Street Smart Review

Street Smart (Available on PlayStation 3 & PSP)
ESRB Rating: E10+
Number of Players: 1
Genre: Fighting
Publisher: SNK Playmore
Developer: SNK
Release Date: October 18th, 2011

Parent Talk: Street Smart is rated E10+ by the ESRB for suggestive themes and fantasy violence.  Given the age of the game it’s not overly offensive.

Plays Like: Double Dragon, the first Street Fighter and other early beat ‘em ups or early fighters.

Review Basis: Finished the game thanks to unlimited continues.

Details: Available from the Neo Geo Station on the PlayStation Network for $2.99.

The Scoop:

Street Smart is a 1989 fighting game released before SNK’s Neo Geo MVS/AES took off.  As such it’s extremely primitive by today’s standards, but remains a fun quirky title.  Players choose to fight as either a martial artist or a wrestler and take on seven different opponents.  The gameplay is reminiscent of the original Double Dragon in which players can kick, punch or use a special move.  It’s also possible to string together a few hits to form very simple combos.  You’ll need to use all your fighting skills to beat this one as it’s designed to completely obliterate you, so that you’d put in an extra quarter.  Thanks to it being released on the PSN though, all you have to do is press the triangle button and presto unlimited continues.  One of the most fondly remembered features is being able to play through the whole game with a buddy.  Sadly all Minis only support single player.  It was also one of the very first games to use the slogan “Winners Don’t Use Drugs.”

Having been released as Mini on the PlayStation Network, the $3 asking price is perfect for anyone interested in the history of arcade games, or to see where fighting games got their start.  If nothing else you win money and girls after every match, and what’s not to like about that?

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