Brutal: Paws of Fury

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Brutal: Paws of Fury
Cover art
Brutal: Paws of Fury cover art
Developer(s) GameTek
Eurocom
Publisher(s) GameTek
Platform(s) Mega Drive/Genesis, SNES, Amiga, Amiga CD32, Sega Mega-CD, DOS, Sega 32X
Release date(s) Mega Drive/Genesis
  • EU October 1, 1994
Genre(s) Versus fighting game
Mode(s) Single-player, Two-player
Distribution Cartridge
CD-ROM

Brutal: Paws of Fury (known in Japan as Animal Buranden - Brutal (アニマル武乱伝 ブルータル?)) is a fighting video game published by GameTek Inc. in 1994. The game features a full cast of anthropomorphic animals as selectable fighters. The game also featured an ability to learn new moves and save them via a password feature.

Overview[edit]

Brutal: Paws of Fury was published in 1994 by GameTek and Cybersoft in the US and Europe, and Kemco in Japan. The game was released on the Amiga, Mega Drive/Genesis and Mega-CD, and was ported to the Super NES later the same year. Another version, Brutal: Above the Claw, was released on the 32X and PC in 1995 with two new playable characters and a remixed introduction. The general content and gameplay has remained constant throughout all incarnations, although the Sega CD and 32X releases boasted superior graphics and sound. Many fighting game fans preferred the SNES version, if only due to the 6-button controller, each button to correspond with strong, medium, and weak punches/kicks, while the standard Sega Genesis 3-button controller forced players to toggle between punches and kicks. This could be remedied with use of the Sega 6 button pad.

Series synopsis[edit]

Brutal

The Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis versions of Brutal: Paws of Fury.

Brutal: Paws of Fury (1994)

Every four years on the uncharted Brutal Island, the world's toughest martial artists are invited to compete in the most gruelling tournament, aptly referred to as the Brutal Island Tournament. Only the winner of this tournament gains the privilege to challenge the Dali Llama, the greatest fighter in the world, for the coveted Belt of Heaven championship.

Brutal: Animal Buranden

The Japanese title of the Super Nintendo version.

Brutal: Above the Claw (1995) Four years after the Paws of Fury tournament, the participants return to Brutal Island to once again compete for the match against the Dali Llama for the Belt of Heaven. The tournament is also the Llama's way of "testing" the warriors, judging whom among them possess the deepest "warrior's spirit."

Cast of characters[edit]

All the characters in the game are various anthropomorphic animals. The original Brutal: Paws of Fury includes:

  • Kung Fu Bunny - A rabbit monk.
  • Prince Leon of Kenya - A lion rock star.
  • Rhei Rat - A rat who is an accomplished Thai boxer.
  • Tai Cheetah - A cheetah who is mentoring Kendo Coyote.
  • Kendo Coyote - A coyote who is motivated by greed.
  • Foxy Roxy - A lycra-wearing vixen, who is a politician and social activist.
  • Ivan the Bear - A bear who claims to be the strongest animal in the world.
  • Pantha - A panther who is a member of a sinister cult.
  • Karate Croc - A crocodile bar brawler.
  • Dali Llama - A llama who is currently the holder of the Belt of Heaven championship.

Note: Karate Croc and the Dali Llama are only playable by means of inputting a secret button sequence.

Brutal: Above the Claw introduces two additional characters:

  • Chung Poe - A mole who can transform into an anthropomorphic bat-dragon hybrid during battle.
  • Psycho Kitty - A cat who apparently suffers from hyperactivity.

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