Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter are great fighting games, responsible for developing the fundamentals of the genre that has become one of the most-played across the world. But, while they’ve got cool green monsters and frozen dudes and princesses, they don’t have any scientists. That’s where Science Kombat comes in.
Produced by Brazilian science and culture magazine Superinteressante, Science Kombat is a “newsgame,” which means it will probably be light on advanced combat mechanics and heavy on the historical significance of its characters, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Created by lead designer and animator Diego Sanches, the original pixel art for the game is next-level, worthy of full-scale professional productions, and to see scientific theories and developments interpreted as special moves in a fighting game is amazing.
Stephen Hawking performs “Worm Hole”
“The idea of the game is to make a link between the ‘powers’ of each character and his or her discoveries and inventions,” says Sanches on his website. The lineup includes Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Pythagoras, Stephen Hawking, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, and Isaac Newton. One more scientist is yet to be announced, and hopefully it’s a woman or a person of color, because the current lineup is pretty exclusively white and male.
This isn’t the first oddball education fighting game produced by Superinteresante: the magazine also made Filosofighters, which pits philosophers, including Plato, Descartes, and Marx, against one another.
No word yet on the launch date for Science Kombat, but when it is released, it’ll be free to play online. For now, enjoy the beauty of these sprites.
Isaac Newton performing “Optiks”