1992 Beat 'em Up
made by Konami
for the arcade, in the vein of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
and The Simpsons
arcade games. Taking on the roles of Cyclops
, Colossus, Dazzler
or Nightcrawler, up to six players (or just four, depending on the cabinet) progress from left to right and fight endless swarms of Sentinels, along with villains such as The Blob, Wendigo and, of course, Magneto
Essentially, you just roam through the level, fight, use some special attacks here and there, die a lot
, and then deposit another coin to come back to life.
The game is loosely based off of Pryde of the X-Men
, a failed 1989 pilot for an animated X-Men series that was totally different from the one that eventually made it on the air a few years later
Fondly remembered by many players for its sheer cheesiness. Magneto, the main villain, taunts players by calling them "X-Chicken" and the villains introduce themselves with the corniest catch phrases you can imagine. There's an announcer who excitedly shouts out the name of each character when he joins or rejoins the game after running out of lives. And the plot is totally random — in character, yes, but random.
The game was remade in December 2010 for Play Station Network
and Xbox LIVE Arcade
. The biggest addition is drop-in/drop-out online play, making getting a six-player match going very easy to do - just join a game that already has a large number of players. The other addition is unlimited credits: Pushing the jump button after your last life is lost results in you immediately rejoining the game, making death meaningless
. Not to mention that you keep your score, making the newly added leaderboards mean nothing, except for those genuinely good players who can get high scores and few deaths (the number of deaths is still tracked on the leaderboards). But because of these elements, the game was very popular online for quite a while after its release.
The game is now available for iPod, iPhone and Android devices.
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