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Pray for Death Review by Al Giovetti
Price: $40
Genre: fighting game
Release: 10/96
Developer: Light Shock Software
Publisher: Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Phone: 800-974-4607
Requirements: 486 DX2, 66 MHz, SVGA, 2X CD ROM, 8 MB RAM prayjf3.jpg - 55.8 K

History: Are you ready to die? You just can’t get enough of these fighting games, like Virtua Fighter PC. Well here is the next one and if you are up for it, Pray for Death (PFD) it is a pretty decent value for a DOS based slug fest.

Plot: Death decides to hold a tournament, now that Bill and Ted have let him come back to his job, and just before he will be called upon to disappear on holiday in Discworld 2. Death is just dying to see how these ten mythical guys grapple, so he arranges a match. The in-depth bios of the ten legendary characters reads like most of these games, but it works in a kind of twisted way and you are drawn into the improbable and impromptu combat.

Who do you fight with and against: Try Cthullu right out of H. P. Lovecraft’s books, as in the Call of the Cthullu, a green lizard man with yellow tenticles. There are another nine chararacters, including the Devil, Jan Fun (a kind of Bruce Lee) to make a total of ten, complete with the standard character bravadic bios.

Da moves: The moves are like Killer Instinct with straight kicks and punches, killer combinations, and specials. The play mechanics are smooth and not artificial. prayjf4.jpg - 41.5 K

Graphics and animation: The characters are carefully rendered in rich two dimensional detail on interesting stadiums (or is it stadia - Ed.).

Voice actors:

Music score: Not spectacular.

Sound effects: Below mediocre

Multi-player: Up to two can play against one another.

Reviewing the Reviewer: "PFD is a mix of Mortal Kombat and Killer Instinct," according to Glenn Broderick.

Glenn Broderick, Computer Player, volume 3, number 4, September, 1996, pg. 60, 8/10, (80%).