| paleface [sys=PCCD; cat=Beat_em_up; loc=JPN] |
|Babelfish translates the title, partially, as "Don't You Think?"|
I didn't think I'd soon encounter a fisticuffs game weirder than Gouketuji-Ichizoku 2 (see entry 102) but Anesan is way, way farther out than that.
All the playable characters and enemies are female, though some of them perhaps barely qualify. The game has a weird obsession with uglifying females--for instance between stages you can play a minigame (you can also play this Vs.--oh and before I forget, the game supports co-op play) in which you waggle the joystick to see who can make their character's face turn in to a horribly frightening ghoulish face as quickly as possible.
You can pick from three women to start with and a few of the bosses you beat come playable later, so I had up to five. Once one of them is taken down, she's out and you have to choose a different woman to restart the stage.
Combat is limited to punches, grapples (hair pulling), throws, a difficult downed attack, and very awkward jump-kicks. The characters without fail animate very oddly, I mean things like in some poses their arms are just too short. Each has a sort of different chain combo performed simply by mashing the attack button against an opponent. Some characters are way worse than others, due to attack speed and range: by far the best has grotesquely long arms and a lighting fast punching speed, so you just keep punching and pretty much nothing can touch you. Once you figure that out, this is not a hard game.
There are five stages set in various urban Japanese scenes, usually at night. The backgrounds are quite uninteractive and really superfluous, although occassionally they'll have something amusing in them like super pimped-out '80s motorcycles. It's really the music that sets the scene, as each stage has its own bizarre, hard-pumping perverted Beach Boy style pop rock. Really, the music is absolutely insane.
For the most part you face the same generic female opponent in different colored jumpsuits--pink, blue, white, and maybe there was a purple in there. Just punch fast and they go down, they aren't that aggressive and don't really try to surround you. In fact most of the time they'll obligingly stand still while you punch a few of them (hit detection for your attacks is very generous). Some stages throw chicks on motorcycles at you, you can just avoid them or kill them in one hit.
You take damage real fast--especially early on when your life bar is short you can die in just a few hits. Later it gets longer and, coupled with occassional health-replenishing items found on the ground, you really don't have many worries unless you're using a relatively useless character like the cheerleader. Bosses are dumb as rocks and go down very quickly with repeat punching. Nothing to it.
So what's the appeal? Not really the gameplay, but you're unlikely to find another game with anything quite like Anesan's insane '80s female theme.
|Supports two-player co-op. Remember to punch very fast!|| ||