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The King of Fighters '97
Mai. Annoy
by Peter Willington 19/11/2013
Product: The King of Fighters '97
Developer: DotEmu
Publisher: SNK Playmore
Format: Android, iPhone, iPad
Genre: Arcade, Fighting, Retro
Players: 1-2
Networking: Bluetooth
Version: Europe
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The original The King of Fighters '97, which was released in the arcades and on home consoles of the time, is an immense piece of work.

Since developer SNK was releasing a new version of its crossover 2D fighting game every year - while continuing to develop for hardware it knew intimately well - the improvements year on year were often staggering.

The King of Fighters '97 is my favourite canonical entry in the Orochi Saga. This iOS outing is a technically accomplished port of that great game, though it's so close as to occasionally be detrimental to the overall package. ...
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A technically superb port of an excellent fighting game, the absense of modes to practise in and lack of caveats for new players will sadly confine this to a niche audience
Audio/visual: 8
Gameplay: 6
Value: 6
Innovation: 4
Overall: 6
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