The brutal 'sport' of Pit-fighting involves muscular combatants using any
means possible to put each other into hospital (or the morgue) - it's just
like Ludlow on a Saturday night!
In the horizontally scrolling 'pit', you and an optional friend each face
a single opponent from a wide assortment of martial artists and thugs, each with
their own unique manoeuvres.
Your own special moves can range from a graceful
spin kick to a direct head butt, depending on which of three characters you choose
at the start of the game. As well as the standard beat-'em-up punches and kicks,
you can pick up your opponent and throw him to the ground - then kick him while he's
For extra fighting power, you can collect one of the flashing pills that occasionally
appear. Alternatively, there are always plenty of barrels and crates to pick up
and throw at your opponent. Reduce his energy bar to zero before he does the same
to you and you, go onto the next pit with a pile of cash in your pocket.
The special moves and throws add novelty interest to an otherwise very
standard beat-'em-up with the one-at-a-time opponents proving unintelligent.
It's slightly more fun with another player alongside - especially as you can knock
him down accidentally, or on purpose in the grudge match after every three pits:
the first to get three knockdowns wins bonus cash.
The repetitive action isn't aided by uninspiring graphics. Nothing like
their digitized coin-op counterparts, the blocky fighters are jerkily animated
on jukky brown backdrops.
Ironically, the game's main attraction is watching the fighters really laying
into each other - seeing a leatherclad woman stamp manically between a downed
muscleman's legs had me in fits of laughrer. It's a shame the gameplay is
nowehere near as entertaining.