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Mat Mania - 20081999120000 by Shadow Lord
Game:Mat ManiaCompany:Taito
Type:SportsPlayers:1/2

Professional wrestling always seems to make fast-paced and exciting arcade games. Maybe it's just me, as I was a wrestling fan when I was young and before the pseudo-sport became so sleazy and cheesy.
Enough of my personal views, on with the review! Mat Mania was an early wrestling game that was not very complicated: just two buttons, and only about four moves altogether. Also, there is no health bar: you just have to listen to the music, which picks up in pace as your health decreases.
As I mentioned, I love wrestling arcade games, but I hate the ones that do not have reversals: in many later wrestling games, if you were slung into the ropes, you run back helplessly into whatever move your opponet can execute. Mat Mania was ahead of its time by allowing you to reverse moves: you can return from the ropes with a shoulderblock, or reverse a piledriver if your opponet was foolish enough to attempt it too soon. Yet forget about advanced arcade wrestling concepts such as cheating, tag teams, illegal objects, and even being counted out when brawling outside the ring! Its more like "Renegade" between ropes, but its still a fun game where you never have to remember left-button1-right-button2-left-up-button1 for a bodyslam... just tap a button and there you go!
Graphics
5
5
Sound
Play Control
8
7
Challenge
Replay Value
7
8
Performance
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