Gameplay – “Captain America and The Avengers”

That’s right – a gameplay video!

After over a year of telling myself “I’ll make another gameplay video,” I finally did.

Avengers…Assemble!

Last year, right before seeing Captain America: Civil War, I combed through the emulator archives for an Avengers/Captain America video game. My only requirement was that it came out while I was growing up. That’s it – nothing else.

What I found was Captain America and the Avengers.

Captain America and the Avengers was released by Data East in 1991 as  an arcade side-scrolling/beat ’em up game. In the arcade port, players choose from four playable characters:

This part surprised me. When I think Avengers, I think Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow. Well, this is almost accurate. Vision is a playable character. And he doesn’t look like the Vision I know. I see Vision, I think Paul Bettany’s depiction, not a man-size solid white chocolate being.

Leaving out Thor was a bit disappointing for me, but Hawkeye and Cap more than make up for it.

And so do these descriptions! Vision the Adventurer!

Gameplay

The game has one player, two player, and training modes.

Training mode is designated for two players, but when you’re flying solo, you improvise. And yes, I reenacted Civil War.

Don’t feel bad for Tony Stark here. But by all means, feel bad for him here!

Reception (Both Mine and the Critics)

The original arcade cabinet ranks 5th in Watch Mojo’s Top 10 Marvel Video Games, with the Genesis version receiving favorable reviews. This is the Super Nintendo port. I wouldn’t complain that it is difficult, but the controls aren’t the greatest either. I’ve played many beat ’em ups, but this one felt overwhelming when you are playing alone and ganged up on by. If you are going to play it, play it with someone, as it is intended to be a co-op.

As you watch my gameplay video, you’ll notice I didn’t get very far. Not because I lack patience, but this video would have been five hours of me hitting “continue.” And the commentary would have devolved into me not being so kind toward the game. And really, I couldn’t allow that. I like this game! Quite possibly my only complaint – the use of the same voice for all four characters, and the obnoxious “NO!!!!” as the characters take hits from enemies. Good lord, it was obnoxious to hear it every five seconds!

That, and no Thor. But Hawkeye was there.

Goofy original outfit and all.

Go on and click play below, and if you don’t mind off-the-cuff commentary and watching me inevitably die constantly, then you’ve made the right choice. Let me know what you think – I’d love to do more gameplay videos!

Enjoy!

Captain America and The Avengers

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RoboCop Arcade Game

robocop arcade

Back when I was collecting arcade games, I picked this one up for $100. The oddest thing was, this was the second RoboCop machine I owned. The first one was not in an original cabinet and did not have a marquee. I tried selling the uglier one when I bought this one but ended up getting a great offer on the good-looking one, so I sold it and kept the ugly one. I didn’t think RoboCop would mind.

The arcade version of RoboCop debuted in 1988, one year after the movie was released. RoboCop is a simple side-scroller in which players guide RoboCop through a series of levels while shooting evil denizens of Motor City. The game was ported to several home systems including the NES, Commodore 64, Apple II, ZX Spectrum, and IBM (DOS). Several sequels followed, including RoboCop 2, RoboCop 3, and RoboCop vs. the Terminator for both 8 and 16-bit consoles.

Last Mission Flyer (1986)

A big thanks to fellow Retroist fan and writer, Doug, for the heads up on this Data East arcade game from back in 1986 entitled Last Mission. This is an arcade game that I sadly didn’t get a chance to play in my youth…much less know of it’s existence. A big thanks of course to not only Doug but to the Arcade Flyer Archive for the scanned flyer below.

Thanks to Wikipedia:
“The players assume the role of an alien-humanoid space pilot who has been exiled from their home galaxy for committing an unlearned crime. The only way the player character can return is to restore their honor; the only way to do so is to invade and defeat the alien invaders who have been known to frequently attack the player character’s people using a ship called the Main Fighter.”

Thanks to Data East Gamer for uploading this video of the gameplay over on YouTube!