River City Ransom

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a game by American Technos, and Atlus
Genres: Action, Fighting Games
Platforms: GBA, NESNES
Editor Rating: 9/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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River City Ransom
River City Ransom
River City Ransom
River City Ransom
  • Manufacturer: Nintendo

"To the Citizens of River City: I hold your high school captive! With my gangs of students and vicious bosses roaming the streets, nobody can stop me now. Meet my demands - or else!"

Slick, the meanest, most powerful gang lord in River City, has issued this ultimatum - and the entire town is powerless in a grip of fear!

Fortunately, Alex and Ryan weren't in school the day Slick took it over. But now, their fellow students are prisoners - including Ryan's girlfriend! It's up to our two young heroes to battle their way past several dangerous city gangs, then defeat the gang lord, to free the students of River City High and restore peace to the panic-stricken populace!

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM

Game Reviews

  • Number of Levels: 14
  • Theme: Action/Adventure
  • Difficulty: Average
  • Number of Players: 1 or 2
  • Available: Fall, 1989


American Technos is probably one of the most famous video game companies in the world. Don't worry if their name doesn't sound immediately familiar, because this blockbuster company has yet to release a game of their own. American Technos, you see, is the U.S. arm of Technos Japan, a development company responsible for some of the most popular video games of all time, including all-time favorites such as Double Dragon, Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Renegade, Mat Mania, V'Ball, and more! While most of these gaming mega-hits were originally produced as arcade titles, Technos is now setting their sights for the home market with a brand new action/adventure that carries all of the fantastic sights and sounds that have become Technos trademarks!

Their first entry into the NES sweepstakes expands upon play themes that have proven successful in the past. Combine Double Dragon with two-player features and adventure overtones and you have River City Ransom!


You can increase your fighting power by picking up any one of eight special weapons like these...

  • Tire - When you throw the tire it will bounce across the screen and take out any bad guys it hits!
  • Brass Knuckles - This powerful weapon increases the damage inflicted by your punches!
  • Stick - Use this item to knock the gangs out! It increases the range of your attack as well as the power!
  • Chains - This power-up acts like a whip! When used rapidly you can stop your opponent in no time!

River City Ransom is filled with plenty of punch and kick action, as well as the standard assortment of power-up implements that enhance your character's fight skills. In addition to these conventional features, however, River City introduces you to a variety of shops where you can buy food, medicines, and even books! These items increase your stamina, attack abilities, and even the types of attacks you can perform!

Before you can purchase anything, you must first collect the money that appears each time one of the rival gang members is beaten into submission (usually accompanied by colorful text on the bottom of the screen). Pick up these coins and cash them in for big rewards!

River City Ransom has good graphics and sound effects, but the game really excels in the number of options that are provided. The game also talks you through with cleverly worded sentences that help explain the story. River City Ransom is filled with options (you can buy dozens of items) and packed with action! Great fun throughout!


In River City Ransom you will face nine different gangs, including such low-lifes as the Frat Guys, Home Boys, and Cowboys. There are fourteen different locations to explore and plenty of gang turf to overcome. You must also face a multitude of Bosses who have even more powerful abilities!


As you fight your way to victory, you can enter through doorways and into shops. Once in these establishments, you can purchase many interesting items that will not only increase your stamina, but in many cases will also improve your fighting abilities.

To purchase the different foods, books, and medicines, you must pick up the money that appears after each gang member is thwarted. Some of these power-ups, especially the books and exotic foods, carry heavy price tags, so it may be wise to save up your loot!

There are 24 shops in all that sell everything from cookies to vitamins to saunas. Most of the food items will increase your vitality, while the books in the shops can be read to learn all new fighting techniques and enhance the power of your attacks!

TAKE OUT ORDERS - Some of the items that you buy in the shops are "to go" and can be used at a later time by entering this sub-screen.

Another clever Double Dragon rip with text and adventure overtones.

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