Ruthless Triad gangs are on the warpath in Team 17's first ever release, a budget-priced beat-'em-up which packs quite a punch.
Witnessing the cold-blooded murder of your family by Triad members, you swear revenge. Years later, after learning the deadly combat skills of an ancient order of monks, you're ready to track the gang down and bring them to justice.
Unfortunately, the years have obviously taken their toll as the character you control looks decidedly old and flabby, with greying hair and a sagging tum. Despite this outward appearance, the old codger can still mix it with the best of 'em and sets off to wipe out the remaining Triad members.
The sprites are fairly large, up to 120 by 90 pixels, and reasonably detailed. The sprite detection is adequate with a white flash appearing each time a hit reaches its target. Unfortunately, the game is let down by sparse animation which makes the fighters look clumsy and far from the agile and combative opponents you'd imagine them to be.
There's a pleasing number of moves ranging from leg kicks and punches to a good ol' fashioned kick in the nuts. There's also a slow motion option to capture each hit in all its gory glory. The silliest move, though, is when a player jumps up to avoid a blow - they look like prancing ballerinas rather than trained killers.
Defeat a Triad thug and you'll be invited to play a bonus game where you can improve various skills. Kill all eight and your family's honour has been avenged. For added lastability, a two-player option pits you against a friend in a fight to the death. There's also a tournament mode in which four to 16 fighters can compete in a winner-takes-all contest.
First Contact is a more than respectable first game from Team 17 and it's positively a steal at £9.95.