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DATE: June 1995


After the excellent Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Gametek strikes again with a brand new title from the Sega hit called "Brutal: Paws of Fury". At first glance, the game resembles a standard beat'em-up featuring a cast of twelve characters whose design is largely inspired by cartoons, which is the complete opposite of other games such as Mortal Kombat or Way of the Warrior where the characters are digitized.

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The cartoon-style used for the characters allows you to momentarily forget that it is a combat game where you must fight another player or a series of adversaries if playing against the computer. The game contains some violent matter, as you may have guessed, but it is comparable to the violence found in cartoons. Therefore, you will not encounter any special moves featured in the above mentioned games that contain excessive violence. I remember some of the fatalities from Mortal Kombat II, and although I enjoy this kind of game, it is not recommended for young children even if they pretend the opposite!

Speaking of special moves, I probably misleaded you when I said there are no special moves. In fact, this beat'em up game probably has the most number of possible moves with up to nine per character. Contrary to all expectations, those moves are not fire balls, electric bolts, or other deadly attacks, but rather they tend to be derivated from sports like karate, kick-boxing and others. There are no blood scenes or dismembered characters on the screen because in this game fighting is more of a sport like boxing or judo, and is not used only for survival.

As an arcade game, Brutal features fast graphics for an excellent gameplay and a great soundtrack of techno music that enhances the action. The characters, each represented by a different animal, have an original cartoon-style look that will appeal to both children and teenagers.


Brutal is firstly a great conversion of the console hit, like Super Street Fighter II Turbo was, but it is also a very good game. Not only are the graphics, animations and backgrounds well done, but most importantly the playability is irreprochable for this sort of game leaving the player with an unlimited amount of fun!


386 DX-33 MHz or better,
Min 4 MB memory,
MS-DOS 5.0 or later,
Hard drive required,
Single speed CD-ROM drive or faster (for the CD-ROM version),
VGA graphic card, Mouse, Joystick,
Sound Blaster, Pro, 16, AWE32 and 100% compatibles, Gravis UltraSound/Max,
ESS 488/688 Audiodrive, Microsoft Sound System, Pro Audio Spectrum Plus.

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