What do you get when you cross 2D fighters Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat 3? Why, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, of course!

The successor to the arcade megahits, Mortal Kombat Trilogy continues their bloody, ruthlessly violent tradition, this time in handheld form. The game features Rayden, Kitana, Reptile, Shao Kahn (the Dark Emperor scheming to control Earth) and seven other Kombatants from the earlier Mortal Kombat games. Familiar backgrounds are included as well.

Each of the fighters in this game can punch, kick (low and high), block, crouch, jump and run. You can experiment with the controls to "chain" certain moves together to create combos, which reel off a flurry of attacks against the opponent. In addition to fighting moves and combos, each character possesses expert special moves such as Lightning, Teleport Kick, Forceball, Hatchet Uppercut, and Shoulder Dash.

Fights in this game are played out in a one-on-one, best two-out-of-three format. Meters at the top of the screen display each character's degree of health. Every time you are hit, your Health Meter diminishes. If you land enough hits on your opponent, you will fill your Aggressor Meter, which makes you much stronger and able to inflict heavier damage on your opponent.

Four skill levels are available in Mortal Kombat Trilogy: Very Easy, Easy, Medium and Hard. There are also four destinies (Novice, Warrior, Master and Champion) from which to choose. You can turn the Blood, Timer and Aggressor modes on or off.

Play modes include Tournament, which has you battling your way up the food chain of Kombatants, and VS. Kombat, which pits you against a human opponent. To play against a friend, you must have two game.com systems, two Mortal Kombat Trilogy cartridges, and a Head 2 Head link cable. ~ Brett Alan Weiss, All Game Guide