River City Ransom

The evil Slick has kidnapped Ryan's girlfriend and taken over the high school. The player is cast as either Ryan or Alex (second player) and has to fight his way through River City's merciless gangs before confronting Slick and freeing his girl.

River City Ransom is a side-scrolling beat-em-up similar to Double Dragon. The player, or players, travel through the locations of River City, encountering various gangs along the way. Gang members can be defeated with punches and kicks, or beaten up with objects scattered around. Upon their defeat, gang members drop money which Alex and Ryan can spend in malls to buy items that restore health and improve their combat abilities. The main characters have RPG-like numerical stats that can be improved this way, and can also buy books to learn combat manoeuvres. To finish the game, the player(s) have to find and defeat all the bosses.



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Game Information

Alternative Titles
Street Gangs, Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari, ダウンタウン熱血物語
Nintendo NES
Technōs Japan
Action, Beat 'em Up
NA Release Date
January 1, 1990
JP Release Date
April 25, 1989
EU Release Date
January 1, 1991
MVGL User Score
7 by 34 user(s)
MVGL Difficulty
Kazuo Sawa
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63 User(s)

This game also exists on:
TurboGrafx CD Sharp X68000 Nintendo Wii Nintendo Wii U Nintendo 3DS Nintendo Switch PlayStation 4 Xbox One Xbox Series X/S PlayStation 5

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