Gang Wars (video game)

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Gang Wars
Japanese arcade flyer of Gang Wars.
Japanese arcade flyer of Gang Wars. Notice that Jackie (left) resembles Jackie Chan.
Developer(s) Alpha Denshi
Designer(s) Tsutomu Maruyama (producer,[1] director,[1] designer[1])
Composer(s) Yuka Watanabe[1]
Hiroaki Shimizu[1]
Platform(s) Arcade
Release date(s) July 1989
Genre(s) 2D Beat 'em up
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Display Horizontal orientation, 256 x 224 pixels, 60.00 Hz, 4096 colors

Gang Wars (ギャングウォーズ?) is a 1989 2D beat 'em up arcade game developed by Alpha Denshi and published by SNK.


The setting takes place in New York City, following martial artists Mike and Jackie, who heard an evil gang led by the antagonist, Jaguar, are terrorizing the city. Jaguar also kidnapped a young woman named Cynthia. Players must help Mike and Jackie by struggling through parts of New York City (including Chinatown, Manhattan) defeating Jaguar's gang to return peace to New York City, and defeat Jaguar to save Cynthia.


Screenshot of Gang Wars.

In Gang Wars, up to two players can control two different characters with different fighting styles. Gang Wars has a control configuration that is composed of two attack buttons (punch and kick), as well as a jump button to fight against enemies or overcome obstacles. Players have access to a repertoire of techniques by pushing these buttons individually or in combination. Unlike Double Dragon, Gang Wars has fire arms (much like SNK's P.O.W.: Prisoners of War, except Gang Wars has both, an assault rifle and a flamethrower), has a small amount of blood, has cutscenes, has two completely different playable characters and has a feature for customizing three fighting statistics (Power, Speed and Guard) for both characters. Players will earn a certain number of points to be able to increase their fighting statistics.

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  1. ^ a b c d e Closing credits of Gang War. Retrieved on 09-23-2009.

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