Capoeira Fighter is a PC fighting game series.
What makes the game unique is that it features the arcade-style, melee side-scrolling action popularized by Street Fighter whilst keeping up with its theme of Capoeira. For those unfamiliar, Capoeira is a Afro-Brazilian martial-arts form which incorporates music and dancing.
In the newest installment: Capoeira Fighter 3, players have many playing options to choose from. One could choose the classic arcade mode, face off against the computer or a friend, or even enter mini games. Face-offs can entail various manners of gameplay ranging from the usual knock-out to a game “Ring King” (players aim to stay inside a designated ring) to a “Money Game” (a version of capture the flag).
The gameplay itself is relatively simple once one is familiarized with the keys. As always, keys can be adjusted in the “Options” menu. Hints are provided throughout the loading and other such menus and there are also opportunities to train and master the controls in “Tutorial” mode. “Credits” are accumulated through some game modes such as “Survival” and the mini games. These credits are required to unlock more interesting characters.
When fighting, the player will notice two bars: one large, gradient bar and a small, green bar underneath that. The top bar is the health bar and the small green one underneath is the energy bar. Players should pay close attention to the energy bar in order to perform combos. The game also allows players to enjoy tag matches and co-op gameplay. More supplementary information regarding the fight menu system is explained on the Official Site
The diverse array of backdrops and background music enhance the aura of the game. Each scene is artistically designed featuring scenes from a mini mart parking lot, to a plantation yard, to the deck of a yacht.
Combos in the game are incredibly enterprising and what really make the gameplay worthwhile. The reason this game is playable on repetitive basis is due – in large part – to the versatility in each fighter’s repertoire. The characters themselves are diverse in both appearance and ability. Each combo is unique according to player and there are some very interesting combos in the game. My personal favorite is the Muay Thai fighter, Chompoo.
Capoeira Fighter 3 is the epitome of a game truly taking a unique idea and using it to great effect. This creativity of drawing from the template of predecessor side-scrolling fighting games while still breaking free from the traditional mold could explain why it such a success and consistently earns above-average ratings on many of the gaming websites where it is featured. The backgrounds are surreal, there is a diverse cast of characters, and the combos are compelling. All in all, this is one highly-addictive, fun game.