Like Nintendo, Sega has realized that it has a classic collection of games from its back catalog that it can make a nice chunk of change by reselling on mobile and it's been doing so through its Sega Forever platform, offering games for free with ads, or an ad-free experience for a few bucks. The latest game to join that collective is Streets of Rage, a game that I enjoyed heavily in my youth and even pop in the old MegaDrive (Genesis to you guys) now and again.
Originally released in 1991, it was the first game in a series of side-scrolling beat-em-ups which would represent some of the better brawling titles on the console. While there was plenty of competition on other platforms and a tonne of copycats that followed shortly after it, Streets of Rage was one of the best in its day and it still holds up as a fun brawler today.
The music is excellent too.
If the mobile version is anything like the original though, you won't need the cops after a while and the difficulty will spike horrifically on the last level. Save your lives and continues for then if you can.
One of the best features of the new mobile version is that it replicates the ability to play cooperatively with a friend over Wi-Fi, so you can take to the streets as Axel Stone, Blaze Fielding, or Adam Hunter to "hee-yaa" and "yaaaargghh" your way through levels, all the way to taking on some bizarrely enormous boss character as you take back the streets for good.
Or at least until the sequel.