Pixel Art Fighting Game Science Kombat Pits Tesla Against Einstein

Pixel Art Fighting Game Science Kombat Pits Tesla Against Einstein

Science Kombat pits some of history's greatest scientists against one another in a no-holds-bared fighting tournament.

Who would win in a fight between Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein? Sadly, now that both of these scientists have passed on, we may never truly know, but now, thanks to upcoming pixel art fighter from Superinteressante magazine: Science Kombat, we can have the next best thing. As you may have gathered, Science Kombat pits some of history's greatest scientists against one another, in a Street Fighter II/Mortal Kombat-esque tribute.

The pixel art in this game, provided by artist Diego Sanches is absolutely unreal. First, check out the basic fighting animations of the game's seven fighters; Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Pythagoras, Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking and Isaac Newton:

Next, check out some of the game's "special moves". Just like in most fighting games, all of our scientists have special attacks drawing inspiration from their area of expertise. Darwin has an "Evolution" combo attack, for example, while Stephen Hawking can teleport across the stage with his "Wormhole" ability, and Pythagoras can use his "Pythagorean Therom" to dish out a helping of right-angled pain.

Lastly, who do you feature as the "final boss" for a group of scientists? Religion, of course! The game's final boss is named "The Divinity", and takes the forms of various different religious icons in battle:

"The special powers of each scientist represent their major theories. Each scenario is a representative place of the scientist's life (eg. Darwin is in Galapagos and Marie Curie in her lab). And the final boss will be God, that morphs into various God's representations - like in Mortal Kombat, with Shang Tsung. We thought it would be a good metaphor for the battle of science against faith/superstition," developer Fred Di Giacomo told us.

The game will be released "in the next 3-4 weeks", so until then, please enjoy this sneak peek of its amazing artwork. Alternatively, you can check out Filosopfighters - Superinteressante's previous effort which pits famous philosophers against one another in the wresting wring.

Source: Superinteressante Magazine

All images used with permission.

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Shame there's no Thomas Edison. I'd love to see him in the game just so Nikola Tesla could go lightning on his ass.

Ldude893:
Shame there's no Thomas Edison. I'd love to see him in the game just so Nikola Tesla could go lightning on his ass.

Edison is clearly the DLC character.

In all seriousness though what a neat concept that is equal parts amusing and stupid, im not a huge fan of fighting games but this has peaked my interest on the concept alone.

Are you fucking kidding me? I just pitched this a few days ago after seeing a thing on Reddit. I didn't even know it was from a game that was basically 100% what I wanted.

Except for the promotional picture of Tesla suplexing Edison through a table. Though should also call it Breakthrough instead of Science Kombat because the latter sounds pretty lame.

Cowabungaa:
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Except for the promotional picture of Tesla suplexing Edison through a table. Though should also call it Breakthrough instead of Science Kombat because the latter sounds pretty lame.

Epic Rap Battles of History has already done most of those, through rhymes battles mind you.
I find it disappointing that god is represented as a woman, while he should be formless. Probably to make up for a lack of boobs in the playable roster. But still, "it's all woman's fault" religious crap, which clashes with the core message.

Oh man, I can see it now. Newton has an act 2 betrayal of the group looking for a code in the bible. He has a throwdown with Robert Hooke(special move: spring loaded left Hooke), spends act 3 on a redemption arc.
Of course Dmitri Mendeleev can bend all the elements, so he fights the Avatar.
Also, it's too bad Zeno of Elea's supermove never fully charges, at least not until Gottfried Leibniz joins the group.

The whole final boss being religion personified hits me as bit too angsty 14 year just discovering atheism for me though. Having pseudoscience personified would be a better final boss with stuff like weoponising a giraffes neck lamarck style or energy across the ether or something.

mtarzaim02:

I find it disappointing that god is represented as a woman, while he should be formless. Probably to make up for a lack of boobs in the playable roster. But still, "it's all woman's fault" religious crap, which clashes with the core message.

Uh... how can you tell that's a woman? All you can see of it is two feet and two arms (With one arm white and one black... nice touch, I approve.).

Chessrook44:

mtarzaim02:

I find it disappointing that god is represented as a woman, while he should be formless. Probably to make up for a lack of boobs in the playable roster. But still, "it's all woman's fault" religious crap, which clashes with the core message.

Uh... how can you tell that's a woman? All you can see of it is two feet and two arms (With one arm white and one black... nice touch, I approve.).

Waist and glueteus? But honestly it's all women's fault is a bit harsh message to take away from it, seeing as there are male gods represented aswell, who are far more violent.

Ok I feel bad for laughing at the Steven Hawking attack aniamtion XD!

Grumpy Ginger:
The whole final boss being religion personified hits me as bit too angsty 14 year just discovering atheism for me though. Having pseudoscience personified would be a better final boss with stuff like weoponising a giraffes neck lamarck style or energy across the ether or something.

I'd have to agree. Science's real enemies are poor research and fallacious claims. Plenty of researchers and scientists can still maintain a relationship with something of the order of the divine - as long as it doesn't color their conclusions and tarnishes the discipline's requirement of impartiality.

