- System: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: WayForward, ARC System Works
- Developer: WayForward
- Release Date: Sept. 5, 2019
- Pricing:$29.99 US
- Rating: E10+
- Genre: Action
- Players: 1-2
- Official Website: https://wayforward.com/rivercitygirls/ (English US)
River City Girls Official Launch Trailer
Who it Caters to
River City Girls also caters to gamers that like anime or anime-style games. It has full anime cutscenes and manga-style panels to tell the story, all presented in full colour and a modern style. With Kyoko and Misako as the main characters, that also caters to anyone who enjoys sexy and beautiful anime girls; especially ones that kick butt. Gamers that like to play locally with a friend can also have fun playing River City Girls with its ability for local co-op play. The second player can drop in and out easily, too, so it’s great for when a friend is around and you’re looking for something to pick up and play for a bit together!
What to Expect
While playing River City Girls, you can enjoy an extensive number of voiceovers for the characters and a fun synth-pop soundtrack with some big names in that scene including NateWantsToBattle and Chipzel. It’s a great fusion of old school and new school gaming for both old and new fans wanting to try out an exciting and fun arcade game at home. Expect a good balance of violence, laughs, and sexy - and that’s River City Girls.
Playing as either of these two girls (or both through local co-op), you have to fight your way across the tough town of River City to rescue your boyfriends. The story is told through manga panels and anime cutscenes, which unfold between the different stages of the city or that you punch and kick your way across, or during side quests and conversations. Kuni and Riki will be relying on you to come to their rescue - and kick as many butts as possible along the way in retaliation - so it’s up to you to survive and help them!
Besides the fight scenes, River City Girls also features side quests and shops. It’s more than just fighting enemy after enemy with no end and no story; there are plot lines to complete, stuff to collect, and ways to power yourself up to be even stronger. There’s a lot of items and abilities to choose from to level up your character in the way you want to, and to get ready to face the next hoard of enemies coming your way. River City Girls boasts six large urban environments to fight across, and each one has its own enemies, shops, and side quests as you try to reach your trapped boyfriends. You can check out your progress on the map by opening up your character’s mobile phone, which will display which room you are in out of how many rooms on each level, including which rooms you have visited and which you haven’t so far.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- River City Girls has a great balance of the old and new when it comes to animation, with crystal clear and brightly coloured pixel art along with fully animated cutscenes and engaging manga panels.
- Nearly the entire game has been voice acted, including characters talking in the background while you are engaged in combat.
- The storyline itself is fun and light-hearted, and many of the NPCs you encounter are eccentric and funny in their own unique ways.
- Kyoko and Misako are distinctly different character tropes, with Kyoko as the cute, fun girl and Misako as the stronger, more powerful type. You can choose which you prefer to play as.
- Recruiting enemy characters to fight for you is a really great feature, and can help you out in a tight spot later especially when you’re playing in single-player mode.
- The soundtrack was really fun and upbeat, as well as professional, keeping the action going and keeping the player motivated to keep fighting.
- A second player can easily drop in or out at any time.
- Some of the voice acting was not very convincing or sounded very fake, especially the pronunciation of many Japanese names.
- You cannot use recruited enemies in boss battles, which would have been a nice feature for single-player gamers to have on their side when it gets difficult.
- Enemy types can be exploited when you learn their AI attack patterns, sometimes making combat too easy or monotonous when you fight the same enemy over and over again.
- There is no easy way to stop your progress other than dying and hitting “quit.” As long as you are still alive, it's hard to stop playing the game when you need a break.
Honey's Final Verdict:
Have you played River City Girls yet? What did you think of it? Would you like to try it out yourself now? Or do you think this game isn’t what you’re looking for? Are there any other upcoming games you would like to see a similar review for? Be sure to drop us a comment before you navigate away!