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Brutal Unleashed: Above the Claw

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Brutal Unleashed: Above the Claw
Publisher: GameTek
Developer:
System(s): Sega 32X
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega 32X
US
$79.99[1] T-8301B




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Brutal Unleashed: Above the Claw is a one-on-one fighting game developed by GameTek for the Sega 32X. It is an update to Brutal: Paws of Fury, released only in North America. Working titles for this game were Totally Brutal and Brutal: Paws Unleashed.

The scenery and graphics have been highly improved, making use of the capabilities of the 32X, changing drastically. The most notable change being in Leon Prince's stage, on which it was previously possible to push the rival off the bridge for a instant win.

Brutal Unleashed: Above the Claw introduces two new characters: Chung Poe and Psycho Kitty; and there are four more stages than the original game, totaling fourteen, although some of them are simply doubles with different palettes/shading.

Gameplay

The game is compatible with six-button controllers, with A assigned for light kick, B medium kick, C hard kick, X light punch, Y medium punch and Z hard punch. A+B performs a taunt, which also recovers your life gauge, but in turn makes you vulnerable for a little. If using a three-button controller Start toggles kicks and punches, otherwise it pauses the game. To block rival attacks press Down+Left. Pressing any attack button while holding Left does a roundhouse attack, doing the same holding Right does a rear attack.

Like in the previous game, the characters only have regular kicks and punches at start, with special moves (taunt inclusive) and "katas" (sequences of moves) being unlocked after certain fights, following the game's "belt system" - to acquire new moves, you are given three chances to follow Dali Llama's instructions and if you fail it is not learned. Also similar to Brutal: Paws of Fury, this game has more stages than characters, making Pantha and Chung Poe appear to challenge you twice each.

On this version all characters are playable without the need of cheats, passwords or the like; and they were also placed at different stages than seen before.

Characters

"HOLD" means the button(s) must be held for two seconds.

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Chung Poe
Chung Poe is 61cm tall, weighs 22kg and his style is Sabbaal.

Special moves: Fists of Death (DownRight), Space Warp (LeftDown) and Makron Overpower (RightDown)

Katas: Hate of the Ancients (
HOLD
B
BA
), The Dark (
HOLD
A
AC
), Winter Storm (
HOLD
C
AC
) and The Faminewind (holding B+C, press Right and hold it).
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Dali Llama
Dali Llama is 198.1cm tall, weighs 38.04kg and his style is Divine.

Special moves: Headbutt (B+C) and Smoke Attack (LeftDownRight)
Katas: Mind of the Gods (RightDownLeft) and Apocalypse! (DownRightB).

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Foxy Roxy (Indrah Prashmet)
Foxy Roxy is 182.9cm tall, weighs 72.75kg and her style is Penjat Silat.

Special moves: Whiplash Kick (B+C), Spinning Attack (LeftLeftC) and Rolling Attack (DownRight)

Katas: Kuntao (A+B+C), Call of the Lotus (
HOLD
C
CC
) and Pentjak Silat Mind Throw (RightDownLeftC).
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Ivan Bear
Ivan Bear is 182.9cm tall, weighs 113.40kg and his style is Soviet Military.

Special moves: Big Belly Attack (RightDownLeft) and Earthquake (LeftDownRight)

Katas: Strength of the North (DownLeftB), Jab Al Nar (
HOLD
C
AA
) and Rage of the World (
HOLD
B+C
A+C
).
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Karate Croc
Karate Croc is 182.9cm tall, weighs 131.54kg and his style is Street Brawler.
Special moves: Tail Whip (
HOLD
Right
B+C
), Torpedo Attack (
HOLD
Down
A+B+C
) and Flying Tail Whip (
HOLD
Left+Down
Right+B+C
)
Katas: Escrima (
HOLD
A
AAAAA
, The Swallow (A+B+C) and The Path of the Empty Hand (
HOLD
B+C
CC
).
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Kendo Coyote
Kendo Coyote is 188cm tall, weighs 90.71kg and his style is Kenjutsu.

Special moves: Slam Punch (A+B+C), Headbutt (close B+C), Cannonball! (RightDownDownLeftB) and Spinball! (DownRight)

Katas: The Five Rings (LeftDownRightB), Ki Force (
HOLD
A
CC
), Hapkido (
HOLD
B
AA
).
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Kung Fu Bunny
Kung Fu Bunny is 177.8cm, weighs 45.36kg and his style is Relaxed Paw.
Special moves: Flash Kick (
HOLD
B
CCCCC
), Double Flash Kick (LeftDownRight), Hi Flash Kick (
HOLD
Down
BBBBB
) and Scissors Kick (B+C)
Katas: Dance of Death (
HOLD
A
AA
), Iron Fist (
HOLD
C
CC
) and Devil's Kiss (RightDownLeft).
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Pantha
Pantha is 172.7cm tall, weighs 86.18kg and his style is Chin Na.
Special moves: Fireball (LeftDownRight), Energy Drain (
HOLD
Down
AAAAA
) and Cloak Attack (B+C)
Katas: The Gentle Path (
HOLD
C
CC
), Serpents Kiss (
HOLD
B
CC
) and Summon Chi (
HOLD
A+C
CC
).
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Prince Leon
Prince Leon is 182.9cm tall, weighs 113.40kg and his style is Tan Ku, the Iron Rage.

