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River City: Where the smiles are free! Adzuken (854) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Barf! Zovni (10629) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Take Street Fighter, add Final Fantasy, throw in some Super Mario Brothers, what do you get? River City Ransom! Jimmy Sherrill (8) unrated
Street fighting never got better than this MaiZure (126) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.3
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.9
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Overall User Score (59 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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While players can travel and progress at their own pace, the game’s structure requires grinding and defeating many enemies to upgrade sufficiently, or else the player will be very overpowered by stronger foes. This balance prolongs the deep experience and makes sure the player is prepared for taking on the next gang/boss that will be waiting in a yet to be conquered area. Nice music, very good graphics, fun sound effects, and the ability for a friend to jump in and play at any time complete an ingenious, marvelous gaming experience.
100 (Mar 22, 2013)
In the twenty-three years since River City Ransom was released, I have yet to play a beat-em-up that is as distinct or ground-breaking. If RCR were put out on current systems as an indie game today, it would be hailed as a tour-de-force of imagination and game design. It’s a shame that the game has never received a direct sequel (and not for lack of trying), but it’s only been in the last fifteen years that River City Ransom has been shown the respect it deserves.It surpasses Double Dragon II as Technos’ best beat-em-up, and sets the standard by which all future brawlers will be judged. No pressure or anything.
Thunderbolt Games (Jul 29, 2004)
Almost anyone who is even remotely interested in videogames has heard of Double Dragon. For many it is one of the most beloved games on the NES and has been immortalized in numerous comic books, cartoons and even a full-length feature film. Judging by all the attention that Double Dragon has received over the years, it must certainly be the best fighting game on NES, right? Wrong. The title of ‘Best Brawler on the NES’ goes to a lesser-known cult classic by the name of River City Ransom.
Netjak (Aug 16, 2002)
I really wish this game would make a comeback on the GBA, or have an updated sequel, a la Super Dodgeball. If you haven't played this one yet, go find yourself a ROM or an old cart so you can experience the joy that is beat beating the tar out of the folks Cross Town High School.
Player One (Sep, 1992)
Comme vous l'aurez compris, Street Gang n'est pas un jeu banal ! Avec sa conception bizarre (mais réussie), des graphismes très sympas, une jouabilité sans reproche, des notes d'humour permanentes, il offre tout ce qu'il faut pour passer un très, très bon moment... À ne pas rater.
90 (Aug 13, 2021)
River City Ransom is the best beat ‘em up for the NES and one of its greatest games. Technos nearly perfected the formula on the system and delivered an absolute treat. No NES library is complete without this game.
NES Times (Jan 29, 2009)
So anyway you look at it, River City Ransom is another NES cart worthy of it's cult status. Its mixture of excellent brawling and RPG customization works like a charm, and its funny and addictive gameplay makes this a fighting title you'll be playing many times over. This is definetly a game worth adding to your collection.
OK, so it's not up to par audiovisually with a game like Streets of Rage 2. Big deal! River City Ransom can take on any 16-bit fighting game and emerge victorious in the long haul. Screw the 16, 32, and 64 bit revolution! Few games for any of these formats exhibit the omni-enticing play that RCR and the NES deliver.
GamesCollection (Nov 26, 2007)
In definitiva, credo che abbiate già capito che questo gioco ha stregato subito il sottoscritto dal momento stesso in cui l’ha comprato una decina di anni fa! Io lo uso ancora ogni tanto per ricordare i pomeriggi e le serate trascorse davanti alla televisione con i miei amici ma anche perché no, per sfogarmi un po’ e scaricare le tensioni.
When Game Informer readers paged through the last issue, and noticed that River City Ransom didn't make our Top 100 Games of All Time list, a low, guttural groan could be heard through every corner of this great country. RCR was among the best-loved NES titles out there, and perhaps the system's most popular beat-em-up.
Quebec Gamers (Apr 12, 2007)
River City Ransom est un sympathique Beat 'em up avec des éléments RPG qui allongent sa durée de vie autrement très courte.
