Clay Fighter

a game by Visual Concepts

Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesisSNESSNES

Genre: Fighting Games

See also:Clay Fighter Games, ClayFighter Games

Sick of Street Fighter II? Mired down in Mortal Kombat? How about a little street-fightin' action with a flexible change of pace. Enter Interplay with the strangest cast of street fightin' characters ever to plop onto the SNES screen, or any other video game system. Get ready to laugh -- the Clay Fighters are here!

ProTip: Lesson Number One -- a street-fightin' basic: Block, block, and block some more.

Feet of Clay

It seems Playland, former Muddville vacation hot-spot, was doing nothing much but collecting dust and cobwebs, until a purple clay meteor rocketed out of the sky and splattered in the middle of the park. In a second, Playland became Clayland, home to eight fighting warriors. Only you can help these malleable creatures achieve their one, their only, and their ultimate desire. Only you can mold them into the King of the Circus (come on...you gotta roll with this).

The Clay Fighters are a highly entertaining and highly original cast of characters. Meet Bad Mr. Frosty (a devious snowman)? Taffy (a real candy- man), Tiny (a totally buff fighter from the World Clay Wrestling Association), Blob (a...well...a blob), Blue Suede Coo (Elvis's latest and weirdest incarnation), Ickybod Clay (a pumpkin-head ghost), Helga (a Viking descendant, and more fun than Chun Li or Sonya anyday), and Bonker (a psycho circus clown).

Clay Fighters can get knocked dizzy. To clear your Clay Fighter's soft head, rapidly hit Left and Right on your control pad.

OK, sure, you're laughing now, but you're making a big mistake if you just stick the Clay Fighters back into their can. Each of the fighters has enough different moves to put them head-to-head against just about any fighting game except Street Fighter II or Mortal Kombat. The gang can jump, jump punch, jump kick, flip back, block, low block, and duck. They've got three strength punches and three strength kicks -- all of which vary if they're pulled while fighting in close to an opponent. The clay battlers can also throw their foes, and hold 'em and squeeze 'em. Finally, each of the flexible fighters has at least two special moves, like the Blob's Clay Stomp or Blue Suede Coo's Hair Blade (a kind of hair projectile attack).

Still not impressed? Stretch your imagination to include Clay Fighting combos. You ain't seen nothin' until you've watched Bad Mr. Frosty string together kicks and punches with his projectile attack (what else but the Snow Ball) for several deadly hits. Two-in-ones? Why not, Blue Suede Coo is ready, uh, huh.

Rumor has it that there are secret hidden Clay Fighter moves. Practice, and see what you find.

Give Me All Your Dough

An Option Screen lets gamers model their play after their favorite street-fightin' pace. You want Turbo Clay Fighting? No problem. Clay Fighter's speed can be set up to eight, making those clay behinds move as fast as Ryu and the rest of the SF II gang in Turbo. Adjustable challenge makes Clay Fighter fun for beginners, while keeping it challenging for better gamers at the tougher settings.

The fighters' moves don't pop with the same precision as SFII, though, especially at the game's slower speeds. The timing of two-in-one's and combos is different than other fighting games, and takes a little practice to master. The controls feel more precise at the turbo speeds. The characters' moves require the usual combinations of Toward, Away, and button presses.

Clayfull Sights and Sounds

Clay Fighter's graphics are delightful. Interplay digitizes real clay models to create the character graphics. Each fighter's every move has an amusing animation. Although the circus background is a little flat and cartoony, the Clay Fighters are worth the price of admission. The effect is definitely original, colorful, and good for a belly laugh or two.

Sound-wise, Interplay's really put on the polish. Excellent digitized voices include a crystal-dear announcer and hysterical utterances by each of the clay fighters, from Taffy's high-pitched giggle to Helga's operatic solo. The requisite grunts and groans round out the sound track. But best of all is the Saturday afternoon cartoon-style theme song.

  • Batter your enemy with projectile attacks to keep 'em at a distance, and then close in on them. You're vulnerable to Throws and Grabs -- both of which do more damage here.
  • When "КО" appears over your opponent, move in with a flurry of quick punches and kicks, or execute a series of projectile attacks to finish 'em off.

Let Us Clay

OK, OK, OK, it's not SFII or Mortal Kombat. Interplay sure knows how to poke some fun, though, right at everyone who takes their street fightin' a little too seriously. (It's satire, junior. Look it up.) In the process, they created a game that includes most of the features that make the big fightin' games so popular. Clay Fighter's a great game for beginners, anyone with a sense of humor, and all of you stressed-out street fighters who could stand gettin' the clay kicked out of you now and then.

