The Punisher Arcade (Hepburn: Panisshā) is a 1993 beat ’em up arcade game developed and released by Capcom.
It stars the Marvel Comics’ anti-hero the Punisher (Frank Castle) and co-stars S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury as the second player’s character as they embark on a mission to kill the crime lord the Kingpin and bring down his organization. While following the same general formula as Capcom’s previous beat ’em ups, the game has a range of usable weapons and a comics-style presentation.
The Punisher Arcade is a beat ’em up where Punisher and Fury embark on a quest to thwart the New York crime lord Kingpin, engaging on various foes and stage bosses mostly in hand-to-hand combat. Several established Marvel Universe villains appear throughout the game, such as the Mafia captain Bruno Costa, Bonebreaker, Bushwhacker, Jigsaw, and the Kingpin himself as the final boss. As well as the standard punch and kick moves, [read more] each character also has a special attack. This move is powerful enough to fell several enemies at once, with the trade-off that each time a special attack is executed, some of the player’s energy is lost.
Both characters had a different way of defeating a boss. At the end of each level, the boss would be interrogated by the person who dealt the fatal blow. If Nick Fury dealt the fatal blow, he would interrogate, then knock out the opponent (if both characters were on screen for this, Punisher would usually make a “We should just kill him!” comment near the end of the interrogation). If The Punisher was the one who dealt the fatal blow, he would kill the opponent after the interrogation (if both characters were on screen at the time, Nick Fury would immediately scream “FRANK, NO!” or “Was that really necessary!?” as the kill happened.)
The Punisher Arcade follows the same side-scrolling beat’em up formula Capcom established in Final Fight and Captain Commando as the protagonists engage ordinary foes and stage bosses. As in most beat’em up games of this kind, progression through the game is achieved by systematically dispatching all common enemies and proceeding to the right (or left), and defeating the bosses met at the end of each stage. Unlike in Final Fight, the size, abilities and tactics of both player characters (the Punisher and Nick Fury) are essentially interchangeable; they both use the same basic moves, such as punches, kicks and throws, which can be chained into combos, as well as similar special attacks. Basic attacks can be combined to cause extra damage to enemies. The game is presented in a comic book-like style, including featuring on-screen onomatopoeias such as “BLAM!” for gunshots.[/read] Category: Action, Arcade, Fighting, Retro Tags: 2 Player, Beat em up, Boss, Capcom, Mafia
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