|By Para Gon||Sunday, 12 Jul 2009|
This is part of my continuing series of playing and reviewing random SNES games I’ve never heard of. Some of these are just quick looks at the game, and may not be too terribly in depth. Today’s game is Cho Aniki: Bakuretsu Ranto Hen.
Cho Aniki: Bakuretsu Ranto Hen translates as: Super Bro – Exploding (something about war/fighting). This series is notorious for its camp and homoeroticism in Japan.
This particular entry in the series is a fighting game. A weird one. Here’s a few of the characters:
This game is full of obscenely over-muscled bodybuilders, weird robots, and creatures (sometimes more than one at once). In the fights, you fly around on a 2D plane and can attack in about eight directions. You can dash, and every character has a bunch of special attacks, many of which are similar from character to character.
…Like this big exploding punch seen above, which I’ve seen on at least three of the characters.
There’s a kinda weird mechanic where you have a stamina bar
that gets filled as you take damage, and if it runs out you get dizzy for a little bit. There’s something you can do to raise it without taking damage, but I can’t figure out how. The computer can do it, though.
So many weird attacks. The Elvis-robot can extend a boot or mannequin head below/above him. The Yaranaika-face blob can do cartwheels. The female robot has tiny bodybuilders on top of her who–well, maybe it’s better to just show you.
Every character has one of these super beam attacks too, but damned if I can figure out how to do it. Also, look at the background, hahahaha.
Wacky and quirky? Yes. Worth trying out? Maybe. Overall a good game? Not really. The controls are slow and clunky and the fighting gets repetitive.
If you do try it out, make sure to watch the little intro before the title screen comes up, it syncs up with the music humorously.