The streets are no place for any civilized person, not when wild bulldogs, circus midgets and gorillas are wandering around harming people for no reason. Who will step in and save the world from itself? Duke Davis, that's who. Duke is no ordinary chap, he's a former punk rocker and the world's coolest martial artist!
Duke is the badest punk rock/martial artist because of all his move. A total of fifteen!!!!! Unfortunately, in order to conserve energy (and because of a lack of button combinations), he can only use three of these moves per level. That's okay though, especially when the moves are fast and furious like the sweep kick, the punch and the ear twist.
The consummate perfectionist, Duke takes painstaking efforts to make sure all of his "martial arts" skills are up to snuff before each level. So Shakespearian is the tale of Bad Street Brawler that the world "level" isn't used at all. They are seperate "stages" each with it's own compelling proverb to be contemplated throughout the stage's training process.
Bad Street Brawler is a real "East Meets West" type experience. It's kinda like when Jean Claude Van Damme had that asian trainer in Bloodsport but he was still a Belgian. He maintained his Western upbringing and took on some of the philosophies of his mentor from the East.
But are these proverbs just random wisdom or the key to solving the stage? Difficult to say. You'll have to play to find out. You will have to battle bulldogs, midgets and guys with baseball bats until you finally reach the banana tossing gorilla at the end of stage one. "...till trouble troubles you..." It's all coming together!!
In Stage 2 Duke decides that he's not going to kill all the dogs with simple kicks, he'll pet them to death.
The great thing is that they don't introduce any new villains for a while. It's just midgets, bulldogs, gorillas and the guy with baseball bat. One starts to wonder if the entire game is like that. Some of the boards are protected by "level boss" type characters. Others by different non-threatening combinations of these villains.
At the end of Stage 3, Duke wonders what combination of foes he'll have to face. A midget and a gorilla? A bat guy and a midget? A bat guy and a gorilla? Three dogs??? But whoa what is this? A skateboarder? Oh no. Duke hadn't planned on this. These hooligan skateboarders with their elbow pads, knee pads, helmets and other assorted safety paraphernalia.
After Duke does in the dastardly skateboarding man he decides to take a quick break from saving his hometown. He pauses for a little silent reflection then does a quick TV appearance before returning to his training.
Along the way Duke runs into a number of tough customers. Atilla the Honey is no walk in the park but the knife wielding woman proves to be no match for Duke (mainly because her range is limited to an eleven inch radius from her pelvis).
***Special Chefelf Bonus***
Interview with Yvette Spinler -- The woman who modelled for the graphics programmers to make Atilla the Honey.
Another fan favorite include this 12 foot tall basketball player. He throws basketballs at you sometimes, but usually just walks around dribbling furiously. He doensn't want to get called for travelling.
Then there's the sneaky guy. After you beat the "mini boss" of the stage this guy comes out and does one of two things. Either he sends a flying heart that you can grab for energy... or he puts a bomb on the screen which hurts you even more. It is questionable where his allegiances fall and what precisely his motives are. Sometimes he comes out of a guy who looks just like him but is even bigger. Strange.
Then there's Siegfried of & Roy fame. It's unclear why a homosexual gymnist would be part of the gang of thugs taking over Duke's hometown. Of course it's also difficult to figure out why there are a wide assortment of wild animals in the gang as well. He's easily the games most annoying opponent, being that all he does is spin around on his back and stun Duke.
The Wisdom of Duke Davis
Part of Duke Davis' Zen-like training in between stages in Bad Street Brawler include the contemplation of a Sun-Tzu Style proverb. A lot can be learned from Duke Davis about the naturalistic approach taken by Eastern Philosophers. You may even learn a little about yourself.
Never trouble trouble, till trouble troubles you.
The race is not always to the swiftest, nor the battle to the strongest... but that's the way to bet.
Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate
The mouse that has but one hole is quickly taken.
The first step on the road to wisdom is to understand that you might be on the wrong track.
If every man would sweep before his own door, the city would be clean.
They said to him, 'It can't be done,' but he went right to it, he took that thing that couldn't be done... and he tried.
He that is over cautious will accomplish but very little.
Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes to the bone.
In victory, malice. In defeat, revenge. Don't get mad, get bad.
Whomever laughs last gets the last laugh... usually.
If you're feeling good, don't worry... you'll get over it.
An optimist is a guy who hasn't had much experience.
'Come fight beside me,' I said to myself, and although it doesn't make sense, I held my own hand as a small sign of trust, and together I made my defense.
In the final analysis, you just can't beat a heart of gold.