Captain America and the Avengers (Sega Genesis, 1992)

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November 7, 2013 by briantshock

This is a big month for video games. The next generation of consoles is upon us, and people will be scrambling and trampling one another in holiday sales to get a hold of a new box to put by their TVs to generate entertainment. Not wanting to feel left out in this rush (for whatever reason) for something new, I went out and bought a Sega Genesis, a system that is legally old enough to drink and has been for a couple of years now. What better way to start my new collection than with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes?

THE… AVENGERS

Captain America and the Avengers

Data East, 1992

PLOT

Red Skull has obtained some kind of mind control device and is controlling a bunch of crappy super villains most people have never heard of to stop Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. The battle rages through the streets of “Target City”, in the air, under the sea, and finally on the moon to stop the Red Skull from shooting his giant laser that will “destroy not only America, but the rest of the world as well”. Try not to think too hard about this one. Just remember to keep walking to the right while punching everything that moves and you’ll be okay.

CHARACTERS

CAPTAIN AMERICA – Cap is, of course, the best character. You can’t go wrong selecting him. Make sure you make liberal use of his shield throw. It’s fast and hits twice; once as his mighty shield flies forward and again on the return. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!

IRON MAN – Tony Stark, the Invincible Iron Man, is also a good choice and your best bet if you are playing two-player mode and your friend snatches up Captain America. He fires all manners of lasers so he can keep the Red Skull’s goons at range. He’s actually a little cheap but you’ll need every trick you got to stop this rogue’s gallery Red Skull has assembled.

HAWKEYE – Hawkeye sucks. He can shoot arrows but they are pathetic. Avoid this guy. If somebody makes you use him, just go home.

THE VISION – I didn’t play this guy, but I can only assume he’s better than Hawkeye.

SOUND AND MUSIC

The music is pretty standard synthesized fare but I thought it was pretty good. It actually has some variety in the tracks which is a nice change from many of these games that are content with reusing tracks. One thing that I noticed that I thought was a nice touch was how the main Avengers theme would kick in as you are close to defeating the boss of the level, as if to motivate you to finish the fight strong.

There are like two voice actors in this game so you’re going to hear the same voice giving almost all of the fragmented, static-y lines. Calling them voice actors might be a little generous since I’m pretty sure a computer generated these sounds. Anyway, in addition to the laughable banter the Avengers and the villains toss back and forth, you start off each start with the call to arms, a highly distorted “AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!” and top off each stage with an oddly inflected “THE AVENGERS”, as if to announce to the world who just brought that ass-whooping.

DIFFICULTY AND GAME LENGTH

Since this is one of those games where you just walk to the right beating the crap out of every enemy that enters the screen, this is not a very long game and can be finished in less than an hour. It starts off pretty easy but the challenge does ramp up around the third stage. I exhausted all my continues on the moon stage and it was game over for me, probably because I made the mistake of trying out Hawkeye then.

OVERALL

This game was always a pretty solid side-scrolling beat-em-up in the arcades and the Genesis version is actually a pretty impressive port of the version I remember all those many years ago. It is fun, but pretty short, so depending on how high the price tag is, you may want to reconsider.

FINAL GRADE: 3.5 out of 5 Mighty Shields

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