Battletoads is an arcade video game by Rare. It began with the original beat 'em up game Battletoads in 1991.
It stars three anthropomorphic toads named after adverse skin conditions, Rash, Zitz, and Pimple. The series was created to rival the super successful iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade games.
The series has been popular with five installments to date and there has been an animated tv pilot. The original Battletoads game for the NES was notorious for being hard.
The game has a cult following and there have been a number of sequels for various platforms, including a crossover with the mega arcade game series Double Dragon.
In each of the games, the objective is to defeat the toads nemesis, the Dark Queen and her army of space mutants.
How to Play
Players start with three lives each time the game is started, which get replenished every time the player continues after getting defeated.
The player has a maximum of six hit points that can be replenished by eating flies. Players progress by defeating enemies while avoiding the hazards in the environment.
Throughout the game, the Toads are equipped with a regular punch as well as other "Smash Hits" that can be performed against enemies: the "Turbo Thwack", "Swingin' Size Thirteen", "Jawbuster", a punch with an enlarged knuckle named "Kiss-My-Fist", a headbutt attack named the "Battletoad Butt", "BT Bashing Ball" which is only used while hanging on the Turbo Cable in the second level where the toad character shape-shifts into a wrecking ball, the "Take Out the Trash", where an enemy is picked up and thrown overhead, a clasping of both hands to bash an enemy named "Nuclear Knuckles", "the Punt" where a 'toad repeatedly kicks an enemy after he knocks one into the ground, and a very powerful kick named the "Big Bad Boot".
These special moves are usually activated after three or four regular punches or running at a faster pace, which is done by pressing left or right on the D-pad twice in a row followed by a B-button press that triggers the Smash Hit.
Due to the variety of gameplay styles between stages, all attacks are only usable in certain levels. Objects from the environment or enemies can also be used as weapons, such as legs from broken-apart Walkers, beaks from ravens, pipes on the wall of Intruder Excluder, and flagpoles from the Dark Queen's tower.
Several levels in the game feature sections in the form of an obstacle course, where the players must dodge a series of obstacles with speed increasing as the level progresses.
Other types of level include two "tower climb" levels, a descent to a chasm while hanging from a rope, a level with underwater sections, a maze chase riding a unicycle-style vehicle, a platforming "snake maze", and a race level in which the players have to fall as quickly as possible through countless platforms to reach the bottom of a tower before an enemy does.
Hidden in four of the levels are "mega warp" points, which, when reached, allow the players to automatically advance by two levels.
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Enter = START
← → ↑ ↓ = LEFT / RIGHT / UP / DOWN
Q W E = X / Y / Z
A S D = A / B / C
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