Tag Team Wrestling
Copyright/Publisher: US Gold/Data East, Release Year: 1986,
Genre: Wrestling, Number Of Players: 1 or 2
Scantily clad young men in their underwear? Calm down girlies - it's just
Tag Team Wrestling, latter-day gladiators of the roped arena.
Before beginning a bout, you choose between the single player option or the
two-player mode. In the latter case there are two teams avaible: 'Ricky's Fighters'
(the good guys), and 'Strong and Bad' (the bad guys).
On selecting your team, the match begins and each combatant is directed around
the ring. There are seven moves available, from a body slam to a drop kick, each
corresponding to one of the eight joystick positions (up and down relating to the
Pressing the fire button and selecting a positions initiates the move, and a
correctly executed manoeuvre results in a fall, where your opponent is thrown to
the mat and pinned down. If he fails to free himself by a count of three, you win
As in real tag-team wrestling you 'tag' your partnet to take your place in the
ring. The viewpoint changes to that of the floor and ring's side when a wrestler
is thrown from the ring.
There are weapons to be found lying around which can be picked up and used to
batter your opponent (no Johnny Cougar honour in this ring!). Being counted out
of the ring for more 20 seconds results in disqualification and
the beginning of the next bout.
Titles are awarded according to the number of matches won, from American Champion
for three matches, up to Super Champion on gaining 25 consecutive victories.
Why are US Gold bothering to release this ehen they've already cornered the
wrestling market with their excellent Championship Wrestling? This is laughably
inferior to Epyx's classic, sporting such features as dire graphics, highly
annoying sound and clumsy gameplay.
Opposing wrestlers are beaten time and time again using the same move, and
consequently the action becomes incredibly repetitive and boring. The Karate Champ
freebie on the other side is a consolation, but I'd avoid the package entirely.
This is one of the worst combat games around. The wrestlers are badly drawn, and
look awful as they stutter around the ring. In one player mode it seems very difficult
to obtain a clean move, and the whole thing soon becomes extremely wearisome as
your wrestler gets thrown to the deck time after time.
The two-player option offers no real improvement, and the game is generally
very poor. Tag Team Wrestling comes together with Karate Champ but this proves
a rather pointless exercise, as Karate Champ is better, and available on the
American label for three quid! I know which one I'd buy...