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Sega Genesis Clay Fighter download
  • Manufacturer: Interplay
  • Machine: SNES

A rehash - albeit an excellent one - of Clay Fighter. If you let Clay Fighter slip by you the first time, then you should definitely get your hands on this.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Interplay
  • Machine: Super NES
  • Theme: Fighting
  • Release: 1993
  • No. of Levels: 12 Levels

People say:

8

Interplay went all-out in the originality department for this one - taking a common theme and adding a whole slew of nifty options and, well, slightly separated it from all the others. The control is excellent, and the timing is very good. The additions to all the voices, sounds and music add to the humorous tone of the cart. The only flaw is that the gags get too old too quickly. I also like the added theme song as well!

7

Well, I've got to give a hand to Interplay. What looked to be another mindless fighting game actually is quite fun to play and extremely humorous. The characters are cool, but since there are only eight characters, it's only a matter of time before you get tired of it. They certainly must be the masters of digitized voice. All the characters have cool voices, an announcer for each fight, and the theme song is awesome!

8

This is an absolutely brilliant game to bring out while MK and SF2 are the hottest things since sliced bread. The graphics are goofy yet very well done. The game play is filled with special moves, combos and tons of laughs. This will be a great alternative for parents who are having second thoughts about buying MK for the younger gamers out there. The cart is a solid-playing fighting cart with a twist.

7

If this game were based solely on looks, it would get close to a 10. The graphics are excellent and the animations are hilarious! The control of the various fighters is also uncommonly good. However, the initial thrill wears off rather quickly, plus the game lacks the real replay value of other fighting games (and I don't just mean SF II, people!). Overall, the game comes off as a very good cart.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Interplay
  • # of players: 1 or 2
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: November 1993
  • Number of Levels: 12
  • Theme: Fighting

From a bazillion miles away, a mysterious purple meteor streams towardEarth. The unsuspecting target for this rampaging comet is an abandoned amusement park. This once peaceful vacation spot in Muddville is about to be awakened by evil!

From the impact of the crash a large dust cloud forms. Upon its settling, the twisted ruins of Playland have been reborn into Clayland. At each corner, a warrior appears whose only thought is to become King of the Circus. And so begins the story of the clay combatants. There are eight unique characters to choose from with special skills and arsenals of tricky techniques. All are twisted adaptations of friendly circus characters (except for Blob) that use their traits in wacky ways. Get set for a funny yet serious fighting cart with all the moves and skills you love.

reggie posted a review

Those other fighting games have just run head-on into a major road block. Because Bad Mr. Frosty and his powerful road gang of day-animated characters are kicking, punching and knocking out those so called tough guys. And they're doing it with wild shenanigans and hilarious moves that'll keep you laughing at 100 m.p.h

Bad Mr. Frosty and the Clay Fighters - they're right up your alley.

An icy stare, a cold-hearted punch, a cold-blooded kick - now the fun begins! Once a mild mannered snowman, this devious spawn of winter uses action-packed moves to give his enemies major chills. But other Clay Fighters may have a little thing to say about that!

Their insane antics (full of hidden moves and combos) and their hilarious comments (in amazing digitized speech) keep the blood ' guts and the major laughs in, as they fight to become King of the Big Top!

It's cold world out there. It's time to have some fun.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Interplay
  • Machine: Super NES
  • Theme: Fighting
  • No. of Levels: 13

Come On Out and Clay!

Interplay is taking the head-to-head fighting theme a step further by adding a little humor to it. Clay Fighter uses digitized claymation characters and has given them their own fighting styles with some unique attacks. Fight with a glob of clay that can turn itself into anything such as a deadly bomb, or an opera lady that can attack with her terrible singing. Choose from any of eight characters and see who is the baddest...and funniest fighter around. Now on with the clay-off!

reggie posted a review
  • Fighting

It's always easy to claim that you know everything there is to know about fighting games, but now all that's changed. Interplay's new 16-Meg Clay Fighter cartridge is the weirdest, strangest, most unusual fighting game to date! You control one of eight characters of the most bizarre origins. First there is the spine-tingling Bad Mr. Frosty who likes to put his opponents on ice. Then there is the Impersonator who looks suspiciously like Elvis. When that guy sings, look out! The Blob morphs and forms into a variety of weapons to conquer his foes. The psycho clown Bonkers is really quite mad, and likes to pummel people with his hammer. Next in the lineup is Crusher, a strong freak who can mash you into the ground. Another interesting character is Ghost Guy, a spook who fights with spirit. Mr Taffy is a bendable foe, and Val won't quit till the fat lady sings.

Clay Fighter uses digitized characters similar to Mortal Kombat, but instead of real people, it has actors made of clay. The whole effect is very impressive. Add in to this the fact that there are awesome bonus rounds, and you have a great game. I can honestly say that this is the most unusual fighting game ever.

reggie posted a review

Well, well, look at what finally made it to the Genesis -- Clay Fighter, the "alternative" beat-em-up that flew off the shelves when it was introduced for the SNES last year. Fighting fans concerned about how well this game translates to the Genesis can relax. It looks and plays great!

