Monster Maulers (originally Kyukyoku Sentai Dadandarn) is a fairly unique fighting game created by Konami in 1993 where a team of Sentai-esque warriors are sent to face monsters around the world before confronting the villains who unleashed them in the first-place. While Monster Maulers mostly consists of a set of one-on-duels like in most fighting games(or two-on-one in two-player mode), the enemy characters cannot be selected, and there is no 2-player versus mode. As such, it's often regarded as a Beat 'em Up, or a cross between the two genres.
Monster Maulers provides the following tropes:
- Calling Your Attacks: Commonly done with the game's special moves.
- Combination Attack: by standing next to one another while initiating a special move, 2 players can perform a united, enhanced special attack.
- Co-Op Multiplayer: 2 players can team up to take on the bosses. Interestingly, despite basically being a fighting game, there's no 2-player Versus mode.
- Dub Name Change: The game's original Japanese name was Kyukyoku Sentai Dadandarn. Also the Chinese elemental-themed demon boss had his name changed from Furaiki to Diablo.
- Expy: The airship-riding main villains bear something more than a passing resemblance to Doronjo and her crew from Yatterman
- Noblewoman's Laugh: The Doronjo-esque final boss likes to give off one of these now and then.
- Shout-Out: Several enemies from the Gradius and Salamander series appear as enemies, or at least enemies designed to resemble them. Like the Brain Golem, or the Moai statue boss.
- Stripperiffic: The Japanese hero Kotetsu wears a rather bizarre outfit that consists of a combination of a thong, loincloth & girdle, shoulder pads, upper arm and lower leg guards and nothing else.
- "Super Sentai" Stance: The characters all have win poses that seem quite Sentai-inspired, but it's especially noticeable at the end of the game where they all pose together.