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 July 1989
Genre(s) 2D Beat 'em up
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Sound Yamaha YM2413 FM
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. Mike and Jackie must fight through parts of New York City (including Chinatown, Manhattan) 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. The movements are composed of two attack types (punch and kick), as jumping to fight against enemies or overcome obstacles. Players have access to a repertoire of techniques by pushing these buttons individually or in combination. The characters can also pick up weapons for hitting, throwing projectiles and firearms. At the end of each stage the players can customise the characters' three fighting statistics (Power, Speed and Guard) depending on the number of points they have. Higher end stage scores grant more customisation points.

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

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