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Pit-Fighter is a 3rd-person fight game that features digitized graphics of real fighters and zooming effects. Players select one of three fighters (Buzz, Ty or Kato) to take on anyone who dares. At the conclusion of a match, players are individually awarded a Knockout Bonus, Brutality Bonus, and a Fight Purse. Every third match is a Grudge Match where players test the skills of each other. The last man standing is the winner of this three-knockdown match. Players fight their way to the Elimination Match to decide who wins the opportunity to dethrone the champion, the Masked Warrior.


Pit-Fighter ZX Spectrum Losing the grudge match results in humiliation
Pit-Fighter Lynx Kicking you when you're down is a favorite tactic of the computer.  Luckily, you can do it too.
Pit-Fighter Arcade Playing as Ty with his original red pants
Pit-Fighter Genesis The final opponent taunts you in between fights.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Pit-Fighter: The Ultimate Competition" -- Full title
  • "PitFighter: The Ultimate Challenge" -- SEGA Master System in-game title
  • "ピットファイター" -- Japanese spelling
  • "피트 파이터" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

Like a bad Xerox copy, this port amplifies the flaws in the original. Lynx Trixter (9116)
Gives Use for the Word Turd Genesis ResidentHazard (3564)
At the very bottom of the pit DOS Zovni (10627)
A bad game, but with an attitude! DOS Iron Lord (44)
Yes it is bad but it started the whole digitized live actor trend DOS gametrader (233)

Critic Reviews

The One for Amiga Games Amiga Nov, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Mean Machines Genesis Jan, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Génération 4 Arcade Feb, 1991 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Dec, 1991 7 out of 12 58
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Feb, 1992 5 out of 12 42
Sega Power SEGA Master System Dec, 1993 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
neXGam Lynx 2008 3.2 out of 10 32
Press Play On Tape Game Boy Jun 10, 2020 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
All Game Guide Genesis 1998 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
The Atari Times Lynx Mar 18, 2003 10 out of 100 10


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Cancelled Atari 7800 version

Atari had a 7800 port underway, outsourced to Imagitec Design, but abandoned it around 1992. You can read about it here.

DOS version

The DOS port of Pit-Fighter inexplicably uses a sprite resizing algorithm that stretches only vertically, not horizontally. This results in very odd-looking "skinny" fighters onscreen (as well as almost everything else).


  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Beat-'em-ups (Check 'em out)
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