WWF Wrestlemania The Arcade Game
Reviewed by Jeremy Peeples
WWF Wrestlemania:The Arcade Game was released in 1995.
Midway, the developers of Mortal Kombat, developed it,
Acclaim distributed it. Not surprisingly the game din't sell
too well (that was a bad year, sales-sise for video games)
despie its high-quality graphics, sound, and gameplay. This
game features 8 WWF wrestlers:
Bam Bam Bigelow
Doink the Clown
It also features commentary and animation straight from the
Graphics-10/10- The large, digitized wrestlers are all very
well animated (almost all of the wrestling moves are
perfect) and the game never slowed down (even with 4 of the
larger wrestlers on-screen at once), truly an amazing feat.
Pros- Large characters. Well animated wrestlers.
Cons- Minor amounts of slowdown.
Sound-9/10- The theme music is decent enough, it's not of
the best quality, but it gets the job done. The in-game
commentary is amazing, Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler
provide witty comments that rarely repeat. The sond effects
are exceptional, they all fit their actions.
Pros- Great commentary. Sound effects fit.
Cons- Theme music is dissapointing.
Control-8/10- The button taps are a lot like Mortal Kombat
(this can be a good or bad thing depending on your
preference), personally I like it and it really suits this
game well,the controls are very crisp and accurate most
moves can be done very easily,howver some of the more
complex moves (mostly trademark moves) cannot be.
Pros- Super-responsive controls.
Cons- The game's more complex moves can be a pain to excecure.
Gameplay-8/10- The game features 2 modes of play,
InterContinental and World Title modes. In the I-C mode you
face opponents in one-on-one fights until the last few
fights, which turn into two-on-one, the final fight is a
three-on-one match. The World Title mode pits you in
two-on-one fights for most of the tournament, then pits you
in several three-on-one fights, the final fight is a Royal
Rumble in which all the wrestlers in the game come out at
different time intervals to beat you. This game also
features a ton of unique and crazy moves that are good for a
laugh. Among them are the Undertaker's Jumping Chokeslam,
and Doink the Clown's Joy Buzzer attack.
Pros- Fair amount of modes for an arcade port. Crazy moves.
Cons- The gameplay is too shallow.
Challenge-6/10- The difficulty is adjustable and the AI
patterns are predictable. The I-C mode is as easy as one
could possibly imagine, the only time it will pose problems
is when you have two-on-one fights. The World mode is
difficult, the two-on-one fights are hard, and the
three-on-one fights are even harder.
Replay Value-6/10- Once you have seen all of the moves and
won the title there really is not any reason to play, this
is the game's only serious shortcoming.
Rent or Buy?-Buy- Buy this game if you see it for a good
price (under $20) it is very unique and is a game purchase
that few will regret.
For Nomad Owners- This game works perfectly on the Nomad,
the blurring is kept to a minimum(ironically the worst case
of blurring in this game ocuurs during the credits), the
commentary is still crystal clear and the moves are just as
easy to execute, overall a great game for Nomad owners.
Final Thought- If you're a wrestling fan looking for a quick
fix, and you don't mind that it's a five year old game, buy it.
Overall: 9 / 10