Mystical Fighter

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a game by Dreamworks
Genres: Fighting Games, Multiplayer/Hotseat
Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 7.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Beat 'em-Up

Journey back to a time of the Dynasty wars in ancient Japan. Unfortunately, once arrived, you realize that one of the clans has managed to bring up a magical force which enables it to take the shape of some of the most fearsome black magic enemies ever dreamed about in the ancient world!

This is where you come in. You are a kabuki soldier trained in the legendary art of mystical deception. As all others have failed, only you can free the Earth from its grip of terror. To accomplish your task you will need to find all kinds of different items that will enhance your existing powers. Included are rare forms of sushi and special scrolls from the ancient wizards. You also are a master of the martial arts and this means that you possess a plethora of different moves and weapons that can be used on mere mortal enemies. Be sure to take in all that you can possibly find as this battle will be harder than any previously encountered!

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This page features pictures of some of the levels of Kabuki. The first two are easy and allow you to learn your martial arts moves. The next level features some fairly dangerous pit-falls, and you have really got to watch your step. Once you get past this, it is on to the third level, where you have to take on various dangerous ninja warriors. Continue on your trek towards the arena for the final showdown with the grand Kabukimaster. You must face many deadly bosses to reach your goal. Practice on easy mode first because you are not allowed into the arena until you master the difficult level and all of the bosses. Be wary, some of the bosses, when standing, extend from the top of the screen to the bottom. Save your magic powers for the huge bosses who would otherwise take a large number of normal hits!

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

Game Reviews

Twin guardians of the Mystical Kingdom, Red Lion and White Lion, roar to life when the Evil Lord Kabuki threatens their homeland. For a final confrontation, Kabuki's unearthly powers spirit the Lions away to his domain, the Underworld.

Fighting Kabuki

DreamWorks' Mystical Fighter for the Genesis is a solid combat cart for one or two-players together. The Lions tackle six side-view, horizontally scrolling stages of hand-to-hand martial arts action. The colorful backgrounds include rickety bridges, foggy forests, sparkling waterfalls, and fiery walkways.

ProTip: Sneak across the top of this Stage 3 bridge and you'll be safe.

Although standard, the Lions' moves give Double Dragon enthusiasts a pleasant dose of déjà vu. With practice, you'll punch, jump kick, slide, grab, and throw enemies like a Mystical Pro. To backup your attacks, summon spells with a Scroll storing system similar to Golden Axe's. One shot's a devastator, but it drains your entire Scroll collection.

  • Fling enemies at each other for a double-damage attack.
  • Fight opponents while they're still off-screen.

In addition to Scrolls, you can grab Fans and Jittes (knives) to use as weaponry. Sushi gives you a power boost, and points add up to extra lives. Each player is granted three continues, and you can choose between three difficulty settings. Kabuki's hit squad consists of Samurai Warriors, Sumo Fighters, Ninja Kunoichis, Janen Ministers, and massive end-level bosses.

Tackle this snarling, blue ogre boss with jump kicks while its back is turned.

The Lions'Share

Visually Mystical Fighter is a treat, and the audio selections do their job. Somewhat limited, repetitive game play and a lack of obstacles and variety take this cart down a peg. As a good Genesis fighter behind Streets of Rage and Two Crude Dudes, Mystical Fighter is a respectable third place.

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Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Screenshots