‘Robo Military ACA NEOGEO’ Overview – Not Fairly Scrap Steel – TouchArcade


A number of weeks again, we took a take a look at Burning Battle ($3.99), one among SNK’s many early makes an attempt at hanging beat-em-up gold on its fledgling NEOGEO platform. It virtually shamelessly cribbed from Capcom’s Last Battle, and it was maybe that lack of thematic individuality that harm it in the long run. Properly, nobody can accuse Robo Military ($3.99) of not having its personal identification. Robotic warriors that may beat down their robotic enemies with their very own arms, and generally flip into vehicles for some time? Sure, I believe SNK acquired to that specific nicely first.

It’s a story as previous as time, so far as the game trade goes. A mad scientist creates a military of robots and tries to take over the world, and I assume Mega Man is busy or one thing as a result of two robotic warriors have been dispatched to care for him and rescue the civilians he’s captured. They’ll must battle their method by way of the mad scientist’s robo military (title drop!) which consists of a wide range of mechanical creations. There are six phases in whole, taking you thru numerous grim and gritty locales. Not like many different video games within the beat-em-up style, you don’t have a selection of characters. Participant One is all the time Purple Man With A Human Face, and Participant Two is all the time Blue Man With A Robotic Face.

Robo Military was developed by most of the identical folks behind the Artwork of Combating and Deadly Fury video games, nevertheless it doesn’t have anyplace close to their ambition. Scratch previous the theme and also you’ll discover Robo Military is about as plain a brawler as you could possibly discover. You have got some primary assault combos, a again assault, a leap, and a particular transfer button whose impact varies primarily based on how full your particular gauge is. You may grapple enemies and deal additional injury to them, too. Enemies will generally go away behind their arms or pipes if you defeat them, and you need to use these as weapons. You’ll additionally discover life pick-ups, vitality pick-ups, and a particular merchandise that can make you quickly remodel into an invincible automobile that may run over enemies.

That’s just about the extent of issues. For a 1991 NEOGEO game, Robo Military is surprisingly freed from gimmicky shows of the {hardware}’s energy. You’ll get the occasional scaling sprite when issues are available in from the background, however many of the NEOGEO’s muscle is getting used to maintain issues transferring easily with a number of, generally giant, characters on-screen. The visuals look respectable sufficient, and also you get some enjoyable clang-and-crash sound results as you scrape your metallic fists in opposition to the enemies’ metallic jaws. It’s not an exceptionally lush game for its period or something, nevertheless it’s adequate. The sense of impression of your strikes is a bit higher than in Burning Battle, and seeing the enemies break aside actually helps to promote your hits. There are additionally a number of amusing animations, like when a car-robot decides to chew on you a bit with its hood.

Robotic Military is a completely serviceable beat-em-up, and if the theme does one thing for you, then you definately’ll discover it an pleasant sufficient romp to fireside up right here and there. However it by no means actually goes past that, and smacking a robotic in regards to the head with its buddy’s arm will finally lose its allure after some time. A really lengthy whereas, thoughts you. I imply, that’s completely hilarious. I wouldn’t be stunned if all the game was greenlit on that particular a part of the pitch. However finally that thrill will fade, and all you’ll be left with is a Jaleco-tier brawler with extra pans-banging-together sound results. One thing adequate to toss a number of quarters into whilst you’re ready in your garments to dry, however not adequate to recollect after you’re completed folding them.

The great factor about Hamster is that the corporate has room in its coronary heart for video games like that along with the large hits, although. I’ve completed many of those evaluations by now, however I’ve by no means actually stopped to say how good it’s to see SNK and Hamster strolling exterior the strains of the same old hits that get cellular ports. The SNK of the previous would have completed the Steel Slugs, King of Fighters, Samurai Shodowns, and some different odds and ends and referred to as it a day. In actual fact, that’s precisely what they did. We’re now in a actuality the place we’re getting prime quality releases of some actually obscure video games that comparatively few folks care about, and from each a presentation and selection standpoint, I believe that’s nice.

By now, the options of the wrapper for these video games are identified portions. Controller help? Sure, and thru that, help for native multiplayer. Save states, examine. Quite a lot of choices for adjusting video, audio, problem, and controls. On-line leaderboards and the same old Caravan and Rating Assault modes. Japanese and Abroad variations of the game. If you happen to don’t have an exterior controller, that is a type of video games that performs simply high-quality utilizing the contact controls. I’ll go forward and insert my standard gripes about not having the ability to play multiplayer on-line, however that’s actually all I’ve acquired to complain about close to Hamster’s dealing with of issues.

If you happen to’re searching for one other common beat-em-up so as to add to your pile, have very particular blissful recollections of Nick Arcade, or simply gotta catch ’em all with the ACA NEOGEO sequence, you gained’t have a foul time with Robo Military. It has a enjoyable theme that it executes nicely, and that goes an extended option to hiding the precise bread-and-butter game that it’s. It performs nicely sufficient on cellular, and I can not stress sufficient that you just get to choose up robotic arms and beat different robots with them. If that isn’t price 4 bucks, what’s?

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