Larcen Tyler, the fighter from Eternal Champions, returns to life in this spinoff adventure game. Sadly, this former champ plays like a chump on the Game Gear.
Better Off Dead
The game begins just after Tyler returns to the living. To atone for his past life of crime, he's made a deal with the police to clean up the gang-ridden streets of Chicago.
You guide Tyler, busting mobster's jaws and picking up special weapons through seven levels of two-tiered streets reminiscent of Ninja Caiden. You can begin on any level and fight your way to each boss in any order that you choose.
While that option should add variety, the slow pace, small sprites, and awkward controls keep your quest dull and frustrating. Larcen moves in both directions but faces only to the right. While Larcen can execute a variety of hand-to-hand moves, he and his enemies (who stand there like punching bags) are so small it's hard to appreciate any of the chop-socky.
Despite the tiny sprites and repetitive henchmen, the game looks okay with adequate backgrounds that change on every level. Likewise, you get standard Game Gear sound effects and music - average all the way.
Unless you're a big fan of Eternal Champions, you may want to pass on this tour of the Windy City.
- Nail opponents from a distance with your hook attack.
- When facing two enemies, use front kicks to move one opponent back so that jrotr can stay out of the fine of fire from the enemy above.
- Usereverse attacks to combat the enemies that try cheap shots on yon from behind at the end of each level.