ANE-SAN (NEC AVENUE)

 SUPER CD-ROM2 SYSTEM (JAPANESE VERSION)

 

Ane-san can be considered the ugliest PC-ENGINE game. And, believe it or not, this comment should not be faced as a criticism! =)   Let me explain: it seems that Ane-san was made that ugly on purpose, with all its cross-eyed and disheveled characters. And, even more interesting, this "ugly on purpose" game has no men at all: all the characters are women! =) Quite a contradiction, huh?

 

Created by NEC Avenue in 1995, when the PC-ENGINE was almost dead, Ane-san is a beatīnīup game similar to Final Fight and Streets of Rage. You play with the stylish Ai (good balance between strength and speed), the athletic Chika (not that strong but too damn fast) and the gruesome and big-headed Makoto (strong like a bull, but awful to fight with!). If one of them dies, youīll choose one of the remaining.
 

Ane-sanīs gameplay is pretty good, with quite responsive controls and a well-balanced difficulty. The musics are too weird, but fit well the game scenes. As for the graphics... hehehe, theyīre awful! You can notice that right on the opening sequence, with plenty of very, very gruesome women! When I played Ane-san for the very first time, I thought the graphic artists had made a really bad work, but I realized that this was made deliberately, when I found a special game mode, in which you have to make a frightening grimace as fast as possible in order to win!! ^_^ And I still wonder how those already ugly women could become even uglier!! =)

  

Well, Ane-san is a funny game. Itīs not quite innovative on gameplay but itīs certainly unique with its bizarre ugliness apology! It does definitely worth a look, even if just to get into the funny grimace contest! =)

 

Marcelo Reis

 

UNIVERSO PC-ENGINE

Graphics

79%

Playability

81%

Musics and Sound Effects

77%

Interest

80%

OVERALL

79%

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