The WWF is back in town in an all-out, eye-gouging, backbreaking SNES brawl! If you thought you'd seen it all in wrestling games, you'd better sit down. This WWF game is gonna pin you to the mat and make you cry "Uncle!"
Does your wrestler have what it takes to go the distance and whip the opposition? Or is he just another lowly bum trying to squeeze a comeback out of nothing? To find out, fight twelve of the WWF's best for your chance to get your name into the record books as the Master of Disaster, the Sultan of Slam, the Prince of Pins!
WWF: Royal Rumble is a one- or two-player game that pushes the wrestling envelope. Smooth moves and quick action make this one of the best wrestling games for any system.
No Wrestle for the Wicked
All of your favorite WWF Grapple Gurus are represented here in gorgeous color, and you have an elevated ringside view of the action. You can pick from 12 wrestlers (a first for wrestling games), including Ric Flair, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Lex Luger, Razor Ramon, Bret Hart, Mr. Perfect, and The Million Dollar Man, and more. Each wrestler comes with his own patented super move, like the Undertaker's Tombstone Pile Driver, Bret Hart's Sharpshooter, or Tatanka's Reverse Fallaway Slam.
- If you're ready to Rumble, let everyone beat each other's brains out while you watch from a safe distance. Steer clear of the ropes if your energy is low.
- You can charge into a ref and knock him out. While you wait for him to come to his senses, pull some illegal moves, like eye-gouges.
Throw, Throw, Throw the Man Down
WWF has more wrestling options than any game to date. Play one player against the computer, one player against another player, a two- or three-wrestler tag team against human opponents or the computer, or a two- or three-player tag team cooperative against the computer.
You can also participate in the Royal Rumble, an all-out free-for-all where all 12 wrestlers jump into the action at once. The Rumble's a survival-of-the-fittest competition: The last wrestler left standing wins. You can set the Royal Rumble's difficulty from one to ten, and there's a skill to nament where you literally climb the ropes to the championship belt.
You can also set the game for a One Fall Match with a referee, or go for a Brawl without a referee, meaning that eye gouging and choking are allowed. In a One Fall Match, you must pin your opponent to win. In a Brawl, you just beat the heck out of his life bar.
Once you get the controls down, WWF's single-person game play is pretty good. Player-against-player is much harder to fight, since the grappling requires fast thumbs and quick reflexes. If both players possess those qualities, then you're in for a long night.
In a two-player cooperative tag-team match, wait for your teammate to back an opponent into your comer. Then, press the Punch button. If you get a choke-hold on your opponent, your teammate can pummel him.
Slam Bam Graphics
WWF's graphics and sounds are simply outstanding. The digitized wrestler pics at the beginning of the game are crystal clear and photo sharp. Each sprite moves cleanly and executes the wrestling moves with the greatest of ease. Even the audience looks real.
The only music is the opening theme. There are, however, great sound effects, like background sounds that change with each player.
You'll also find standard wrestler grunts, groans, and bone cracks.
- Here's a great maneuver Hit an opponent until he falls and then foot stomp him to drain his life meter. When he rises, immediately hit him again and repeat the foot stomp. Then, yank him to his feet using Button X and pull your Super Move on him.
- While outside the ring, walk in front of the mat until you see a chair. Press Y to pick up the chair, then any other button to slam it into your opponent
- At the beginning of the Royal Rumble, choke-hold all of your opponents to weaken them, then slam them into submission. Once they're weak, you can toss them out of the ring.
- Be careful when you're trying to get back inside the ring. If you enter at the top of the screen, you'll bump your head and lower your life meter.
Even if you're not a wrestling fan, there's a lot to like about WWF Royal Rumble. Hot and sweaty graphics and sounds, solid game play, and a variety of play options make this the best wrestling game to date. WWF fans and armchair wrestlers alike will want to pin this one to the mat.