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Video Game / Pray For Death

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"The game looks pretty good. The rendered backgrounds are sharp and use light sourcing and shading.(...) Add in some dull music and long, boring combos, and it equals a competent but uninspired game."
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One of the many fighting games that tried to copy Mortal Kombat. Although the influence of Killer Instinct is undeniable.

Pray For Death is a 1996 Fighting Game for DOS PCs, which tried to imitate Killer Instinct but didn't achieve much. While the graphics were great (for its time), the gameplay was uninspired, the sound horrible and the fatalities lame. However, it's worth mentioning that it includes Cthulhu as a character.

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


This game provides examples of:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Painbringer. A "malfunction" turned him from a military training automaton into a genocidal robot supremacist.
  • All Myths Are True: Odin is mentioned in Wolfrich's bio, Anubi has his cult, and Cthulhu is here as well.
  • Animated Armor: Sir Maelstrom is one such character.
  • Axe-Crazy: Pantera and Maelstrom. The later once slaughtered his entire own army, thinking he would no longer need them.
  • Badass Normal: Jan Fun; 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.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Sir Maelstrom has two blades on each of his gauntlets.
  • Bruce Lee Clone: Perhaps the most uninspired one yet: Jan Fun. Even the name isn't all that creative, it's just Lee's Cantonese given name (Jun-Fan) with the vowels switched. The only difference to the original 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.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Well, considering the man himself is fighter...
  • Fallen Angel: Uriel didn't want to help build Hell. Therefore, she was sentenced out of Heaven.
  • Finishing Move: They exist, but they are laughable. Nobody really dies, and some of them make no sense whatsoever.
  • High-Pressure Blood: All characters bleed a lot during the finishing moves - even when they are barely hit or not hit at all. Even Death himself bleeds!
    • Alien Blood: Cthulhu's is green, Anubi's purple.
    • Averted only for Maelstrom and Painbringer, as their metal bodies give of sparks when hit. Pantera acctually comments on this before battle.
  • Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels: From easiest to hardest: Dead, Ectoplasm, Zombie, Demon and Entity.
  • Man Versus Machine: Painbringer's main goal is to kill Jan Fun and prove the superiority of machines over men.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Maelstrom's backstory indicates that he is clearly meant to be Dracula, down to Wallachia being his homeland and having "novels" written about him being mixed with legend (an obvious reference to Stoker's novel), not to mention how he was eventually killed by the Turks (the primary adversaries of the historical Vlad the Impaler).
  • Succubus: Murgan's backstory calls him that, but it's clearly a case of the author failing mythology.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: Maelstrom's main goal is to find the Necronomicon.


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