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River City Ransom

River City Ransom (XSX) game cover art
Platform: NES
Tags: Fighting, Brawler
Developer: Technos
More Platforms: PlayStation 4, Switch, Turbografx-CD, Xbox One
AKA: Street Gangs (EU), Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari (JP)

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Staff Reviews

River City Ransom review

Reviewed September 21, 2012

Rob Hamilton says: "The main challenge for me when playing River City Ransom was simply surviving the trek between the second and third malls, as you have to travel through many screens and the easier gangs are weeded out in favor of ones that cause a lot more damage when their attacks connect. Lose your rhythm against The Generic Dudes and your life meter will barely notice; do so against The Squids and you'll quickly find yourself sent back to the last mall you reached, but with only half your money (the penalty for falling in battle)."
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Reader Reviews

River City Ransom review

Reviewed February 23, 2017

dementedhut says: "Friendly faces everywhere, humble folks without temptation."
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River City Ransom review

Reviewed April 25, 2004

kingbroccoli says: "River City Ransom (given the rather masculine name of ''Street Gangs'' in Australia) is perhaps the most enjoyable NES game you'll ever play. At a quick glance it may appear to be your run of the mill, scroll this way and that way and beat up a person or two type of game, but it has a surprisingly large amount of depth to it. You can choose to play as either Alex or Ryan, they both fight the same and only look slightly different. It turns out that Ryan's girlfriend has been kidnapped by same bad..."
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River City Ransom review

Reviewed August 20, 2010

Leroux says: "In the military, it’s a type of inspection you don’t want to fail. In competition, it means you’re playing without advantages normally at your disposal. With “of the law”, it is the unbearable barb of the headline writer after a police force lifts its height restriction. "
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River City Ransom review

Review date unknown

royalranger says: "Technos Japan practically set the foundation for future video game brawlers. They are credited as developers of the Double Dragon games, as well as Super Dodge Ball, which isn't exactly a brawler but may make you want to beat up your opponent when you lose to them during a two-player match. Among their limited library of games is River City Ransom, Technos' very own blend combining the elements of RPGs, brawlers, and mini-malls. "
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