River City Girls is an attractive spinoff with tight guillotine gameplay, bearing many imprints of the classic Kunio-kun game series in the old days.
Kunio-kun is one of my favorite classic series on the NES platform for all genres, from tight action RPGs with non-linear open world gameplay designs to all kinds of Extremely exciting sports shape. However, most of the games in this series were not exported from Japan at the time of the original release. Or if there is also a change of title and character name, like the case of “changing the surname” of Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari with two new names River City Ransom and Street Gangs when released respectively in North America and Europe markets .
River City Girls takes players back to River City context with a pair of “new and old” characters in Kyoko and Misako. Those who love the Kunio-kun series should still remember the two “college sisters” who have a special relationship with Kunio and Riki in the old games. In a detention session, the two received “breaking news” announcing the boyfriends of the two were kidnapped by hostile subjects. So a fight “because the heart missed the beat” overcame all, finding clues for kidnappers and rescuing boyfriends quickly took place. The game continues to bring the experience of “tight guillotine” in the familiar open space of many games in this series.
The biggest difference of River City Girls compared to other “tight guillotine” games on the market is that the gameplay is not too linear, but not quite non-linear. Instead of following a certain path straight forward, now you have to run back and forth between the new and old areas to complete the task. Players do not necessarily have to “chop” all the time, but there are segments where this element is required to unlock new paths. However, if not “hacked” much, your character will level up very slowly, more or less, which reduces the power of the protagonist.
In the Kunio-kun series, River City Girls is probably the first game to show “feminism” when it comes to playing the female lead, not one but two characters. In it, Kyoko is a schoolgirl with a lively, cheerful personality, slightly obsessed with fashion and beauty. A fairly typical image of many female students today. Misako is the opposite, quite impatient and ready to punch without skipping if the boys offend. The contrasting personalities of the two characters create quite humorous dialogue throughout the experience, the thief rubs when responding to the “rogue components” in River City.
River City Girls perfectly combines the tight play style with role-playing elements and open screen design, bringing a quite engaging and familiar experience to those who have loved Kunio-kun series. Players can use the money earned from “teaching” the “bear head” components to buy new skills in Dojo. You can also buy a lot of things from ordinary items to costumes inside and outside of the character, instead of equipment elements of the role-playing genre. Not to mention, the character can also go to the shops to buy food and drinks to heal, quite like the Yakuza game series.