Special moves: Bite (B+C), Swim Attack (RightDownLeft), Roar! (DownRightB) and Powerchord (LeftDownRight)

Katas: Rage Within (close
HOLD
A+C
B
), Leon Experience (
HOLD
B
CCCCC
) and Wild Side (
HOLD
A
AA
).
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Psycho Kitty
Psycho Kitty is 91.4cm tall, weighs 45.36kg and his style is Cat Fight.

Special moves: Catfight (LeftDownRight), Fur Ball (RightDownLeft) and Toshidan (A+C)

Katas: Too Much Whiskers (
HOLD
B
BC
), Face Gouge (
HOLD
C
BA
), Nine Lives (
HOLD
A
AA
) and Hacker (
HOLD
Down
A+B
).
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Rhei Rat
Rhei Rat is 180.3cm tall, weighs 72.57kg and his style is Thai Boxing.

Special moves: Neck Choke (close B+C), Knockout Punch (A+B+C), Frenzy Attack (LeftDownC) and Face Pull (close DownRight)

Katas: Tsumai (
HOLD
C
BB
), Berzerk! (close
HOLD
B
AB
) and Lightning Fury (close
HOLD
A
AA
).
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Tai Cheetah
Tai Cheetah is 188cm tall, weighs 63.50kg and his style is Tai Chi Chuan.

Special moves: Fire Kick (LeftDown), Fire Run (RightDownLeft) and Fire Punch (DownRight)

Katas: Divine Wind (
HOLD
B
BB
), Fist of the North (
HOLD
A
AA
) and The Way of the Crane (A+B+C).

Stages

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Beach
Pantha's first stage.
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Waterfall
Psycho Kitty's stage.
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Idol
Ivan Bear's stage.
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Swamp
Karate Croc, introduced in the previous Mega-CD game, earned his own new stage.
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Point
Tai Cheetah's stage. The background is the same seen at "Beach", with different color palettes.
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Bridge
Prince Leon's stage. Like "Point" and "Beach", "Bridge" and "Waterfall" share the same scenery.
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Courtyard
Kung Fu Bunny's stage.
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Screens
Kendo Coyote's stage.
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Dojo
Foxy Roxy's stage.
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Battlements
Rhei Rat's stage. A double of this stage features in "Battle mode" under the name "Tower", although unlike the other clone stages it has no difference.
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Pass
Pantha's second stage.
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Volcano
Chung Poe's first stage.
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Cavern
Chung Poe's second Stage.
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Boat
Dali Llama's stage.

Production credits

Team Brutal
  • Design: Rod V. Humble
  • Artwork and Animation: Andie Gilmour, Dave Hall, Juan Sanchez and Eurocom Entertainment
  • Program: Dave Exile
  • Music: ppdix
  • Creative Director: Steve Curran
  • VP of Product Development:Liz Curran
  • Project Coordination: Charlene Carty
  • Sound Editing: Larry Pacie
  • Special Thanks to the Following: Sherry Kross, John Tombley, Wendy Weber, Executive King, Travis Williams, Stacey Ruderman, All at G.T.U.K
  • Annoying: William B. McCormick
Source: In-game credits



Team Brutal
  • Programming: Dave Lincoln
Additional Support
  • Creative Direction: John Tombley
  • Testing: Travis Williams, Larry Pacey
  • Music: Doug Brandon, Robin Heifitz
Packaging/Manual
  • Art Director: Dwight Alnor
  • Writer: Rod Humble
  • Design: Dwight Alnor
  • Technical: Sherry Kross, John Tombley
  • Illustration: Mark Fredrikson
  • Calligraphy: Glen Yoshiyama
Source: US manualMedia:Brutal 32x us manual.pdf[3]


Magazine articles

Main article: Brutal Unleashed: Above the Claw/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88 №70, p60[1]
60 №6, p103[4]
80 №1, p86[5]
Sega 32X
76
Based on
3 reviews

32X, US
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Cover
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Cart
Brutal 32x us manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega 32X
CRC32 7A72C939
MD5 1738A479B0253BCB0BCFB7BF09C03ADD
SHA-1 40AA2C787F37772CDBD7280B8BE06B15421FABAE
3MB Cartridge (US)

References