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  • Summary: Kick butt, take names, and pound punks in this all-new installment of the classic co-op beat-'em-up series!

    River City Girls stars Kyoko and Misako, two street-tough high-schoolers who must fight their way through the six regions of River City to rescue their kidnapped boyfriends, series
    Kick butt, take names, and pound punks in this all-new installment of the classic co-op beat-'em-up series!

    River City Girls stars Kyoko and Misako, two street-tough high-schoolers who must fight their way through the six regions of River City to rescue their kidnapped boyfriends, series mainstays Kunio and Riki. Along the way, they'll utilize an arsenal of combos, counters, throws, and special attacks; battle an assortment of enemies; accept numerous side quests; level up with experience points; interact with NPCs (including guest stars from past River City games); and shop for a variety of items, food, and gear to boost stats and unlock new abilities. The girls can even wield weapons and recruit defeated foes to join them in combat!

    The one- or local two-player bare-knuckle brawling is complemented by spectacular 16-bit-style graphics and an epic synth-pop soundtrack (featuring NateWantsToBattle, Chipzel, Christina Vee, and Megan McDuffee!), while the story roars to life via glorious anime cutscenes and manga-style intermissions.

    Key Features:
    -Furious beat-'em-up action for one or two players!
    -Stunning pixel-art graphics plus anime and manga cutscenes!
    -Fantastic soundtrack featuring NateWantsToBattle, Chipzel, Christina Vee, and Megan McDuffee!
    -Six large city regions to fight through, complete with shops and side quests!
    -Loads of weapons, items, and abilities to power-up your heroines!
    -Guest appearances by classic River City characters!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 90
    Though River City Girls may be called a side story in this universe, it has become one of my favorite games of the year.
  2. 90
    A smashingly great side-scrolling battler that is overflowing with charm, stuff to do and faces to wreck, River City Girls is utterly essential for fans of the genre.
  3. Sep 16, 2019
    83
    I wasn’t a huge fan of the weird boss rhythms, and the shopping sections fell a little flat, but this game still bursts with that timeless River City charm. If you’re on the fence, thinking this a mere gender-swap, think again! These girls have all the ferocity and heart of their elusive boyfriends. Much more so, even. Fans of brawlers and badass girls alike won’t wanna miss River City Girls.
  4. Sep 2, 2019
    80
    River City Girls gives the beat-em-up genre a new lease on life with its solid combat, stellar spritework, and sprawling world. Those that can stomach some backtracking will find an adventure worthy of biffing a few baddies over.
  5. 80
    A fantastic scrolling beat ‘em-ups that shows exactly how the genre can be evolved and modernised, while also indulging in some gloriously retro presentation and throwbacks.
  6. Sep 3, 2019
    80
    River City Girls succeeds in evolving both the Kunio-kun series and the brawler genre itself, offering entertaining gameplay, brilliant visuals, an amazing soundtrack and fun combat. While brawler fatigue, minor narrative flaws and a slim package threaten the experience, great characters, reverence for the lore and addictive co-op gameplay prevail, ensuring Kyoko and Misako keep throwing fists to the very last round.
  7. Oct 2, 2019
    60
    I wanted to love River City Girls. A modern side scrolling beat 'em up, from a proven developer like WayForward, with bright, bold visuals, and two kick-ass heroines should have been great. Instead, thanks to way too much repetitive grinding, River City Girls is a bit boring. Something I never thought I'd say about a game that has high school children hitting zombie cheerleaders with wrenches.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Sep 6, 2019
    10
    Way Wayforward has done an amazing job making another great game! Beautiful animations, fun gameplay, and tons of replayability! A worthyWay Wayforward has done an amazing job making another great game! Beautiful animations, fun gameplay, and tons of replayability! A worthy sequel to River City Ransom. Expand
  2. Sep 6, 2019
    4
    Shortest and cringiest adventure ever. City filled by degenerates forcing you to backtrack everytime with their dumb dialogues. This somehowShortest and cringiest adventure ever. City filled by degenerates forcing you to backtrack everytime with their dumb dialogues. This somehow pretend to be related with Kunio-kun. Expand