Mortal Kombat


The epic arcade fighting game Mortal Kombat was released on the Nintendo Game Boy back in 1992. Unfortunately something must have gone terribly wrong during the games development as the end result sucks. The game features 6 out of the 7 main characters Rayden, Kano, Kang, Scorpion, Sub Zero and Sonya, for no apparent reason Johnny Cage is missing.

The level of detail on the actual character sprites and various stage backgrounds isn't bad, unfortunately the animation is painfully slow and this is reflect in the controls, you can actually count the seconds between pressing an action button and the character doing it. In case the controls weren't bad enough the creators also decided to re-write most of the special moves. Naturally with the Game Boy only having 2 attack buttons some modification was required, however, rather than just change attack button combinations they completely rewrote every move. In addition to the actual button combinations the game was very sensitive to the timing in which buttons were pressed, requiring random but specific pauses between presses. In terms of difficulty, the game isn't too bad, if you can stay with it until the end that is. The end boss Goro is stupidly difficult to defeat and normally results with the player just giving up. Keeping in line with the spirit of the game the music is terrible. It tries to sound epic and slightly heavy metal but the game boy just isn't design for it. In the end unfortunately it just sounds cheap. Whilst playing this game you wouldn't be to blame if you thought your Game Boy had turned into one of the cheap knock offs available from a pound/dollar store. If you love Mortal Kombat then feel free to buy this game and put it on display, but do yourself a favour and don't play it!

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Parent Category: Nintendo
Category: GameBoy