MAKER: HUDSON SOFT / WESTONE
RELEASE DATE: 26 FEBRUARY 1993 / 1993
STYLE: ACTION / SCROLLING BEAT 'EM UP
FORMAT: SUPER CD-ROM
Overview One of the few scrolling beat 'em ups on the PC Engine, Crest of Wolf will be very familiar to fans of Final Fight. The standard rescue-the-girl plot line is here, giving you a choice of two characters - Hawk and Tony. The moves are fairly typical for a game of this genre, with normal punches, grab-and-throw when you get close, and a life sapping special attack for those times when you are feeling a little overwhelmed by the bad guys. Each level has many sub-sections and ends in a boss fight.
This scrolling beat em up certainly shows the PC Engine is technically capable of moving big sprites around with no clash or slowdown. Unfortunately the graphics are rough and look almost half-finished, although this is partly down to the 'style' it just looks ugly in places and the lack of colours used on the background doesn't help matters. The sprites are reminiscent of Final Fight, but are poorly proportioned and badly animated for the most part. Visually, it's a disappointment coming from a developer like Hudson. Music is neither great nor poor - there are a few nice tracks and sound effects are sampled, which is essential to get that feel of proper impact. The game itself is simplistic and repetitive with a lack of moves to add variety and the levels are a little too long, although the frequent change of scenery is welcome. It isn't all bad - the game is fun for a while and if you are in the mood for something long and brainless then it serves its purpose well. But you can't help thinking that with a little more time and love put into it, it could have been a stand-out game for the machine. sunteam_paul