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Arch Rivals

MobyRank MobyScore
NES
65
3.2
Arcade
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2.9
Genesis
48
3.1

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Platform Votes Score
Arcade 2 2.9
Game Gear 1 3.0
Genesis 4 3.1
NES 5 3.2
Combined MobyScore 12 3.1


The Press Says

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84
GenesisSega Force
Arch Rivals är ett spel för folk med humor och en aning distans till det här med sport. Som i de flesta sportspel är det själva kampen som är huvudsaken. Något direkt "djup" finns det inte att upptäcka i Arch Rivals, men man kan ha förbaskat kul medan man lär sig tekniken.
80
NESVideoGame
Imagine um jogo de basquete engraçado, no qual você pode fazer de tudo para acertar a cesta. Vale até mesmo socar os adversários para roubar a bola - afinal, não há faltas. Assim é Arch Rivals, um game realmente divertido e de excelentes gráficos.
78
NESJust Games Retro
Sports games in the arcades basically fell into two categories, neither of which ever attempted to be simulations. The first, and the first to come along, were the games like Ice Hockey and Soccer that offered loose simulations of the actual sports. Complicated or time-consuming rules were dropped or lessened to promote faster gameplay. Building on that idea came this game, which set up the second type of arcade genre known as the "dirty sport." These are games like Mutant League Football, that basically take all of the rules to keep sports clean and fair, and toss them right out the 'ol window. The intent becomes to play aggressive; like a hyperviolent parody of the games they are based on. Though neither bloody or deadly, Arch Rivals, by self-admission, did create the whole concept of the basketbrawl.
70
NESNES Times
Overall Arch Rivals is a very faithful translation of the arcade game as well as a decent 8-bit basketball title. Rare was able to fit much of the arcade into this game pak, sacrificing only a few things like the detailed graphics and voice clips. This cartridge is a fun fast-paced contest that's easy to play and get into, as well as fun to watch. Plus it's just fun to knock your opponents around with out having to put up with fouls. The lack of replayability and depth does hurt the game somewhat, and you'll mainly get enjoyment playing this game in short spurts with a friend. But for quick b-ball games with a lot of mayhem, Arch Rivals still makes the cut. Arch Rivals isn't a champion but it still does the sport proud.
64
GenesisPower Play
Die Mankos (kein Turniermodus, schwammige Steuerung) werden durch Gags gemindert – Zu Zweit gibt’s ein unterhaltsames Basketball-Match.
56
NESPower Play
Rabiate Sportspiele kommen in Mode: Nach Konamis Arcade-Hit "Punk Shot" läßt Acclaim ein ganz und gar unfaires Basketball-Gekloppe auf die NES-Besitzer los. Doch keine Bange, neben gezielten Unterleibattacken kommt der Basketball-Sport nicht zu kurz. Wer ordentlich geübt hat, der bringt ein ganz flottes Spielchen zusammen. Dank der guten Aufmachung (u.a. Statistiken in den Pausen) und der technisch einwandfreien Ausführung kommt durchaus Stimmung auf - besonders zu zweit. Wer immer nur alleine antritt, wird schon nach kurzer Zeit spielerische Finessen vermissen.
56
NESVideo Games
Diese Idee ist nicht die allerübelste: Man nehme eine sattsam bekannte Sportart und reichere sie mit (erlaubten) Foul-Einlagen an. Schon schwillt der Schadenfreudefaktor an; die Kontrahenten können sich ohne Gefahr für Leib und Seele eine Backpfeifenorgie liefern. Doch vor allem, wenn man alleine spielt, wirkt Arch Rivals etwas zu schwachbrüstig. Durch die abgespeckten Mannschaften (beim "echten" Basketball gibt's fünf Spieler pro Team) kann man nicht allzuviel herumtricksen; der Ablauf entspricht mehr einem Actionsportspiel als einer komplizierten Sportsimulation. Wer mit dieser Einschränkung leben kann, Basketball im allgemeinen nicht abgeneigt ist und öfters einen Mitspieler zur Hand hat, wird durchaus seinen Spaß an dem Modul haben. Die recht witzige Grafik und der flotte Sound geben keinen Anlaß zur Klage; über den Nährwert des Spielprinzips kann man allerdings geteilter Meinung sein.
53
NESGame Freaks 365
Arch Rivals is not a basketball title I'd recommend for casual gamers, or even hardcore NES fans. It's not very fun unless you're playing with someone else, there are hardly any features to speak of, the gameplay is repetitive and shallow, and there isn't a bit of skill involved in winning. The basic idea is cool, but they copped out in the end and left us with what amounts to an unfinished games in many ways. Should have left this one on the shelf. I don't even know why I still own it.
40
GenesisMean Machines
The idea behind this humorous, knockabout arcade-style basketball game is a good one, but like its arcade counterpart, it simply doesn't provide enough fun to keep you playing. Controlling only one player is frustrating, especially since the other player lacks intelligence and never does what you want, and the ropey collision detection just makes things worse. And that's not all! The controls themselves sound good, but in practice they're fiddly and scoring baskets is very simple once you get the game sussed, which takes very little time at all. In two-player mode there's a tiny spark of fun, especially if you manage to pull your opponent's trousers down (very strange and perverted indeed), but really it's all too shallow and superficial to sustain interest for more than a couple of afternoons.
33
GenesisASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
In dieser Two-on-Two-Variante darf nämlich gebolzt werden, was die Feuerknöpfe hergeben. Tritte, Schläge und Würfe sind erlaubt, um dem Feind den Ball abzuluchsen. Doch außer den Gags gibt’s wenig Erbauliches: Der Mitspieler ist in der Defensive zu passiv, das Spielgeschehen durch die wilde Prügelei andauernd unterbrochen. Von „technischem Können“ kann da nicht die Rede sein. Und als Pausenclown zwischen NBA- oder EM-Übertragungen ist das Teil einfach zu teuer.
20
GenesisSega-16.com
So, granted: Four years can make a lot of difference, especially technology-wise. While Arch Rivals was released carrying only 4 Mega Power, the NBA Jam cartridge was six times bigger. And boy, does it show, because everything, and I really mean everything seems at least six times better as well! But even without comparing this game to its younger cousin, Arch Rivals doesn't really shine in its own right at all. Besides the "pulling down the pants" bit, this games has nothing to show for. Even for an early launch title it just comes off horrible, and it compares badly to contemporary NES games in about every single aspect! In the arch rivalry between the Genesis and the SNES, Sega's Arch Rivals loses – badly!