One Must Fall

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One Must Fall (OMF) is a fighting game series for the IBM PC compatible, programmed by Diversions Entertainment.

One Must Fall[edit]

A screenshot from the original One Must Fall demo.

The original One Must Fall is a game demo created in the wake of the success of Street Fighter II. It features two human fighters who greatly resemble the Karate Champ fighters who fight in a single arena. Players can kick, punch, throw, create fireballs, teleport, and do a jumpkick. The game was completely retooled for a commercial release, as the original concept was considered too repetitive. This prototype was featured in several collections of shareware and freeware games.[1]

One Must Fall: 2097[edit]

One Must Fall: 2097 screenshot showing Crystal (in the Jaguar robot) fighting Jean-Paul (in the Shadow robot).

Released in 1994 by Epic MegaGames, One Must Fall: 2097 replaced the human fighters with robots. In-game competitors were connected to a machine which allowed them direct control as well as sensation of their robot counterparts. Eleven robots and ten customizable pilots were available for play, along with five arenas and four tournaments. The pilots vary in strength, speed and endurance, thus the many robot/pilot combinations allow for larger replay value.

One Must Fall: Battlegrounds[edit]

A screenshot from One Must Fall: Battlegrounds.

Developed by Diversions Entertainment and co-published in December 2003 by Diversions Publishing and Trisynergy Inc. following nearly seven years of development, One Must Fall: Battlegrounds brought the One Must Fall series into a second installment released in an age where the gaming world expected graphics and gameplay in three dimensions with internet gameplay an integral portion of the offering.


  1. ^ "Diversions Entertainment". Diversions Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2004-09-19. Retrieved 2012-01-19. Since its release in 1994, the game has been made freeware (available for download) and inducted into the Gamespy Hall of Fame in 2002.

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