As Siobhan Fahey once mused, all the world’s a stage...
Willy may have taken all of the credit, but it took his sister to
deliver the snappiness.
Foul Play is, essentially,
Final Fight – but if Haggar was played by Sir Laurence
Olivier, and it all went down on the widest theatre stage in the
known universe. This puppy just keeps on scrollin’.
it’s a fab fun beat ’em up, which adds its own thespian twist.
You’re he of wicked mo Baron Dashforth (or his sidekick, Scampwick,
should you go all two player and non-mo on your enemies’ various
arses). You’re also a daemon hunter. You act out tales of your
conquests on the aforementioned really bloody long stage – complete
with stagehands, bodgy props and, of course, an appreciative
Well, they’re appreciative if you give them
something to be appreciative about. You don’t have traditional life
or health, your survival is all up to your ability to enthral and
entertain. Yes indeed, your acting chops are literally your life. Forget
such vulgarly crude weaponry as knives and pipes, as they’re for mere
b-grade hacks. You are an ac-tor! Or something.
You can chain
together all manner of enemy-smashing combo moves, with more coming
on-board the further you progress through five varying acts, each of
which have various varying stages replete with various varying
minions and bosses. These combos are key to both high scoring and
achieving set goals in each level. Sure you can mash your way
through like Tara Reid playing Juliet, but you’ll have more hope of
surviving an actual sharknado than achieving a decent score. Skill
counts – please refer back to that ac-tor comment.
isn’t massive variation, but the same criticism can be levelled at
the arcade classics that Foul Play takes cues from. What it
has in spades is fun – although your right hand may not