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[[Image:Bionic Commando - ARC - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American arcade cabinet.]]
 
[[Image:Bionic Commando - ARC - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American arcade cabinet.]]
  
'''''Bionic Commando''''' is an action [[platformer]] developed by [[Capcom]], originally released for the arcade in 1987, but then ported to many other platforms. This was the first title in the [[Bionic Commando (universe)|series]] which has spawned several more games including remakes, reboots, and sequels.
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'''''Bionic Commando''''' is a military themed [[platform shooter]] developed by [[Capcom]], originally released for the arcade in 1987, but then ported to many other platforms. This was the first title in the [[Bionic Commando (universe)|series]] which has spawned several more games including remakes, reboots, and sequels.
  
 
In the game, you play a soldier with a bionic arm who is infiltrating an enemy army. You can throw your arm and connect it to various platforms to swing your way around the maps, but it can also be employed as a defensive shield by punching away enemies. You have to make your way through five stages before confronting the enemy general.
 
In the game, you play a soldier with a bionic arm who is infiltrating an enemy army. You can throw your arm and connect it to various platforms to swing your way around the maps, but it can also be employed as a defensive shield by punching away enemies. You have to make your way through five stages before confronting the enemy general.
  
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==Personal==
 
I first learned about ''Bionic Commando'' after playing the [[Bionic Commando (NES)|NES remake]]. I wanted to create a web page shrine for the game, and learned about the original arcade game and its various ports. Having never even seen the game in an arcade, I played it on [[MAME]], and was quite disappointed by it. The NES remake was markedly better.
 
I first learned about ''Bionic Commando'' after playing the [[Bionic Commando (NES)|NES remake]]. I wanted to create a web page shrine for the game, and learned about the original arcade game and its various ports. Having never even seen the game in an arcade, I played it on [[MAME]], and was quite disappointed by it. The NES remake was markedly better.
  
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==Review==
 
==Review==
{{Video Game Review|3|3|5|5|2|36%|Arcade}}
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{{Video Game Review|3|3|5|5|2|Arcade}}
  
 
{{Spoilers}}
 
{{Spoilers}}
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Bionic Commando - ARC - Japan - Marquee.png|This is the marquee of the Japanese arcade cabinet. It merely feature's the game's logo.
 
Bionic Commando - ARC - Japan - Marquee.png|This is the marquee of the Japanese arcade cabinet. It merely feature's the game's logo.
 
Bionic Commando - ARC - USA.jpg|North American arcade cabinet.
 
Bionic Commando - ARC - USA.jpg|North American arcade cabinet.
Bionic Commando - ARC - USA - Marquee.png|The marquee features the logo flanked by characters from the game in a typical comic book cartoon style.
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Bionic Commando - ARC - USA - Marquee.jpg|The marquee features the logo flanked by characters from the game in a typical comic book cartoon style.
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Bionic Commando - ARC - USA - Marquee (Full Art).png|A smaller scan which includes the cropped sides.
 
Bionic Commando - ARC - USA - Side.jpg|The side art has a swinging hero surrounded by enemies from the game. This is similar to the Japanese art, but with an American cartoon style.
 
Bionic Commando - ARC - USA - Side.jpg|The side art has a swinging hero surrounded by enemies from the game. This is similar to the Japanese art, but with an American cartoon style.
 
Bionic Commando - ARC - USA - Bezel.png|The bezel uses more of the game's content in the same comic book style.
 
Bionic Commando - ARC - USA - Bezel.png|The bezel uses more of the game's content in the same comic book style.
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===Videos===
 
===Videos===
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG620nr7vko youtube.com/watch?v=zG620nr7vko] - Longplay, arcade.
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{{#ev:youtube|3ogqLxO8YJw|256|inline|Longplay, Amiga.|frame}}
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{{#ev:youtube|zG620nr7vko|256|inline|Longplay, arcade.|frame}}
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{{#ev:youtube|R5hTRZRdZok|256|inline|Longplay, Atari ST.|frame}}
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{{#ev:youtube|u2SKjwQELh8|256|inline|Longplay, Commodore 64 (Europe).|frame}}
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{{#ev:youtube|bDGiE4wu07w|256|inline|Longplay, Commodore 64 (North America).|frame}}
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{{#ev:youtube|Cs1NZT-n1pE|256|inline|Longplay, ZX Spectrum.|frame}}
  
 
===Logos===
 
===Logos===
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[[Category: Games]]
 
[[Category: Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Games]]
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[[Category: 1987 Video Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Game Prime Order - Action, Adventure, Strategy]]
 
[[Category: Video Game Prime Order - Action, Adventure, Strategy]]
 
[[Category: Video Game Genre - Platformer]]
 
[[Category: Video Game Genre - Platformer]]
 
[[Category: Video Game Genre - Platform Shooter]]
 
[[Category: Video Game Genre - Platform Shooter]]
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[[Category: Media Theme - Science Fiction]]
 
[[Category: Media Theme - Science Fiction]]
 
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[[Category: DOS Games]]
 
[[Category: DOS Games]]
 
[[Category: ZX Spectrum Games]]
 
[[Category: ZX Spectrum Games]]
[[Category: Action]]
 
 
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[[Category: Multi-Player]]
 
[[Category: 4-bit Color Graphics]]
 
[[Category: 4-bit Color Graphics]]

Latest revision as of 13:41, 18 August 2020

North American arcade cabinet.

Bionic Commando is a military themed platform shooter developed by Capcom, originally released for the arcade in 1987, but then ported to many other platforms. This was the first title in the series which has spawned several more games including remakes, reboots, and sequels.

In the game, you play a soldier with a bionic arm who is infiltrating an enemy army. You can throw your arm and connect it to various platforms to swing your way around the maps, but it can also be employed as a defensive shield by punching away enemies. You have to make your way through five stages before confronting the enemy general.

Personal

I first learned about Bionic Commando after playing the NES remake. I wanted to create a web page shrine for the game, and learned about the original arcade game and its various ports. Having never even seen the game in an arcade, I played it on MAME, and was quite disappointed by it. The NES remake was markedly better.

Status

I do not own any version of this game and have not beaten it.

Review

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3 3 5 5 2

Best Version: Arcade

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • The game is technically impressive for its time with nice graphics and sound.
  • Harumi Fujita's soundtrack sounds properly militant.
  • Each stage is pretty unique introducing new enemies, hazards, and mechanics.
  • The swing mechanic was certainly a creative concept.

Bad

  • It takes a lot of practice to get used to the bionic arm mechanic.

Ugly

  • The game is way too hard, even when you set it into easy mode. This is mostly due to a frustratingly slow bionic arm and obnoxiously fast enemies. But there are also sections of the game where you have no choice but to move up to a platform swarming with enemies, which is extremely difficult

Media

Box Art

Documentation

Maps

Screenshots

Videos

Longplay, Amiga.
Longplay, arcade.
Longplay, Atari ST.
Longplay, Commodore 64 (Europe).
Longplay, Commodore 64 (North America).
Longplay, ZX Spectrum.

Logos

There are four separate logos used for the various Bionic Commando arcade versions. The original Japanese Top Secret logo, the arcade cabinet logo, the arcade game logo, and a plural "Bionic Commandos" logo based on the in-game arcade logo.

Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
English Bionic Commando
Japanese トップシークレット Toppu Shikuretto Top Secret

Links

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