Video Game: Metamorphic Force
Metamorphic Force is an arcade Beat 'em Up made by Konami released in 1993, and their final foray into the genre along with Violent Storm.The evil emperor Death Shadow rose from his grave to rule the world once and for all. In response, a sword-wielding goddess called upon the souls of four ancient beasts, whose corresponding powers lie within the four men who are able to defeat Death Shadow.
This game has examples of:
- Acrofatic: Ban.
- Boss Rush: Stage 5 in the American version, where you'll fight the first four of five bosses in Dual Boss format. In the Japanese version, the whole stage is just a fight with the fifth one.
- Captain Ersatz: Stage 3 has a boss resembling a Sentinel.
- Color-Coded Multiplayer
- Cool Sword: Claude (only when he's not in his werewolf form) and the second stage boss.
- Difficulty By Region: The Japanese version of the game uses lives and a life bar, while the American version replaced this with health points that would go down by one every ten seconds. You can restore your health points with whatever health item you picked up or every token you inserted in.
- The Dragon: The skeleton knight sub-boss from stage 6.
- Elevator Action Sequence: The second half of stage 6.
- Extreme Omni Goat: Caprios, the stage 1 boss.
- Extremity Extremist: Max is most likely a boxer, although his werepanther form subverted this.
- Fingerless Gloves: Ivan.
- Helpful Mook: The weremice similar in function to the Golden Axe elves. They occasionally show up, carrying golden statues and other items that can be dropped when you hit them.
- Improbable Weapon User: Ivan's log. However, he will remain unarmed when in his werebear form.
- Our Orcs Are Different: The two mid-bosses in Stage 4, who even proceed to put themselves together and form a two-headed boss, Ganoo, at the end.
- Our Werebeasts Are Different: Picking up a golden statue (which doubles as a Limit Breaknote if you're already transformed) puts you in a mutated state that turns you into a specific one:
- Palette Swap: Lizard-like mooks are color-coded to indicate their weapons of choice.
- A "Konami seizure time" variant of this comes to bosses running low on life, thanks to their alternate palettes.
- The Phoenix: Stage 2 boss.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Each boss starts with one of these.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Death Shadow does a variation of this with short-ranged energy blasts when in his first form, along with a more normal version at melee range.
- Sequential Boss: The last boss has three phases.
- Shoryuken: Death Shadow in his first form.
- Space Zone: The Final Boss will be fought IN SPACE!
- Sword Beam: Phoenix can use his sword to fling a bolt of fire at you.
- You Get Knocked Down, You Get Back Up Again: Once again, like most other Konami beat 'em ups, averted. You can attack enemies that are knocked down.