One thing very particular from the Arcade Archives this week, as Hamster takes day out from its latest Namco obsession to ship not solely a Tecmo title, however a enjoyable, foolish, and significantly obscure one at that — Accessible to obtain now on PS4 and Nintendo Change its forgotten fighter Angel Eyes!
Launched to Japanese arcades in 1996, Angel Eyes — or to present it its full title Tōkidenshō Angel Eyes — is a brilliant cult 2D fighter that was famend for sporting an All Anime Gal forged of scrappers. A collection of enjoyable character tropes, together with a college woman, a volleyball participant, a kunoichi, an conceited “ojou” lady, and a younger woman with a large teddy bear (predating Enchantress by a number of many years), battle it out in cute ‘n’ colourful motion, set in opposition to the backdrop of some equally unusual places, akin to a enjoyable honest, and a medieval citadel!
Try the lovable ‘n’ loopy carnage within the video beneath, courtesy of YouTuber Colmarr.
Angel Eyes, regardless of its seeming irrelevance, had some surprisingly prescient concepts. Not solely is it one of many first-ever “all ladies” preventing video games, however it is usually one of many first 2D fighters to characteristic a heavy slant on juggles and air combos. Maybe its funniest and most weird mechanic, nevertheless, is reserved for the so-called “reverse combo correction” system, which truly will increase harm the longer a combo goes on — slightly than scales it again. And thus, gamers with one or two pretty strong combos can discover themselves taking down their opponents in a fashion of seconds.
You thought Avenue Fighter V was “three errors to demise”? Attempt “one mistake to demise”!
Regardless of its simplistic nature and dopey mechanics, Angel Eyes is, understandably, not with out its allure. Although it could obtain a JPN PlayStation level in 1997, the collection would quietly disappear into the annals of preventing recreation historical past. Nonetheless, it’s pretty to see it once more. And, versus loads of the Arcade Archives releases, Angel Eyes is a title that really requires archiving, on account of its obscure, uncommon nature.
Angel Eyes is offered to obtain now on PS4 and Nintendo Change, priced at round $8.