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Video Game / Crime Fighters

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Crime Fighters is a 1989 Beat 'em Up made by Konami, released around the same time as their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game. Up to two players (four in the American version) try to rescue a huge group of girls kidnapped by a crime lord. This game was known for its very risque sense of humor, one of the main reasons why this game never got ported to home systems.

It has a sequel named Crime Fighters 2, released as Vendetta in non Japanese territories. Violent Storm is sometimes considered a third game among fans due to its similar themes and gameplay, although it was never officially part of the series.

This game contains examples of:

  • Angry Guard Dog: Appears in the late levels.
  • Bottomless Magazines: The enemies with guns. This also applies to your pistols you pick up in the Japanese and European versions, while they become Throw-Away Guns in the American version.
  • Boss Rush: After beating the game for the first time, you fight all of the bosses at once again in a Bonus Level of Hell along with a few enemies.
  • Bowdlerise: The Japanese versions had the Macho Camp enemies and dogs who tried to lick and hump you, as well as a poster that would lick you in stage 6 when you walked by it. The overseas versions removed these.
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  • Captain Ersatz: Some of the bosses. In particular, The second stage boss is a Jason Voorhees cosplayer named J.J., the fourth stage boss is a Leatherface-like biker named Max and the fifth stage boss is a Freddy Krueger-lookalike named Robert England.
  • Color-Coded Multiplayer
    • Player 1: Blue
    • Player 2: Yellow
    • Player 3: Green
    • Player 4: Red
      • In the 2-Player version:
    • Player 1: Blue
    • Player 2: Red
  • Difficulty by Region: An odd example. The Japanese and European versions of the game were two-players and they have lives and a life bar. The American four-player version removed the lives and gave you Hit Points (100 per coin) for every token you inserted in, and worse, it drained your life by 1 point about every 10 seconds. The Japanese version also has a back kick button that was removed in the American version.
  • Do Not Drop Your Weapon: Played straight with the enemies, but you lose any weapons you pick up as soon as you're hit.
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  • Excuse Plot: Beautiful women are being kidnapped by a dangerous criminal organization. It's up to you and your buddies to defeat the bad guys and save the women.
  • Groin Attack: Can be done to you or the enemies.
  • Hitbox Dissonance: You'll have a hard time trying to hit enemies in this game. The bosses are even worse, as they'll most likely hit you before you hit them.
  • Macho Camp: These enemies are only found in the Japanese versions of the game. There's also dog enemies that try to hump you. They would return in the Japanese version of Vendetta.
  • Palette Swap: All four player characters.
  • Ratchet Scrolling
  • Whip It Good: The female enemies.
  • You Get Knocked Down, You Get Back Up Again: Averted as enemies can be kicked while on the ground. The bosses subvert this as they can't be knocked down and kicked.


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