With the release of Captain America: Civil War, I thought we'd take a look at the Captain America and The Avengers arcade game that was ported to the Mega Drive/Genesis and Super Nintendo.
Not sure who the artist was on this awesome cover art, but we have our 4 main Avengers from the game in battle with Crossbones, Mandarin and Ultron, with the floating head of Red Skull watching over the battle. The plot is fairly simple and generic. The Red Skull has built a laser on the moon and aimed it at earth, it's now up to the Avengers to stop him and is army of villains.
Even at the title screen for the game, we're treated to a bright and colourful image of the Avengers and the Red Skull in the background. From there we can play a single player game, a 2 player game. Training Mode, which allows 2 players to face off and allow you to get a feel for the characters and their attacks and an options menu allowing players to alter sound, difficulty, continues etc.
The roster is a good choice, but the more popular characters and members of the Avengers at the time, We have Vision, Iron Man, Cap himself and Hawkeye. Each of the characters plays largely the same, so its all down to personal choice. Each character has a standard punch, jump attack, projectile and dash attack. The only difference is what projectile each character throws.
The game plays like a standard beat em up game of that era, fighting your way through hordes of robotic grunts, a boss fight at the end with many big name villains, which are Klaw and Living Laser, Whirlwind, Grim Reaper, Mandarin, Juggernaut, Ultron, Crossbones, Controller and finally Red Skull himself. The game is far easier with two people playing.
The game was ported to the Genesis by Data East and by Mindscape on the SNES, Now, Data East gave players a much closer arcade experience for Genesis players, yet Mindscape made the game look good, but make it practically unplayable. In the SNES version, the players skate around and bosses have much longer invulnerability periods, meaning the deck is always stacked in their favour.
All in all, this is a fun arcade experience. Sure, it falls into a sea of already existing fighters and brawlers and doesn't bring much new to the table, but it stands on it;s own merits as a Marvel fighter. It's got some good action, decent challenge for the Arcade and Genesis versions, the Mindscape ports are ones to avoid completely as they are painful to play and are nigh on impossible to beat.If you can find either the Arcade version or Genesis version anywhere, definitely give them a try and be sure to bring another fellow Avenger.