Clay It on the Line

You choose one of eight claymation characters, who all want their piece of the Clayland pie. With oddball fighters like an Elvis impersonator named Blue Suede Coo and Helga, an obese operatic valkyrie, this game becomes a fun challenge to master.

The graphics put the game nearly up to par with its SNES counterpart in every way. The nicely animated characters produce wacky reactions when they're clobbered. And Clay Fighter sculpts some serious sounds with punches, kicks, grunts, and squeals present in force. The repetitive background circus music tends to get a little stale.

ProTips:

  • Helga blows out her enemy's ears with her super scream. Charge Away for two seconds and then press Down- Away, Down, Down-Toward, Toward, and any punch button.
  • Launch Tiny's medicine-ball attack vertically by charging Down for two seconds, tapping Up, and pressing any kick button. When blocking low, you can counter a jumping attack if you time it right.
  • Douse enemies with Bonker's squirting flower by pressing Away, Down-Away, Down, Down-Toward, Toward, and any punch button. Only the control is lacking, especially if you're a stickler about button-to-screen reaction time. When your fighter doesn't react fast enough, you can get crushed!
  • The Blob hawks serious loogies at his opponent. Press Down, Down-Toward, Toward, and any punch button.
  • Bad Mr. Frosty trips them up with his slick slide. Press Down, Down-Toward, Toward, and any kick button.

Putty in Your Hands

The computer-controlled opponents are as tough as nails and adjust their strategy to yours. Get cornered, and you're as good as splattered.

Like others before it, CF relies heavily on combos, which are relatively easy to pull off in this game. Fighting-game fans will also notice that special attacks are done in the definitive SFII style, with a few hybrid moves interspersed to give the game its own style.

To quickly teleport Ickybod Clay out of tough situations, simultaneously press all three punch buttons.

The game offers three difficulty levels and 12 speeds, leaving many different options to master. For two players who want to go at it day-to-day, there's a versus mode, complete with handicaps.

To Clay or Not To Clay

If you love fighting games and are sick of lousy SF II and MK copycat games, CF may be just the medicine you need. All we want to know is: Where are the Claytalities?

reggie posted a review

Are you Street Fighter'd out? Do you hope Mortal Kombat dies? Interplay hopes to revive your SNES fightin' spirit with fists and feet of clay!

Mud Wrestling It Ain't!

Clay Fighter may remold your thinking about beat-em-up games. The designers of the game are using a unique clay animation technique to bring you a slapstick slugfest that won't skimp on the action.

One or two players will be able to choose a champion from a stable of eight wacky fighters. Taffy Man is a sweet thing that specializes in candied karate. Bad Mr. Frosty is sneaky snowman. Bonker is a warped, wicked clown. Val is a voluminous Viking opera singer/slugger. Ghost Guy is a pugnacious pumpkin-head who doesn't take any sheet. Impersonator is...right, a fat Elvis impersonator. Blob is a green glob that can transform into various objects. Crusher is a weird wrestler with muscles on his muscles.

Oh Clay Can You See?

The fanciful fighters were all formed out of clay and brought to life via stop-motion animation. You may recall that Interplay first touted the technique for its yet-to-be-seen action game, Clay Mates. It looks like Clay Fighter beat Clay Mates to the punch.

Every fight takes place against weird and wild backgrounds. Big Hunk o' Burnin' Clay, for instance, features piano keys and fire. You also kick and punch against a candyland snow festival, a surrealistic cardboard cut-out forest backdrop, and a gooey, gunky factory scene. The game will also include several bonus rounds, including a dizzying Mode 7 revolving fight ring.

Although this game looks like it will definitely grab for your yuk-yuks, it'll go for the throat, too. All the fighters will have three special moves, two hidden and one possible only when a special KO Power Meter charges to maximum capacity. There's little defense, but the offense looks to be silly, strange, and serious. For example, Taffy Man's arms stretch into an impossibly long punch (move over Dhalsim!), and he twists into an outrageous helicopter spin punch (watch out Chun Li!).

Where's Cassius Clay When You Need Him?

Just when you thought you'd seen everything -- here comes Clay Fighter! Better work out with some Play-Doh before you take on this game.

reggie posted a review

Eight absurd clay circus artists are fighting to be the king of the Circus. Here you can see Elvis Presley's replica - Here Blue Suede Goo, corpulent opera diva - Helda, and other six ridiculous and silly fighters. To snip off the part of Clay land Pie they are to do the worst things possible.

The graphics of the fighting are not bad, the range of combos is also very nice, using all six buttons for playing but the choice of characters is small (8). In the settings you can choose the speed (1-12) and the difficulty (3 levels).

reggie posted a review
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