WWF Royal Rumble


Publisher: Sega
Hardware: Naomi Cart
Year: 2000
Controls: 1 Joystick, 3 Buttons
Number of Players: 1 player
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Ported To: Dreamcast


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WWF Royal Rumble, eschews all of the standard wrestling game dressing and instead delivers an arcade-style wrestling game, similar to the old WWF arcade game, WWF Wrestlefest.

WWF Royal Rumble has two modes. Yes, you read that correctly: two. Exhibition mode lets you choose a wrestler as well as his partner, who stands outside the ring until you call him in for occasional King of Fighters-style quick attacks. These helper moves can be used as many times as you like, but each of your three helper attacks must recharge before they can be used again. Some moves are simple, like commanding your partner to storm the ring with a baseball bat and take a swing at your opponent. Some are double-team moves, while others command the partner to toss you a weapon. Exhibition mode plays out like a fighting game - it has short intros with a versus screen, and the matches don't last longer than a couple of minutes, as the wrestlers are knocked out if hit with a substantial attack when their health bars are completely depleted. Also, as the match time gets closer to running out, the ring suddenly fades out and is replaced by a backstage area, such as a boiler room or a parking lot. The other mode is the royal rumble, which features nine (!) wrestlers in the ring at once. Needless to say, it can get a little hectic, and it's occasionally difficult to face the right foe. The object of the rumble is to eliminate wrestlers by knocking them over the top rope and onto the arena floor. The mode operates on a three-minute timer. Every time you knock someone out, 20 seconds are added to your timer. Knocking out larger characters (denoted by an S symbol near their feet) nets you a 40-second bonus. If you are knocked over the top rope or time runs out, it's game over, and you must push start to continue - it's almost as if you expect the game to ask you for a quarter first. The mode continues until you have personally ejected the proper number of wrestlers, which defaults to 30, but can go as high as 90. While the lack of modes may seem a little limiting, the multiplayer aspect of the game adds a lot, especially playing four-player royal rumble matches.


(Description written by: Jeff Gerstmann)

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