Growing up, I always wondered why they never made a game about bullfighting. Not that I am a fan of the sport or anything, actually I think it is quite cruel and inhumane. But since they covered every other sporting event, including skeet shooting and arm wrestling, I figured bullfighting would also be turned into a game. Little did I know that it was and I just never had the experience of playing it. Until now!

Bullfighter is a simple game. You are a matador and your weapons are a sword and a red cape. Your opponent as the name suggests, is a bull. Object is to kill the bull and avoid being gored by the bull. Simple enough to understand. But there is one small flaw with this game, the bull will not die. I have stabbed this beast over 20 times before he killed me and didn't best him. He is like the Jason (of Friday the 13th fame) of video game characters, he just won't stay dead.

Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike the game. Quite the opposite, I find it very challenging. Unfortunately I have spent alot of time trying to defeat this bull and all I have to show for it is a body so full of holes that when I drink, I resemble a sprinkler. But I am having fun! Much like Ahab has his whale and Clinton has his Starr, so do I have the bull and I will die trying to bring him down!

The game features some cute little features that add to the charm of the game. First there is the red glare in the bulls eyes. He really looks mad. There is also the funny way the bull runs into the wall and stuns itself. But be careful as it only last a second and then the bull is back with a vengeance. I made the mistake of trying to use this moment as a time to finish the bull off only to be found on the wrong end of a bull's horns (as if there is a right end).

Some other nice features are the way you can lose your sword or just get grazed by the bull. Sometimes you are so knocked out that another matador has to come and distract the bull while you regain your composure. I also like how your sword can break and someone in the audience will throw a new sword to you. These little touches make the game.

All in all, it is a fun little game. I guess that they made the bull so tough as to keep the game from getting boring too fast. I guess that once you kill the bull, it will all be downhill. But what a challenge it is to kill that darn creature! (Editor note - I finally figured out how to beat that bull.  Hit the spot on his back and you will kill him.  Easier said than done, but I have beaten the bull!  Numerous times!)

This is just a review of the arcade machine.  If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want to check out ebay.  Click below to see if you can find this game.



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