Bionic Commando review - Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Joe Crack, the star of Commando (Capcom's arcade hit of yesteryear) has been captured behind enemy lines! For a mission too tough for even a veteran warrior, you need to send in a superior soldier. Enter the Bionic Commando - a cyborg so menacing he can make any enemy's trousers turn a nasty shade of brown...
Not surprisingly, it's you that takes control of the mechanised mercenary, who must travel into hostile territory dealing out vast quantities of death and destruction (what else?), as well as contacting undercover agents on the way to rescuing Super Joe.
The digital mayhem is displayed via an eight way scrolling landscape - mainly consisting of some very nice scenery and platforms. There's loads of enemy troops on the look out for marauding commandos - and all of them are crack shots with their zap guns. Add to that the inhospitable territory and the sheer vastness of the enemy's bases and installations, and the chances of success are not very good at all.
Nintendo Bionic Commando differs from the coin-op original in a number of ways. Although the general platform gameplay remains very similar to the original, you'll find a number of additions in this NES interpretation...
What the Mean Machines staff thought
Arrrgghhh! What an amazingly frustrating game! You're going to need near god-like gamesplaying prowess in order just to progress past the first level! But difficulty level apart, you can't deny that Bionic Commando is great to look at, sounds groovy, and has a large juicy dollop of playability on offer - enhanced by the superb bionic arm. You can't fault this game's depth either as there's a huge variety of levels to conquer. Unfortunately, the absurd difficulty level coupled with the lack of continues may well stop you from ever seeing the treats in store in the later levels.
Wow! Here's a game to get your teeth into! Bionic Commando is tough from the start, and within minutes you're screaming your head off and hurling the joypad around with frustration (well, I was)! However, if you can rise to the challenge, the game has plenty on offer - the combination of arcade action coupled with a bit of strategy works very well indeed, and the bionic arm adds a whole new dimension to the gameplay. I must say that even though it's tough, Bionic Commando is an addictive and enjoyable game with plenty of lasting appeal - try it out if you're after a real challenge.
Chris Mcevoy - 03 Oct 2013, 01:23 GMT
This is one of the 5 star games of the nes, up there with Megaman 2, super Mario and Double Dragon 2. Surprised it does not get more praise.