The Video Game Critic (Feb 12, 2008)
The backgrounds offer some simple but attractive scenery including bright city skylines and scenic canals. The bottom of the screen displays colorful dialogue, most notably "BARF!!" when a thug is defeated. Perhaps the game's most innovative feature is how you earn and spend money to restore your life, raise your attributes, and acquire new moves. There are four shopping malls, each with a different set of stores. When using the gym sauna, you see your character's bare ass, which looks hilarious. River City Ransom provides a password save, but this thing is huge! I'm not sure I could write it down without making a mistake. It's also possible to find yourself "stuck" and unsure how to proceed, which happened to me and my friend George. Despite its minor flaws however, River City Ransom is a quality two-player beat-em-up that has withstood the test of time better than most.
N-Force (Nov, 1992)
More to offer than your average beat-'em-up and definitely one to keep an eye out for.
The Generic Boys giving you trouble? Can't seem to get across the Clark Street Bridge alone? Well my friend, Technos has give you the solution. Just holler for your best NES buddy and the two of you can take'em on at the same time! It's the roughest, toughest, two-fisted, put up your dukes street brawl ever-River City Ransom!
79 (Mar, 2003)
Overall, the game kicks ass. It is simple, cartoonish, and funny, but still has many functions in the game that are more advanced than the serious games of this time. Clearly, no NES collection is complete without this game. I'd buy it myself, but that's the beauty of long term borrowing -- Sooner or later they forget.
Super Power (Jul, 1992)
Nettement moins beau, les sprites ne sont ni aussi fins, ni aussi soignés que Double Dragon, S.G. ajoute quand même une notable petite touche d'humour. De nombreuses options sont proposées au début du jeu, et vous devrez augmenter vos niveaux d'expérience pour espérer arracher les dents des premiers et derniers boss venus. Quant à la maniabilité, elle est correctement gérée et les personnages répondent bien aux commandes.
NES Archives (Feb 10, 2009)
If you heard and believed the hype that this is one of the greatest NES games of all time, you may be disappointed. If you are looking for an entertaining, option-loaded, two-player simultaneous beat ‘em up you are in business.
Joystick (French) (Nov, 1992)
Les graphismes sont plus qu'honnêtes, j'irai même jusqu"à dire : bien ! Pour une fois que les teintes ne sont pas d'un orange verdâtre ! Selon AHL, Double Dragon II s'en tire beaucoup mieux. Je vous laisse juger. Quant à Double Dragon III, il est bien inférieur à Street Gangs. Pour un jeu de baston, qui se joue à deux simultanément qui plus est, Street Gangs ne s'en tire pas mal du tout.
Video Chums (Oct 13, 2015)
River City Ransom is definitely worth playing for any retro enthusiast. It does have its problems and is very short, but the amount of memorable fun that you'll have will make you happy for taking the time to visit River City.
Video Games (Nov, 1992)
Streetgangs bietet ein unkompliziertes Prügelspiel, dess großes Plus im 2-Spieler-Modus liegt. Grafisch spektakulär ist's nicht, tummeln sich mehrere Raufbolde auf dem Schirm, beginnt zudem das große Flackern. Dann sind die Sprites kaum noch zu erkennen. Die (englischen) Dialoge sind ganz nett und zumindest durch die Wonderboyartigen Extras bietet Streetgangs Abwechslung. Die richtige Verpflegung und das Erlernen neuer Kampftechniken bringen ein taktisches Element ins Spiel, das Streetgangs einen Kick abwechslungsreicher macht.
VideoGame (Apr, 1991)
Há apenas uma fase, na qual todos os inimigos devem ser enfrentados para se chegar na porta que dará acesso à luta final. Mas, para abrir a porta, será necessário antes comprar um livro na biblioteca, que lhe ensinará o segredo.
Total! (Germany) (Jul, 1993)
Selbst wenn Capcom ein Final Fight auf dem NES plant. rechtfertigt das lange nicht den Kauf dieser Krücke