ninties game, with it's sometimes unpleasant tracks.
This is the only thing that made the sound worth worrying with. Use your wrestling skills to take down the Mad Bulls! Knuckle Bash Review by: - 6. You can actually destroy parts of the arenas often, such as slamming that loser that gets in your face through on top of a parked car, and shattering the windshield. Now, you can vote for your favorite games and allow them to have their moment of glory. Well it feels like Double Dragon and Street Fighter got together and had a baby. It may sound unappealing to some, but it really manages to blend the two genres very well and create a style of game all it's own.
Still, it can be a bit difficult to do so, but a little challenge can be a good thing. This is actually somewhat of a guess. But ridiculous as the minigame may be, it's a nice addition that not only provides a break from what could otherwise prove monotonous, but refills the players health if they can mash the button fast enough to win. It seriously scrolls the rest of the story that fast. As for those who aren't fans of the genre, this one is unique enough that it might just charm you anyway. It's short, simple, straight forward, and a lot of fun, just like an Arcade game should be. The truth is, the world will probably never know.
There is also a minigame, that, again, reminds me of street fighter where you find yourself in a boxing match. The best part about the arenas? © 1993 Atari Games, Toaplan Co. This sound was often faded a little too much into the background in these games, but not so with Knuckle Bash. Most areas are like a Boss fight, where you face one tough foe, and his weaker goons at the same time. Knuckle Bash is one of the best games of it's genre, and despite some shortcomings, it doesn't come up short on the fun factor. The only things I can say for it here are that there are unlockable characters and even an unlockable stage or two.
They're smooth, and unlike some games from that era, they're actually different sprites, rather than just recolored repeats. . The only issue I found with the character sprites is that their animation isn't as fluid as I would hope for in a game, but they don't look too jerky, just a little unnatural. Graphics 10 Sound 6 Addictive 8 Depth 6 Story 4 Difficulty 4. Overall, it may not be a masterpiece, but it definitely doesn't fall into the junk category. They're almost always animated, which is a very nice touch in any game, especially one from this time frame.
Yeah, a six in depth on an Arcade Beat 'em Up, but don't read too much into it, I'm grading on the curve here. Before you say anything, please, allow me to say it for you. You can't lose, unless you want to. All things considered, Knuckle Bash is worth the time and Viz to play, and I strongly recommend it to every fan of the beat 'em up genre, as it's the best in it's class, in this gamer's opinion. Hop aboard, and let's see what we find out about this early ninties entry into the arcade world. I can definitely see myself coming back to this one soon and relatively often.
When it's all said and done, Knuckle Bash is definitely finding a place in my Arcade hall of fame. In all seriousness, the tracks aren't bad, but if your speakers are busted, you're not missing out on anything at all. Highlights: -The background of the final bout in stage one: it's beautiful for a game from this time. Then you won't have the foggiest idea as to what's going on in the game. So is Knuckle Bash worth your time and Viz? Here's what I know: The selectable characters are wrestlers despite their brawling style, and utter lack of wrestling holds , apparently even the unlockable characters wrestle, despite the contradictions caused by their appearances and home arenas. So how does it switch things up? Or is it just a part of the beat 'em up Arcade game crowd that was mass produced to munch up all of the quarters that the crowds would so willingly shell out to feed their addiction to the action? Defeat them, and you'll move on to the next area.
That water that sparkles in the sunlight is nothing short of great quality, and good detail work. Games you may like: Nominate for Retro Game of the Day: If you haven't noticed yet, we have a retro game of the day feature top-right of the screen wherein we feature a new retro title every single day! Knuckle Bash serves up plenty of beat 'em up action, but in a different way than you might expect. The novelty of the gameplay, however repetitive, somehow never manages to wear off on me. It's a good old fashioned beat 'em up, and it stands up well against it's peers. The sound sffects are what pushes this rating up to a six, really. Click on the button below to nominate Knuckle Bash for Retro Game of the Day.
This one manages to put a new spin on an old arcade favorite style of games, and in the end, leaves you feeling refreshed by the new approach to the genre. It doesn't sound bad necessarily, and the tracks do manage to fit the atmosphere, but they don't sound very pretty. There are times when you will get your tail kicked mercilessly, but you can manage to avoid most of the brutal beatdowns, if you know what you're doing, unlike many Arcade games. The fighting style is Beat 'em Up through and through, as are the graphics, controls, and atmosphere, but the arena fight being the whole stage is Tournament fighter style, as opposed to the average beat 'em up just telling you to walk forward to the next area after you wipe out a wave of enemies. They react when the character is hit, which isn't unheard of, but it's still a nice touch, and adds to the fun. Help the Knuckle Bash team overpower and convert the Mad Bulls to their side! I know the general idea behind the story, but not enough to explain it here.
It makes the fight even more interesting. Why are they in a boxing match?? The thing that pushed me to give out the extra-mile ten was the character's pictures next to their health meter. I broke a window, not dropped a bomb , but they do manage to clearly capture some key effects, such as grunts when a character is hit hard. This is a tale on how the young wrestlers saved the sport from evil and corruption! The sprites are well done, not stunning, but well done. It's one of those games where you would just as soon hear your four year old niece or nephew play on a clarinet. I had no idea that they were wrestlers until I finished the game and saw the ending text. They aren't always spot on glass shattering should be high pitched, not a low rumble.