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A 1990 Rail Shooter game for Nintendo Entertainment System, which is based on the Marvel Comics' vigilante character The Punisher. It was developed by Beam Software, and published by LJN Toys.

The Punisher goes against various criminals trying to control the streets, and guns them down until he is face to face with the mastermind behind it all.

The game was ported with few differences to Game Boy one year later, under the subtitle The Ultimate Payback.

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  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The second part of Sijo and Assassin levels has the Punisher gunning down mooks in a sewer that could easily fit a one story house there.
  • An Arm and a Leg - When you take down the Hitman, you do just this as you go. While it is possible that these are just parts of his powered armor and not his own body, the sudden glances he gives to these losses make you think otherwise.
  • Arms Dealer: Colonel Kliegg is a gun runner who is filling the streets with his products.
  • Broad Strokes: The game has elements from comics with the inclusion of characters like Jigsaw and The Kingpin, and the 1989 film, as the backstory states the Punisher used to be a detective (instead of a marine like in the comics).
  • Hint System: Shooting the copies of the newspaper Daily Bugle provide tips for secrets.
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  • Hostage Spirit Link: A random innocent saxophonist can be encountered and shot in the levels, which makes the soundtrack he's providing go silent, but also takes half of your health away.
  • More Dakka: There are powerups that upgrade your gun either into a machinegun or a bazooka.
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  • Rewarding Vandalism: Shooting up the environments nets you with powerups and health restoring items.
  • Vehicular Assault: The boss fights against Hitman and Colonel Kliegg has them attacking you with an assault helicopter and a tank, respectively.


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