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Domark Ltd
Arcade: Solo beat-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K

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Paul Davis
Chris Bourne

Everyone has a secret little pastime. I find happiness in train spotting, while Big AC looks as though he participates in a spot of Pit-Fighting in his spare time! How else can you explain his bleary eyes, blank expression and general complete disarray every Monday morning?

In Pit Fighter the Tengen coin-op conversion two-players a compete as either Ty, Buzz or Kato. Ty the kickboxer is the most agile of the three, Buzz is a powerful, but slow moving, ex-wrestler and Kato is merely your common or dojo third degree karate black belt (see Peter Sellers' 'Pink Panther' movies).

The enemy is known as 'The Executioner' and 'The Ultimate Warrior' (the ultimate bad guy and your last opponent). To reach the 'Ultimate Warrior' you must first battle past seven other opponents. After every third bout your fighter enters into a grudge match with a mirror image of himself for bonus cash and a harder reputation (like Ed Laurence's).

In the excellent two-player mode another character can be controlled by a friend or enemy, whichever you like. Just make sure you've practiced enough to whop him.

The main sprites scale in and out of the screen in much the same way as their arcade parents, with some decent sound effects too. Most worthy of note is the incredible title screen and accompanying sound track. Although a touch awkward at first, character control soon becomes second nature and beating the living blazes out of the computer, or even better a friend, is very satisfying. Good value at this price.

Label: Hit Squad
Memory: 128K
Price: £3.99 Tape
Reviewer: Paul Davis

STEVE: Even with Street Fighter II claiming all the glory at the moment Pit-Fighter still contains some unique features (the use of weapons for example) to mark it out as a worthy addition to any beat 'em up fan's collection.

I was impressed with Pit-Fighter's superb graphics when it was first released and at this budget price it really is a stylish steal.