Now were getting to the classics. What we have here is a (kind of) sequel to Commando, though purely based on the fact that we have Super Joe again. So let’s go back to 1987 for Bionic Commando (or Top Secret in Japan).
So World War…something (it’s never known what world war it was), ten years later some enemies want to take over the world and you play as Super Joe with a bionic arm equipped with a grappling hook…the early years of gaming, where story really didn’t matter at this point.
So you must infiltrate enemy lines across five levels, this is a platform game like every other…except for one thing…YOU DON’T JUMP, yep, this was one of the first instances that you could not jump in a platform game, instead to get to higher platforms you need to use your grappling hook, but you can still shoot enemies, and controlling the game with that in mind is actually pretty good because it could have gone badly, but this is Capcom and we can trust them (I mean use to!).
I will tell you now after the first stage things get hectic, there are enemies everywhere and you have to think fast, move fast and shoot fast, it’s a tough game, even Capcom said at one point that Bionic Commando was the hardest game they ever played…AND THEY MADE THE BLOODY GAME! The way to use the grappling hook is actually unique, you can shoot up and sideways to swing, this can be useful against enemies and it really makes it more fun.
I think the game holds up okay but I think it was sort of succeeded by its remake Bionic Commando: Rearmed (I wrote this at Blogger, I did play this game later on and just to let you know, it’s kind of rubbish), and then there was the reboot…if I can find the game I’ll tear it if the game is bad.
Overall, there’s not really much to say about it other than that it’s a small classic and I can play it occasionally, it’s hard, it’s frantic, it does everything an arcade game should but not being able to jump can be jarring and I think the gamers of the 80’s found it new and changes up the gameplay, which is what you need with all the same games.
You can get it on Arcade, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS and the ZX Spectrum.