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River City Ransom (TurboGrafx CD)

River City Ransom TurboGrafx CD Title screen

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Description

The evil Slick has kidnapped Ryan's girlfriend and taken over the high school. The player is cast as either Ryan or Alex (second player) and has to fight his way through River City's merciless gangs before confronting Slick and freeing his girl.

River City Ransom is a side-scrolling beat-em-up similar to Double Dragon. The player, or players, travel through the locations of River City, encountering various gangs along the way. Gang members can be defeated with punches and kicks, or beaten up with objects scattered around. Upon their defeat, gang members drop money which Alex and Ryan can spend in malls to buy items that restore health and improve their combat abilities. The main characters have RPG-like numerical stats that can be improved this way, and can also buy books to learn combat manoeuvres. To finish the game, the player(s) have to find and defeat all the bosses.

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River City Ransom TurboGrafx CD Now *I* get to play with the barrels! And the cat is watching :)
River City Ransom TurboGrafx CD Title screen
River City Ransom TurboGrafx CD Hey, I told you not to play with those barrels!
River City Ransom TurboGrafx CD Starting the game

Alternate Titles

  • "ダウンタウン熱血物語" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Street Gangs" -- European title
  • "River City Ransom EX" -- Gameboy Advance title
  • "Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari" -- Japanese title

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Trivia

References

  • When you are on the 3rd floor of the school and you fight the "Dragon Twins", the background music is the same music from the NES game Double Dragon.
  • The gang duo Benny & Clyde is an obvious take on the famous criminal duo "Bonny & Clyde" from the 1930s

Version differences

In the original Japanese version (Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari) the characters wore schoolboy jackets and belonged to high schools instead of gangs. This was changed in the American version because the jackets could be mistaken for bathrobes and beating up evil gang members seemed like a more worthy cause.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2004 – Best Use of Barf of the Year (GBA)
Information also contributed by Jimmy Sherrill
Zovni (9384) added River City Ransom (TurboGrafx CD) on Oct 29, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Ghost (106), WildKard (12157), GTramp (28936) and gamewarrior (5067)