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on 20 July 2008
Tobal No 1 is a fighting game by Squaresoft that came out in 1996.
It has great cult status now and its easy to understand why. Tobal doesn't play like any other fighter around, it is very much an individual around the Tekkens and the Mortal Kombats!!
There are three attack buttons (low, mid, high) a guard button and a jump button. To do attacks we have a context sensitive system and this is what makes this game so interesting. You can link different moves together because one move may position you in a certain way, this can create really interesting strings of moves which can be pretty rewarding to beat out.
The game has a strong emphasis upon movement and position of the character you control, which makes this game a lot more like Virtua Fighter 4 and 5 rather than a Street Fighter or Tekken. If you prefer VF to SF then this'll suit you to a T.
There isn't much reason to play this game apart from to simply enjoy the experience and strategy of play, there are no rewards to speak of really other than unlockable characters (although pretty much all the characters in this game are on a very balanced level) so i guess how long you will spend with this game is dependent upon how you are motivated in playing games.
There is a quest mode on this game which is very basic but functional. It provides an interesting little sidestep from the Tournament and Vs. modes and is noteworthy of being VERY HARD!! In this mode for each stage you complete you unlock a character... but its hard work and can be tiresome.
Overall i really enjoy this game, its very obvious that a lot of thought has been put into how this game works and you have got to applaud its undeniable individualism and purity. This game is most definatly not for everyone but its a very good and interesting point in the progression of fighting games and this alone warrants its purchase.