Shaq Fua game by Delphine Software
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The Shaq Attack is back! The SNES version was good, but this Genesis game's better.
Delphine Software (developers of Flashback) remains the brains behind the programming, but on the Genesis, you get twice as many fighters (12 versus six), and the action's more controllable. You can fight one-on-one or set up an eight-player tournament. In Story Mode, the tale's the same as it is on the SNES: Shaquille invades the mysterious Second World to keep a cursed mummy sorcerer from wreaking vengeance in our reality.
Mean Mutha Muscle
Shaq Fu unleashes a unique fighting arsenal. The most obvious feature is game speed. The fighters make incredibly quick movements, which appear almost comical until you get into them. Kaori the catgirl, for example, dashes in a blur forward or backwards. Voudoo becomes a fast low-slung wolf.
ProTip: Press Down and quickly tap Button A to maintain continous shield power.
Also, the game's packed with energy blasts and weapon attacks, making long-range combat much more of a factor than in any other fighting game. Several Shaq attackers, such as Sett and Beast, can vanish from afar to suddenly appear in your face.
A six-button controller's the way to play if you want to sizzle. Special attacks that require directional-pad moves fire instantly with the six-button controller. However, it's tough to make accurate jumping moves, because of the high-octane game speed.
- Motion Forward, Down, and Back and hit Button B for Sett Ra's Mummy Wrap slap.
- The loser screen reveals a special move for your character. Write it down.
A Little Big Man
The character sprites are short, but Delphine intentionally sacrificed size for speed and additional character animation. Fighting small's an acquired taste, but the blazing martial arts action is ably supplemented by intricate, impressively fluid animation.
Unfortunately, the sounds fizzle. Effects are minimal and the mundane, bouncy music's just on the okay side. At least you get a Shaq CD single bundled with your game.
Fu, Not Fool
Shaq Fu can muscle its way close to Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, but the smallish Shaq sprites may keep some fighters at bay. However, spend the time to master Shaq's attacks, and you'll gladly play the Fu.
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