There's no peace in The Peace Keepers. This rough-and-tumble side-scroller makes a bid for fame with good beat-em-up action, above-average graphics, and an intriguing sci-fi story line.
When the DM Corporation evangelized "better living through genetic science," no one suspected that they meant better living for mutant monsters! Now four human heroes are out to manhandle the main monster-maker, a weird Shakespeare-quoting villain, Mr. Iago.
ProTip: Bad guys damage each other. You can also toss them into each other or knock them into holes.
Rest in Pieces
The Peace Keepers is basic fist-and-feet-in-you r-face stuff, but it's down to a science. The four main characters possess six to eight offensive moves, a block, and the ability to run. You can string together a variety of techniques with these moves. There's also an Angry mode, which makes your character temporarily invincible. The single-player action is intermediate level, but two players can have a ragin' good cooperative fight.
- For a quick and deadly attack, double-tap Left or Right to run at an enemy and hit A to Ike a Power Move.
- Grapple throws are very effective. Position your fighter either above or below an enemy, and use Up or Down to mow into him at an angle. He almost never stops your throw.
This game confronts you with thought-provoking strategic decisions. Multiple pathways lead you through the game. You can also pass by a power-up in one area of a stage, then return to get it later. The Power Moves are devastating, but each one consumes your energy.
Here's a handy defensive move: Double-tap Left or Right to run away.
With a Hudson Super Multitap, up to four players can have a battle royale in a boxing ring. The four-player fight's not a bad diversion, but the fighting action isn't really quick or diverse enough to match the demands of four human combatants.
See Evil, Hear Evil
Your eyes will enjoy this side- scrolling show. The character graphics are sharp and cool- looking, particularly the slimy fish-things and the gooey plasma boss. There are plenty of cool touches, too, such as the shadows of 747s flying over the airport stage.
The audio is serviceable, but it has a subtle sparkle. You get average socks and groans, but the background noises, such as waterfalls and the passing jets, are great.
To Be or Not to Be
The Peace Keepers is a slick piece of work. With good fighting action, sharp graphics, and even Shakespearean dialogue, this game's a keeper.
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- Machine: SNES;
- Manufacturer: Jaleco;
Now You Can Beat Up Four of Your Friends
Peace Keepers is a slightly different kind of fighting game, mixing the game play of tournament-style titles such as Street Fighter II with the flavor of several in-house Jaleco products, Rival Turf and Brawl Brothers.
But the best thing about Peace Keepers is that up to five players can participate in a massive free-for-all with using Hudson Soft's Multi-Tap! Toss in loads of different weapons, and you've got the makings of a bloody good time.
- Manufacturer: Jaleco
- Machine: Super NES
This is a very long and very good fighting game like Brawl Brothers! Huge levels and non-linear game play make this one quite a trip! The four-on-four free-for-all is a nice option, but doesn't come off that well. A good action/fighter.
- Manufacturer: Jaleco
- # of players: 1 to 4
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Theme: Action
In the future, a giant corporation that is the economic superpower suddenly turns evil when it starts producing dangerous mutants. Four warriors with different reasons for hating the corporation take matters into their own hands and try to take it down. The Peace Keepers is the latest in the Rival Turf series.
However, this one is completely nonlinear, and at times the game is a giant maze of characters and traps. You can also hook-up with other characters later in the game at certain points! For brawlers, there is also a Free-For-All Versus Mode where up to four people can play with the new multitap.