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Release year: 1991 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by SNK

King of the Monsters (NEO GEO)

King of the Monsters (AKA キング・オブ・ザ・モンスターズ) is a 2D fighting / wrestling video game developed by SNK for the Neo Geo in 1001. In the game players can play individually or by pair to win in each level. Also, King of the Monsters has a two-player tournament mode. It is the first game of the series.

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King of the Monsters Cover (NEO GEO)

Players select one of the six monsters for the match and two gamers can work together to defeat the enemy. The battle is over when a monster is pinned for a 3-count or when the time expires. King of the Monsters consists of twelve total levels. Players should defeat six monsters, with the last one being a palette-swapped version of the one they chose. After that, players will face the monsters again in similar order, but the matches happen in various cities this time.

The visuals in King of the Monsters for the NEO GEO do not provide much flair. They are not even excellent by Neo-Geo’s standards. There is limited detail in various areas since the structures and cities are so small. The monsters are great-looking, but the animations look silly and the absence of animation frames is somewhat odd. This game took the classic “huge monster walking through cities” concept that was made popular in Godzilla and King Kong movies.

The Characters in King of the Fighters

  • Geon: A Godzilla-like dinosaur.
  • Woo: A King Kong-like giant gorilla (not available on the ports).
  • Poison Ghost: A creature covered in toxic waste, inspired by Hedorah (not available on the ports).
  • Rocky: A giant Moai-like golem made of boulders.
  • Beetle Mania: A large beetle-like creature, possibly inspired by Megalon.
  • Astro Guy: An Ultraman-like superhero with the name reference from Astro Boy.

This game offers three action buttons which are the kick, run, and pick buttons. By using them in combinations, players may pull off some special moves to beat their opponents quickly. As a bonus, they can even grab fleeting fighter choppers and jets, turn around, and use them as projectiles against their enemies.

While the controls for this game are solid, they really don’t offer that much depth. The levels are constantly changing, and that will add a bit of replay value. Unfortunately, those specials effects may not be enough to keep your eagerness and attention for a long time.

King of the Monsters is an action-packed game with plenty of structures to crush and great monsters to defeat—but it will never be among the best titles on Neo Geo. Not all gamers will enjoy this game, but the Godzilla and King Kong fans will.

King of the Monsters game has been ported to Arcade, Neo Geo (this version), SNES and Sega Genesis.

King of the Monsters - Neo Geo
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