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Pit Fighter -- Atari

Hand to hand combat comes straight from the arcade to you in Pit Fighter for the Atari Lynx. Digitized graphics highlight this fighting favorite.

Ferrari Man
Not that long ago there was this great fighting game, Pit Fighter. Before the Glory of Street Fighter 2, Pit Fighter was king of the hill. Then they decided to bring it to the home market. This proved to be a big mistake. No one could translate it right, and although the graphics were intact the gameplay didn't even come close to that of the arcade's. Now, on the company that put out the arcade game's machine, the Lynx, the game comes out in its best form. While it is true that the graphics are not as good as some of the other home systems, the game play is excellent. The button combos necessary to play are the only draw-back. Pit Fighter is definitely an excellent game, but my worry is that Atari waited to long to release it, since the mention of Pit Fighter is almost nothing now that Street Fighter is king of the hill.

Wow! The graphics and scaling in this game were unbelievable. Even with a small screen you could make out the digitized fighters. The sound was about average for a Lynx game. The game play was slow and it always seemed that the enemy was faster than your character, so you had to adopt a hit and run technique to beat the other fighters. This game will last awhile and even longer if you play with a friend. Overall not a bad fighting game for the Lynx.

Dude! >pro> It's cool!... >con> It's crusty!...

The Lynx rendition of Pit Fighter is one of the better translations that I've seen. The graphics aren't bad (it could have used a larger color palette), and the play control wasn't bad either (it could have used a few more buttons). Overall a solid package.

>>>>> 71.0/100 <<<<< Ferrari Man ???? R.I.P. Salamander
Graphics 3.0 4.0 4.5 4.5
Sound 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Gameplay/Control 4.5 3.5 3.5 3.0
Longevity/Playability 4.0 3.5 2.5 4.0
Overall 4.0 3.5 3.5 3.5
Total 18.5 17.5 17.0 18.0

Originally appeared Vol 2, Iss 3 (08-10/93)