Pit Fighter

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This fighting game should've been thrown in a pit.

Pit Fighter is a pre-Street Fighter II fighting game developed by Atari in 1990 for Arcades. Despite its awfulness, it was ported to various home consoles and computers.

You choose one of three characters, who join illegal street fights for money.

Why It Sucks

All versions

  1. Bad, unresponsive controls.
  2. Poor hit detection.
  3. Frustrating difficulty (except in Atari 7800 version).
  4. Ugly digitized sprites.
  5. Dull, uninspired or stupid characters.
  6. Horrid animations.
  7. Once Mortal Kombat came around, it was finished.

ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC only

  1. Poor soundtrack.
  2. Very-choppy frame-rate.

SNES only (possibly the worst port of the game)

  1. No continues, lives or password system.
  2. The sprites are very small, ugly and choppy.
  3. A single tune during the entire game, and it's awful.
  4. Three of the opponents (Southside Jim, Heavy Metal, and Miles) are gone.
  5. The game looks extremely pixelated, even for a 16 bit system
  6. You face every opponent in the game twice, with the exception of C.C Rider, who you fight four times.
  7. Unlike the other versions, this one lacks the weapons and interactive audience.
  8. Health replenishment only happens every 3 matches.
  9. There are no health bars, instead it uses numbers.
  10. It's almost the exact game as the atrocious Game Boy port, except with color.

Game Boy only

  1. There is one song that plays during matches and it loops every few seconds.
  2. The ending is just the character with the text saying "STILL THE BEST" on the screen.

Sega Master System only

  1. No in-game music.
  2. The background is not animated.
  3. The characters and enemies are few.
  4. Poor sound effects of hitting enemies.
  5. It barely feels like the original game.

Atari Lynx only

  1. Awful ear-bleeding sound effects.
  2. Awful music.
  3. The game runs extremely slow.

Atari ST only

  1. Very-choppy frame-rate.
  2. Unresponsive controls.

Atari 7800 only (cancelled, only a prototype ROM exists)

  1. This game is unfinished and can beaten in 40 seconds or less.
  2. No music or sounds.

MS-DOS only

  1. YOU PLAY THE GAME USING THE MOUSE!!!!!!
  2. The speed of the game is a mess.

Midway Arcade Treasures 2 and Deluxe only

  1. The speed of the game is twice the one of the original arcade.

Redeeming qualities

Arcade version only

  1. It was pretty advanced for its time, using sprites of real life actors for the characters.

Sega Mega Drive / Genesis only

  1. The controls are improved.
  2. Fast and awesome music.
  3. It's the closest port to the arcade.

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