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Release year: 1996 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Nazca Corporation / SNK
Metal Slug (Neo Geo)
Super Vehicle-001: Metal Slug (AKA メタルスラッグ Metaru Suraggu in Japan) is a platform action run and gun video game developed by Nazca Corporation for the Neo Geo MVS and AES systems in 1996. It was followed by Metal Slug 2 in 1998 and Metal Slug 3 (2000).
This game is one of the best side-scrolling run and gun games ever developed. The story follows the mission of Marco and Tarma. They’re soldiers aimed to stop Morden, a madman dedicated to dominating the world. Armed and ready, they make way through the levels defeating Morden’s army along the way. They’re assisted by the powerful tank called Metal Slug.
The game’s controls are comfortable and easy to learn. It has 8-way joystick movements with jump, bomb, and shoot. Controlling a turret may take some practice, but it’ll get easier after a few levels. The goal of the game is to shoot everything, take care of hostages, and collect weapons and power-ups. It’s really an enjoyable action game that isn’t complicated. Both the gameplay and controls are amazingly executed.
The great soundtrack gives a heroic mood to the whole game. But, the music is drowned by sounds of enemies’ screams and gunshots. It’s easy to get used to the sounds after a few rounds.
Metal Slug is easy to love with its cartoonish visual style. The characters’ over-the-top expressions and strangely-shaped war machines give it its unique look. It contains some slapstick humor which most genre entries don’t have. The screen can get quite packed with several sprites and explosions. But, it’s manageable (and some would argue that it’s a good thing). The scrolling effects though, are definitely impressive.
Metal Slug doesn’t have multiple paths and secret areas, unlike other Slug games. Players still continue to play this game to set high scores and fastest time records. Others try to test their skills by getting through the game with no deaths. The game is so much fun that players invent ways to continue playing after finishing all the levels.
Regardless of how old this epic game gets, it is always exciting to play again and again. It’s insanely fun and basically one of the best things on SNK’s gaming system.
Super Vehicle-001: Metal Slug has been ported to Arcade, Neo Geo (this version), Sega Saturn, Neo Geo, Windows, PlayStation, Xbox, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, Wii, iPhone, iPod touch, Android.