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I know this was way overdo... but at least it is done!

Posted by Amnail on Mar 6th, 2008

Released in 1994 by Epic MegaGames, One Must Fall: 2097
replaces the human combatants typical of contemporary fighter video games with large Human Assisted Robots (HAR). These HARs are piloted through a physical and mental link to the human pilots; however, this is merely a plot concept, and it is never shown on-screen, nor does it factor in to gameplay. Eleven HARs and ten customizable pilots are available for play, along with five arenas and four tournaments. The pilots vary in strength, speed and endurance, thus the many HAR/pilot combinations allow for large replay value.

Unlike in most fighting games of its time, the arenas (except one, the Stadium) contain hazards. For instance, one arena features spikes coming out of the wall that can damage your robot, and one has a floating sphere that, when struck, triggers a fireball from the floor under your opponent.

The game was later patched to include multiplayer support. On February 10, 1999, the game was declared freeware by the developers. Though it did not fare well commercially, likely due to a combination of lack of marketing and attention from gaming magazines, it has developed a cult following over the years on the internet. Its graphics, gameplay, music (composed using ST3), and details - like the anime-style "news anchors" in between fights are cited as reasons for this attention.

The ten main HARs and their features are:

  • Jaguar (concussion cannon)
  • Shadow (creates duplicates of itself)
  • Thorn (heavy spikes)
  • Pyros (flamethrowers)
  • Electra (electric bolts)
  • Katana (monomolecular blades)
  • Shredder (detachable magnetic hands)
  • Flail (two swinging chains, wheels)
  • Gargoyle (wings)
  • Chronos (teleportation, time shift)

The eleventh HAR, the Nova, is the final battle in story mode, and is only playable in tournament mode (or through the use of cheat codes in story mode). It is equipped with heavy missiles and grenades, and is by far the tallest of the available robots. Each HAR has three special attacks that can be discovered (except for Shadow, which has four), along with a "scrap" and "destruction" move (similar to fatalities in Mortal Kombat) that can earn bonus points and, in some cases, unlock secrets.

You can download One Must Fall: 2097 here:

You can download DOSBox here:

Or alternatively, you can download the installer I put together, and no need to download anything else:

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Amnail Author
Amnail Mar 9 2008 says:

Eh? Who took down the links? The game is freeware!

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Malvado_Zombie[X] Mar 19 2008 replied:

I play it... Is a good game for it age, nice graphics. Nice work posting about it :)

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Amnail Author
Amnail Mar 20 2008 replied:


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QuaziGnrlNose Apr 30 2008 says:

this was made by Gears of war company sweet lol

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leilei Apr 30 2008 replied:

actually no it's just distributed by gears of war company sweet lol

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Connway May 20 2008 says:

Heck yeah. OMF is the granddaddy of all side-scroll fighters!

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leilei May 20 2008 replied:

maybe but the scary part is that there's barely anything to scroll to the side!!! omg!

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SysOp. Sep 1 2008 says:

Hey, that's an excellent posting.

Thanks for it. I'll try it the next weekend :)

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Tzaechireon Dec 10 2008 says:

So that's what its called. I remember watching my dad play it when I was 3 years old or something. He only had 2 HARs to choose from because we misplaced the CD.

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Kuze Dec 25 2010 says:

This game is awesome...I remember playing with my friend all the time.

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