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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.

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


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.
  • Ax-Crazy: Pantera and Maelstrom. The later once slaughtered his entire own army, thinking he would no longer need them.
  • Bad Boss: Working for Sir Maelstrom is hazardous to your health. Just ask his army, who got slaughtered by him.
  • 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.
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  • 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.