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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What if Games for Marvel’s Avengers had Been Released on the Atari 2600?

The 1980s were a magical time for blockbuster films. Sadly though, when it came to comic book movies, we had just a few Superman sequels and of course Batman in the late 1980s. So I was chatting with Vic Sage the other night and we started wondering what the pop culture landscape might have been like if they had released the Avengers in the 1980s. Would they have done the same release schedule? Would it have been a hit? Eventually we started talking about tie-ins and that got us thinking about video games.

Now neither of use are designers, but thanks to some great templates and the art of King Kirby, we were able to mock up what the game boxes for the solo Avengers titles (and the Avengers) might have looked like if they had been released for the Atari 2600 and in the case of the Avengers, the Atari 5200.

First we will kick off with Iron Man, which starred Bruce Boxleitner as Tony Stark…

Iron Man for the Atari 2600

Second came the big budget Hulk, with beloved Bill Bixby as Bruce Banner…

Hulk for the Atari 2600

Treat Williams took on the role of the Star Spangled Avenger…

Captain America for the Atari 2600

Schwarzenegger was already a growing star, so when he took on the mantle of the Mighty Thor, everyone was very excited…

Thor for the Atari 2600

Finally they all came together, with the addition of Michelle Pfeiffer as the Wasp and Rutger Hauer as Loki, in the biggest film of the 1980s, The Avengers. By this time, the Atari 5200 was in stores. Some say it was the high quality Avengers title that saved that system and prevented Atari from going under.

The Avengers for the Atari 5200

Retroist Pinball Challenge #1: Completed!

Friends, the first Retroist Pinball Challenge, which featured the Pinball FX2 Iron Man table has been completed and I dare say the winning score is completely jaw-dropping. The recipient of the High-Score Pinball crown and the 1600 Microsoft Point code goes to HeathenSauce with a more than impressive 136,056,866 points!

Please join me in a round of applause for HeathenSauce and his pinball skills, he is the 19th best player on the Iron Man table…in the world! I believe a bit of music is in order for that feat!

Retroist Pinball Challenge: Iron Man

Friends, the Retroist Game Room Challenge has finally returned as well as mutated just a teensy bit, we are now expanding the Challenge to the incredible Pinball FX2 selection of tables on the Xbox Live Arcade. For our first Pinball Challenge we are going with the Marvel Comic’s Iron Man themed table!

The rules are the same as the Game Room Challenge, make sure you are in my friends list on Xbox Live, my gamertag is Unicron2005, later this evening I will begin to send out the challenges on the table. After 7 days whichever Video Warrior has the high-score will also get the High Score Crown for bragging rights and a 1600 Microsoft Point Code!