|By Para Gon||Friday, 17 Apr 2009|
This is part of my continuing series of playing and reviewing random SNES games I’ve never heard of. I went through like a dozen games (lots of RPGs and other text-heavy games) before I found this one: Armored Police Metal Jack. (aka “Kikou Keisatsu Metal Jack”).
And yeah, that does say Armored Police Metal Jack. I looked it up!
You can pick from three characters. Yellow guy is fast and can jump pretty high but he’s weak and can upgrade his weapon to a sword. Red guy is average overall and gets a gun, which is nice for its range. Blue guy is a big slow pro wrestler type and doesn’t seem to get any special weapon. After you pick a guy, he shouts “JACK! ON!”.
That’s what the game looks like! The jump attack is way, way better than the ground or crouching attacks; it’s easier to hit stuff with it, and it lets you attack from above instead of walking into the enemy’s fists (never a great strategy). Every stage has a bunch of mooks that take one hit to kill, and a miniboss
that takes several hits and might have more than one form. When you meet the main boss of the stage, you transform!
This is how the armored police jack on in the future! So I guess it’s based on a Power-Rangers type show? Or maybe modeled after one, at least. But needless to say, the similarity is striking.
The bosses (well, the two I fought) are basically easy. You just dodge (not very complicated: for boss 1, you just move back and forth. For boss 2, just stand still) and hold Y to charge up for a full-screen attack.
And above you see said charge attack. It can’t miss, but it takes time, so it can be better to just keep punching. The second level has some platforming, which makes using the blue guy tough. The controls feel a little clunky, but they aren’t that bad. Overall, this one’s just okay.