10 bodyslamming, mat-pounding, suplex-serving, ring-wrecking WWF Superstars bringing on the killer-combo combat carnage you crave!
Experience a whole new level of hurt with hard-core super-pin finishing moves, plus every Superstar has his own personal fighting venue!
With a houseful of Superstar soundbites, WWF In Your House is a 10-man wrecking crew... and they've got your address!
~ from the back of the box
I was never really into WWF (now known as WWE) although I had a few friends that were fans. What I could get into was their brand of fighting games. They tended to be an over-the-top take a realistic(ish) sport though not all of them were that great - especially in the early days. WWF In Your House is one of the better examples of the licence when it came out is 1996, a few years before the formula was perfected with the 3D Wrestlemania games. This plays like a typical 2D fighter but with a focus on grapples and rope bouncing. It has a very different feel to the likes of Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat, and with the massive influx of fighters in the 90s, that's a good thing.
With 10 wrestling superstars available, there's sure to be at least one name you recognise that broke into the mainstream. This was after Hulk Hogan and before The Rock so the biggest names here are probably Bret 'Hitman' Hart or the Undertaker. To top of the list, there's Ahmed Johnson, Vader, Ultimate Warrior, Owen Hart, Hunter Hearst-Helmsley, British Bulldog, Shayne Michaels and the freakily conceived Goldust. Each has their own special moves with buttons assigned to two types of punches and kicks as well as a block and run button. The latter will have your character run towards the nearest rope ready to bounce off with an attack, which can make for some good looking moves.
The character sprites have been digitized from specially recorded footage of the wrestlers themselves and give the game a nice look. They're animated pretty well too and as such the visuals have stood the test of time in the same pleasing way Mortal Kombat has. You can find some interesting behind-the-scenes photos here.
There were three versions released, each with subtle differences. The DOS game is perhaps the most complete, with the addition of a number of musical choices played in the background and menus. It doesn't play as well as the console ports, though, where a joypad is a much better alternative than a keyboard. With a lack of music, they're strangely silent.
Being the successor to WWF Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game, In Your House is very much an accessible one-on-one fighter and if that takes your fancy it's definitely worth a play.
To download the game, follow the link below. This custom installer exclusive to The Collection Chamber uses DOSBox to bring the game to modern systems. Tested on Windows 10.
File Size: 159 Mb. Install Size: 195 Mb. Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ
Download DOS Version
This custom installer exclusive to The Collection Chamber uses Retroarch with the Mednafen PSX core to emulate the PlayStation. Tested on Windows 10.
File Size: 202 Mb. Install Size: 297 Mb. Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ
Download PSX Version
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WWF In Your House is © Acclaim Entertainment
Review, Cover Design and Installer created by me