The Peace Keepers

The third and final installment of the Rushing Beat trilogy of beat-'em-ups by Jaleco.

Overview

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The Peace Keepers (known in Japan as Rushing Beat Shura) is a belt-scrolling beat-'em-up developed and published by Jaleco for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in December 17, 1993 for Japan and in March 17, 1994 for North America.

The third and final game in the Rushing Beat trilogy, The Peace Keepers features a more elaborate story with a new cast of protagonists, branching paths, and multiple endings. It also builds on the Versus Mode, allowing four-player two-on-two combat with use of a multitap accessory.

The game's story is set in near-future 2015, years after an economic war left the world in turmoil. A major corporation (Deutschland Moldavia in the English version and Douglas Motors in the Japanese version) has acquired most of the world's resources and is set on using its bio-genetic and nano-technological research to further the world domination plans of its corrupt leader (Trip Iago in the English version, Kulmbach Laurinzam in the Japanese version). Each of the four main protagonists have been affected by the DM Corporation's ill deeds and seek revenge.

Compared to previous games in the series, where its English localization changes were mostly limited to story and name changes, The Peace Keepers includes more significant differences. This includes completely reworking most of the soundtrack to ambient noise, reworking character dialogue icons to digitized actors, and simplifying the animation of special attacks.

It was later included in the Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online service outside of Japan on September 23, 2022.

Gameplay

The game plays a lot like contemporary brawlers such as Final Fight. The player can move horizontally and vertically along a two-dimensional field where they have to fight off waves of enemies with kicks, punches, throws and life bar consuming special attacks. The game features several branching paths with their own stages, cut scenes and boss fights as well as multiple endings. The game features six playable characters and allows for co-op play with up to four players using the SNES multitap accessory. A two player versus mode is also available in the game, allowing players to fight each other with the game's selectable characters.

Characters

  • Flynn (known as Dick in the Japanese version)
  • Echo (known as Elfin in the Japanese version)
  • Al (known as Kythring in the Japanese version)
  • Prokop (known as Jimmy in the Japanese version)
  • Orbot (known as M-Frame in the Japanese version) - Playable after reaching a certain route.