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A 1991, 4-player arcade brawler, Vendetta is the sequel to Crime Fighters
from 1989. Released in the same year as other Konami brawlers like The Simpsons
and Sunset Riders
, Vendetta was presumably overlooked by many arcade owners and players alike.
Expanding on gameplay from the Crime Fighters
players can hit enemies in the groin with their knees during multi-hit combos to stun them for a second, take advantage of downed enemies to pummel them or knock them off ledges, and wield weapons to comical ends.
Each player has a punch and kick attack as well as a leaping attack unleashed by pressing both buttons at once. Objects can be picked up and thrown at enemies and many contain more weapons or health-boosting food items. Some objects, like a crate early in Stage 1, causes a black cat to dart across the screen, startling an otherwise intimidating enemy.
Play continues from left to right through several screens before players reach a boss battle. Later stages include a construction site with debris-laden cranes that can be dropped on the player and the inevitable falling elevator/stream of enemies scene.