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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: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Sep 12, 2019
    90
    River City Girls is one of the most beautiful beat'em up in recent years, and one of the best experiences of the genre, achieves an evolution within the Kunio-kun series, although it can be repetitive, it is an experience that any fan of the genre can not miss.
  2. Sep 4, 2019
    90
    Not since Scott Pilgrim vs The World was released nine years ago have we played such an entertaining, satisfying beat ‘em up. Whether you’re playing alone or teaming up with a friend in co-op mode, River City Girls is a visually superb, aurally fantastic, out-and-out love letter to the genre. Fans of River City Ransom and other Kunio-kun games will adore how it respects the past but makes it relevant today, while those new to the series will simply find a hugely enjoyable and infectiously cheerful scrapper.
  3. 80
    River City Girls is a great brawler, and though I wouldn’t say it rises above its genre, it’s still an excellent example of one. Either solo or with a friend, you’ll have a good time.
  4. Sep 11, 2019
    80
    River City Girls is a vibrant, colorful, and surprisingly fresh take on the classic beat ’em up series. While small annoyances may hinder its pacing, the overall package from WayForward still packs a few good kicks and punches.
  5. Sep 17, 2019
    80
    River City Girls could have just been a fun retread of some arcade-style fighting with some good new stuff and some bad new stuff. To a degree, it is - there are bits here like the money system and the co-op that could have been a little less unfriendly to deal with. But with a hearty dose of style and some great writing, it lifts itself up into a great little retro-styled treat for the beat-em-up inclined. Maybe not for everyone, and especially if you’re not up for a challenge, but I sure had some fun.
  6. 75
    When I finally wrapped up River City Girls, I thought I would have a feeling of completion. Although the game was filled with many quirky moments and dialogue to laugh along with, it never really became great. There is a ton of attention to detail, especially with smaller animations in the nooks and crannies of River City. Maybe I should have curbed my expectations? I’m not quite sure. When it was all said and done, the experience didn’t provide that end-to-end satisfaction I was searching for. Bugs aside, River City Girls has a lot going for it; however, it still has plenty of room to grow.
  7. Sep 6, 2019
    70
    I love pounding bad guys with an array of cool attacks and inventive weapons, even if I feel robbed by cheap tricks. River City Girls’ chaotic battles are entertaining, but they’re surrounded by an array of decisions that add more inconvenience than challenge.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Sep 6, 2019
    10
    An absolutely amazing and fun beat em up with really good graphics/style, awesome voicework and sound and super fun gameplay
    I was hesitant
    An absolutely amazing and fun beat em up with really good graphics/style, awesome voicework and sound and super fun gameplay
    I was hesitant on whether to get it or not at first because some initial reviews were mediocre, but it seems that it came from people that had something against this game. Maybe it's the fact that you play as two kick ass chicks that just beat everything around them to a pulp.
    Honestly, if you've ever played and enjoyed any beat em up similar to Streets of Rage, you're going to love this. It's such a huge improvement over any title in the genre I've played to date.
    I started playing this alone at first and it was really good, but the co op mode is where this game really shines.
    In a nutshell, you play as one of two delinquent teenage girls that have to escape school and the somewhat dangerous town they live in to save their boyfriends from whatever mischief they got into. On the way there, you will progress through levels of fun battles, learn new moves, level up and go through tons of very nicely designed stages with very unique style.
    All of the bosses are well designed and the fact that everyone has voiced dialogue, makes it very engaging as well.
    Honestly, initially I regretted of getting this over Astral Chain, but at 1/2 price, it's an incredible purchase and I don't think anything comes close to this in quality and design in this price range and genre.
    It's a must have for Switch owners
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  2. Sep 6, 2019
    10
    Wayforward has done an amazing job making another great game! Beautiful animations, fun gameplay, and tons of replayability! A worthy sequelWayforward 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
  3. Sep 11, 2019
    10
    River city girls is among the best side scrolling fighting games. Great game I am loving it.
  4. Sep 10, 2019
    8
    With upbeat music and a great art style, River City Girls is a good beat em up style game. My biggest gripe with the game would have to beWith upbeat music and a great art style, River City Girls is a good beat em up style game. My biggest gripe with the game would have to be that sometimes the input wouldn't go through and it would lead into some game overs. Expand
  5. Sep 14, 2019
    7
    Fun - story and graphics are funny and enjoyable but combat feels off and that's the point of a game like this.
  6. Sep 7, 2019
    6
    While the art style and music is good, its a pain in the ass to play on the Switch version. Talking about some janky input. We might as wellWhile the art style and music is good, its a pain in the ass to play on the Switch version. Talking about some janky input. We might as well be going back before double dragon with how unresponsive it is.

    Want to dodge, good luck. Want to run, good luck. Want to block an attack, you get the picture. I just wasted my money.
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  7. WAH
    Sep 14, 2019
    2
    Trash game. I wanted to really like this game since Wayforward has good art design and the game does look great and has a good soundtrack, butTrash game. I wanted to really like this game since Wayforward has good art design and the game does look great and has a good soundtrack, but that's it. The plot and humor is subjective but it is honestly just so cringeworthy what the characters are saying and doing.

    But that's not the real downside to the game, the gameplay is just so bad. Light attack is also your screen transition and pick up weapon button, which causes a ton of gameplay problems mid combat. The money you earn is so **** low while penalty for dying makes you lose a lot since it is scaling based. The shops all sell overpriced healing items so good luck being able to heal when needed, and all abilities are outrageously overpriced at the rate you earn money. The combos themselves are inconsistent, sometimes they work sometimes they don't work on mobs. The bosses themselves are cheap, they will guard mid one of your combos and the hitboxes are wonky as all ****
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