Adam Zimmerman goes through his collection of vintage wrestling games and reviews them for your enjoyment.
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Wrestle Jump (link)
"These two wrestlers have found themselves in the desert and all that heat and sand are starting to get to them. Now they’re ready to lay the smackdown even though the nearest ring is 500 miles away. Pick a fighter and get ready to rumble in this weird wrestling game. The first one to score five points wins."
When I first ran into this ultra-simplified wresting game, I have to admit, my hopes weren't very high as far as it being any fun to play. It's quite deceiving in its simplicity, though, and also ended up being really fun! Basically, two masked luchadors are locked in an "eternal death grip" out in the middle of the desert. Since you can't let go of your opponent and your arms are basically useless except for holding on to your adversary for dear life; you have to use your positioning, leverage, and time your jumps in order to drop your opponent onto his head before he can do the same to you.
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The entire control scheme for this game is literally just one button on the keyboard - "W" for "wrestle". It's more of a jump button than a wrestle button though. As I said, you sort of time your jumps and use leverage to suplex or otherwise slam your opponent onto their head to score a point. The first grappler to get 5 points wins. Pretty simple. For a little variety; you can turn on wind effects which blow the wrestlers around and ice effects that make you slide. The levels themselves are also always changing after each point is scored to help the game from becoming too repetitive.
Like I said, as simple as it is, it's also really fun and addictive to play. Even just playing a one-player game and battling the AI is challenging but this game also features a two-player mode to up the excitement level a little. There's even an online multiplayer mode, believe it or not! That's a nice bonus and the online community is surprisingly active enough that I didn't have a problem finding random opponents to drop me onto my skull. I think every "grappling gamer" should give this game a try.
PWA - Pro Wrestling Action (link)
"Prepare for a fight in this wrestling game, where you’ll have to defeat all of your opponents. There will be many of them, so you’ll have to fight to the last man. When your enemies fall to the ground, it’s about time to throw them out of the arena. Since this is wrestling, you have an option of choosing from a multitude of attacks. You can jump on the arena rope and slam down on your enemy".
Next up is more of a "standard wrestling game" compared to Wrestle Jump, called PWA. In this game, you choose your wrestler and take on all comers in an endless battle royal, trying to survive as long as you can. The roster for this particular game boasts humorous parodies of real WWE wrestlers to choose from like The Cliff (The Rock), Bold Steve (Stone Cold), Bulk (Hulk Hogan), and John Rhino (John Cena). All in all, there are 8 amusing personalities to choose from to represent yourself.
Even though this plays as more of a standard wrestling experience than Wrestle Jump; it's still a pretty simple game. Once the battle royal starts, you move your wrestler around the ring with the mouse and then click the left mouse button to attack. You can also climb the turnbuckles for a high flying move but all wrestler's standard attacks consist of mostly punches and kicks. There is however a "rage meter" that, once full, allows you to really unleash some havoc in the squared circle.
Today, I wanted to return to something I tried here a couple of years ago. I want to see what type of free, pro wrestling flash games there are online for us all to enjoy. You know, no console needed, no monetary investment needed; just some free fun for us all.
On that note, let's see what I can dig up for us to play today. First up...
Unlike your competition, once you get eliminated, that's all she wrote - match over. You earn money depending on how well you did and how many wrestlers you eliminated before succumbing yourself that you can spend on upgrades to your preferred grappler after the match. This way, with each new battle royal you participate in, you come back a little faster and stronger and better equipped to last just a little longer. You can upgrade things like speed, power, defense, etc. This small touch makes the game much more replayable than it otherwise would have been.
The "cartoony" graphics for all of the parody wrestlers are amusing and even the referee is a sight to behold. To me, he looks like he's been hitting the bottle a little before the match. He also does an amusing shrugging gesture every time you eliminate one of your foes as if to say, "Well, there goes another one. What do you want me to do about it?". Just like the previous game we played here today; PWA also turns out to be a game worth spending a little time with on a lazy afternoon.
Well, that's about it for this time. I'm glad I got to find and try out two quality games for us all to enjoy no matter what our console and budget limitations may be. No matter what; there are always fun wrestling games out there to enjoy. You just gotta look for them.
Until next time... keep mashing those buttons!