River City Ransom
One of the most highly-demanded NES games out there, and for good
reason. Technos did a brilliant job of combining the best
elements of a side-scrolling brawler with the character-building of an
RPG. This game was the third of the Kunio series in Japan, which
mainly consisted of sports titles, with the occasional brawler thrown
He forgot to name some demands.
Ah well, a fight of my life sounds pretty exciting
As you can see in the above screenshots, there's plenty of the usual
fare for brawlers - lots of fisticuffs, weapons, and mayhem in
general. Enemies drop money when defeated, which can be put
toward a variety of items, including food, comic books, toys, and even
martial arts manuals.
Conger Eel is good for the body, and
the will power
Each item has its own particular use. Food items generally
restore varying amounts of health to your character. Comic books,
toys and the like increase your character's statistics such as punching
and throwing, and manuals grant you the use of some nifty
techniques. Two such techniques are a rapid-fire punch called
Stone Hands, and Javelin Man, which allows you to toss one enemy into
another to do massive damage to both of them.
"You have learned the secrets of the
East, or you just punch faster." - Fallout manual
As with any good brawler, there are also plenty of bosses for you to
fight on the way to the big bad guy, most of which are more aggressive
versions of the standard gang member fare. With enough powering
up and a bit of practice, though, these guys won't be too difficult.
That's sums up RCR in a nutshell. Most of the game is just
powering up for the final showdown at River City High, where the
toughest gang members and bosses reside (two of which are accompanied
by the theme music of Double Dragon). It will take a good two or
three hours to power up enough to survive the gauntlet and defeat
Slick, but you'll have fun doing it.
RCR's insane password back-up
system - even if you leave and re-enter this screen without doing
anything in between, the passwords will be completely different
Just for comparison, here's some screens
of the Japanese version, Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari.
- You start off with $20, and the first shop sells both Dragon Feet and
Stone Hands, which can drop enemies in one hit each. Either one
would be a wise investment.
- After defeating Rocko and exiting the factory, you'll come to a
tunnel. There is a secret shop in the tunnel that can be found by
pressing up while standing under the third light. This shop sells
some extremely powerful stuff, but the prices are high.
- Get onto a wall and drop onto the enemies from above. They
won't be anticipating it, so they won't block. Stone Hands and
Dragon Feet will take out almost anything this way.
- Be careful while running around - if you hit a wall, you'll take
- Use caution when throwing larger objects. If they hit something
and come bouncing back, they can injure you too.
Jump on top of an enemy's trash can,
it drives them nuts
One-line Synopsis: A great
side-scrolling brawler with a dash of RPG-like item collecting.
Just the right combination for pure fun.