Friday, July 10, 2009
In 1988, the Taito corporation charged arcade game players to take on the mantle of Superman and wage war against the evil Emperor Zaas. I do not know who Emperor Zaas is but I do know from firsthand experience that this game falls under the classification of quarter eater.
The game could be played with another player, one that became a red Superman, but if you look at the artwork on the control panel it bears a striking resembalance to Captain Marvel...perhaps Taito could not secure the rights to Shazam...or perhaps this is meant to be Mon-El? That would be weird indeed.
You visit a couple of different American locales in the game, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, San Franciso, and of course Metropolis.
Superman is able to fly, kick, and punch through his foes as well as use a sonic attack that will clear the enemies on screen for the price of a little of your health. By smashing certain enviromental objects, Superman might get a bit of his health back from picking up crystals that are left behind. A staple of late 80's and most of the 90's side-scrolling fight games. I guess it would have looked odd if Superman had broken open a mailbox and found a ham?