A legendary tournament, held on a mysterious island once a generation, is about to take place. Seven mighty combatants have come to the tournament for their own purposes, whether to save the world, achieve super-stardom, or to seek revenge. To win the tournament, the combatants must defeat Prince Goro, the reigning champion for five hundred years, and his master, the shape-shifting demon Shang Tsung. There will be blood and death before the end, but it will be one hell of a fight to remember!
This is it -- the arcade game that brought blood and gore into the video game mainstream and led to the birth of the ESRB and the video game rating system. Featuring simple yet satisfying gameplay, digitized sprites of real-life actors, and gruesome special effects, it's no wonder that what was originally considered a "filler project" by game creator Midway got catapulted into the honor of being one of the greatest and most influential games of all time.
As said before, there are seven fighters, who (except for their special moves) fight virtually the same way. Once you pick your fighter, you must fight your way through the other contenders in the tournament, including a mirror image of yourself. There's also a mini-game called "Test Your Might" where you must build enough energy to smash five levels of unbreakable objects. Once the seven fighters are defeated, you must fight them again two-at-a-time in the dreaded endurance bracket. After that, you must duel the four-armed menace Goro, and finally, Shang Tsung. Defeat Tsung and you win the game! Don't forget to locate and defeat the secret ninja Reptile for a special bonus...
This special MS-DOS CD-ROM version is widely considered by fans to be the best home conversion of the game ever made. The graphics may be degraded, but they're still very crisp and detailed. The major improvement of the CD version over the original floppy-disk version is that all the sound and music was ripped directly from the arcade version, meaning virtually arcade-quality audio. The gameplay is also smoother and less glitchy in the CD version than in the floppy version.
Overall, it's easy to see why this game became such a hit and spawned not just a video game franchise, but an entire phenomenon! Download it today and prepare to immerse yourself in the mythology that is Mortal Kombat...
This is a rip of the CD-ROM version of the game. The original floppy version is still available for download in the Extras section.
Part of the Mortal Kombat series