Sonic The Hedgehog might have been the family-friendly face of the Sega Mega Drive but the 16-bit console’s first true classic was undoubtedly Streets of Rage.
A side-scrolling beat ‘em up, the game saw players take control of one of three characters – Adam, Axel or Blaze – before heading out to clean up the streets.
And by clean up the streets, we mean essentially walking around a series of urban settings, beating the living hell out of a selection of street punks. Street punks who, for reasons unknown, never carried guns.
Some were tougher than others – there was a bloke with a boomerang and a fat guy who blew fire, for instance – but each of the three playable characters came with their own unique abilities, from Axel’s strength and Blaze’s speed through to Adam’s agility and memorable high kicks.
Along the way a variety of weapons were also available, from knives to giant metal pipes – the latter of those two packed a real punch too. If you got your hands on a pipe, you held on to it for as long as possible.
The game was also notable for boasting a kick-ass early 90s dance soundtrack that’s even available to listen to on Spotify, if that floats your boat.
And now, in news that is sure to be greeted with delight by nostalgic gaming fans, Streets of Rage is available to download and play on mobile.
On offer to Android and Apple handset users via the Sega Forever brand, the best thing about it is that the game is 100% official and 100% free.
There’s also a £1.99 version available for anyone who would rather play the game without pop-up ads.
Streets of Rage is the latest classic Sega title to arrive on mobile, following on from classics like Golden Axe and Altered Beast.
This is the best of the lot so far though. Just need to get Streets Of Rage 2 on there now – it’s even better than the original
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.