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Gamestyle Archive intro: a real short oddity this which comes from an early form of the Gamestyle retro section. Short and sweet, the review makes its point before leaving by the side-door. Written by Graham Hanks this might be an example of a team member who only stayed around for a couple of reviews before moving on. We did have a few of those however we have the reviews to remember them by.

Writer: GH

Published: unclear other than this is a very early review so 2000.


Choose your favourite wrestler from yesteryear and see them fight it out in the ring, or out if you prefer on the first wrestling game on the SNES. This game started of the trend that all wrestling games had to be a button bashing affair and long periods of play could only end in blisters.

The game uses a system of for buttons, one for run, punch, kick and grapple. When you grapple you have a choice of four different moves to do in that position. If there is one word that describes this game well it is limited. The moves are limited (why have separate buttons for punch and kick when they do exactly the same thing.) The game options are limited, you can only fight either one on one, tag, or survival (four on four.) Combine this with the lack of moves and you have a very short lasting game.

Chances are after half an hour from switching it on you will be thinking ‘is this it’ and then realise it is and switch it off. It could have been better if the characters controlled any different to each other but unfortunately they all handle exactly the same with no differences whatsoever which is unforgivable really. The graphics are dire and the characters are poorly animated, there is no skill to winning the game other than being able to tap a button fast, the sound is dire and the effects are poor.

So basically there is nothing to recommend this game to anyone, instead buy the sequel Royal Rumble which added more variety, signature moves for the characters and a ton more lastability. Steer well clear unless you are a masochist.

Score 3/10