IamLEAM1983:

Grumpy Ginger:
The whole final boss being religion personified hits me as bit too angsty 14 year just discovering atheism for me though. Having pseudoscience personified would be a better final boss with stuff like weoponising a giraffes neck lamarck style or energy across the ether or something.

I'd have to agree. Science's real enemies are poor research and fallacious claims. Plenty of researchers and scientists can still maintain a relationship with something of the order of the divine - as long as it doesn't color their conclusions and tarnishes the discipline's requirement of impartiality.

I have to agree as well.

The final boss should be L. Ron Hubbard, representing all the worst aspects of religion and pseudoscience, rather than just attacking the very concept of faith itself.

Lots of scientists were very religious people. "God doesn't play dice with the universe" - Albert Einstein
Religion shouldn't necessarily be the final boss.
I want to see Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a character. He was a wrestler in college. (Google image NDT wrestler to see what I'm talking aboot) He could be a copy-paste of Taeger from BlazBlue. Using gravity instead of magnetism to pull people into grapple range.

I guess Religion's ultimate attack could be Flat Earth Theory, where the view zooms out to an untilted Earthcentric universe, then a giant fist from the top of the screen comes screaming down and crushes Earth into the equator.

This...is brilliant! Can't wait wait for the homeopathy challenge DLC, followed by the professors-in-the-pocket-of-oil-companies DLC. Let's take this all the way, shall we?

Hawking with a wheelchair gundam fighting machine?

Yes, I approve of this game concept.

Grumpy Ginger:
The whole final boss being religion personified hits me as bit too angsty 14 year just discovering atheism for me though. Having pseudoscience personified would be a better final boss with stuff like weoponising a giraffes neck lamarck style or energy across the ether or something.

It gives me the feeling that this is for the "fuck yeah, science!" crowd. The people who think having Telsa on a t-shirt makes them look smarter, see themselves as objective (unlike those religious sheeple) and are in love with the idea of being scientific when that means bite sized facts and finding articles that kinda validate things they already believe.

Boris Goodenough:

Chessrook44:

mtarzaim02:

I find it disappointing that god is represented as a woman, while he should be formless. Probably to make up for a lack of boobs in the playable roster. But still, "it's all woman's fault" religious crap, which clashes with the core message.

Uh... how can you tell that's a woman? All you can see of it is two feet and two arms (With one arm white and one black... nice touch, I approve.).

Waist and glueteus? But honestly it's all women's fault is a bit harsh message to take away from it, seeing as there are male gods represented aswell, who are far more violent.

What about the upper part of the torso or such? I mean, ideally God would look neither male nor female. Or BOTH Male and Female. Kinda like the both white and black comment I made. Granted I'm not the best at identifying via body shapes, but still...

Also you kinda just admitted to staring at God's ass. Which I just feel is a funny statement to make and am only putting here to make people laugh.

Chessrook44:
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What about the upper part of the torso or such? I mean, ideally God would look neither male nor female. Or BOTH Male and Female. Kinda like the both white and black comment I made. Granted I'm not the best at identifying via body shapes, but still...

Also you kinda just admitted to staring at God's ass. Which I just feel is a funny statement to make and am only putting here to make people laugh.

Small feet, small hands, graceful stance, small waist, large belt, general female body-type, and the left shoulder could be seen as part of breasts, partially hidden by the left arm.

A female god makes sense historically (most first divinities were goddess of fertility) and biologically (males are failed females which happened to have some usefulness) speaking. Yet, I can't help myself to see another version of the original sin in it, with the game saying "let's beat the crap out of religion, which is of course a woman, because we males are smarter and educated.".

Oh yes, I stared at god's ass, because that's how god made my brain works: identify if it's dangerous, nutritious or doable, and act accordlingly. You don't suppress 1 billion years of evolution like that.

Chessrook44:

What about the upper part of the torso or such? I mean, ideally God would look neither male nor female. Or BOTH Male and Female. Kinda like the both white and black comment I made. Granted I'm not the best at identifying via body shapes, but still...

Also you kinda just admitted to staring at God's ass. Which I just feel is a funny statement to make and am only putting here to make people laugh.

I see a pointy breast on "her" torso, I don't think we can apply anything ideal to a god.

Ldude893:
Shame there's no Thomas Edison. I'd love to see him in the game just so Nikola Tesla could go lightning on his ass.

Go read Atomic Robo, Brian Clevinger is making them do just that.
War of the Currents

It's a welcome surprise to see people who are sick of the whole science vs. religion trope. Kudos to you guys for that.

Aside from that, the animations are clever. I'm not sure what it's trying to say with putting a bunch of scientists / mathematicians / philosophers in a battle arena and have them fight each other, though. I guess the symbolism wasn't too well thought out.

Ldude893:
Shame there's no Thomas Edison. I'd love to see him in the game just so Nikola Tesla could go lightning on his ass.

Edison's moveset could be a grab-bag of other characters moves because of how many other people's works he got credit for.

I know it's too soon for this now, but I'd love to see a scientists and religious figures tag battle like in Marvel Vs Capcom. I'm not a huge fan of the MVC series, but it would be amusing to see a scientist and a God or a prophet fighting as a tag duo.

 

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