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Pray for Death is a 1996 Fighting Game developed by Light Shock Software and published by Virgin Interactive for DOS PCs. It was one of the many fighting games that tried to copy Mortal Kombat, with a 2½D art style similar to Killer Instinct. However, it's worth mentioning that it includes Cthulhu as a character.

One day, the Grim Reaper decides to organize a fighting tournament between ten dead fighters, with the winner getting to come back to life.

This game is still sold on Steam and GOG.com. It can also be played in a browser or downloaded here.

Not to be confused with the 1985 Ninja movie of the same name starring Sho Kosugi.


Pray for Death provides examples of the following tropes:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Painbringer. A "malfunction" turned him from a military training automaton into a genocidal robot supremacist.
  • Alien Blood: Cthulhu's blood is green, Anubi's is purple.
  • All Myths Are True: The Norse god Odin is mentioned in Wolfrich's bio, the Egyptian god Anubis (named "Anubi" here) has his cult, and Cthulhu is here as well.
  • Ax-Crazy: Pantera and Maelstrom. The latter once slaughtered his own entire army, thinking he would no longer need them.
  • Badass Normal: In a game which features killer robots, angels, demons, and physical gods, Jan Fun is pretty much an ordinary man who is really, really good at martial arts.
  • Bad Boss: Working for Sir Maelstrom is hazardous to your health. Just ask his army, who got slaughtered by him.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Sir Maelstrom has two blades on each of his gauntlets.
  • Bruce Lee Clone: Jan Fun is a Chinese martial artist who immigrated to America, invented a martial art, and died in 1973 under mysterious circumstances. Even his name is just Lee's Cantonese given name (Jun-Fan) with the vowels switched. The only difference to the real Bruce Lee in his backstory is that Jan Fun opened a dojo instead of becoming an actor.
  • Dance Battler: Pantera, who kills dancing to the sound of techno.

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