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Anonymous
May 16, 2005 2:27:37 PM

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Does anybody else remember this NES game?

It was a futuristic, side-scrolling, platform jumper where you play a robot
who can invert gravity locally. It was a third generation release from Irem
in late 1990. I never played it when it was new, as it looked like just
another generic side-scrolling shooter. On a snowy weekend a few winters
ago, I was trying random ROM's for Nesticle and fired this one up. I was
hooked instantly.

This game has one of the few unique play mechanics on the NES. The major
feature is that you can "invert gravity" on yourself mid-jump, which will
cause you to fall up onto the ceiling instead of back down to the ground.
This simple mechanic is fully and elegantly exploited throughout the game.
It makes for some dramatic moments, like when you invert gravity at the last
possible moment before you land on a spike pit. It reminded me a bit of
Bionic Commando's grapple arm in the way it seemed restrictive and clunky at
first, but by the end of the first level, I felt pretty handy with it. By
the end of the game, it was completely second nature and felt just right.

I just did a quick Google and it appears that Metalstorm suffered from poor
distribution. It was featured on the cover of Nintendo Power 22, which was
about the only marketing it received. The only place I ever saw it back in
the day was a single copy at a video rental store, which I never rented.

Anyhow, just want to put the word out and see if anyone else thinks this
game is as awesome as I do. Shooters were my favourite NES genre, and this
is my third-favourite shooter on that platform (after Bionic Commando and
Contra).

--
Tweek

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Anonymous
May 17, 2005 12:53:32 AM

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Tweek wrote:
> It was a futuristic, side-scrolling, platform jumper where you
> play a robot who can invert gravity locally.

Thanks for the tip -- this is a good one.

And by coincidence, I tried out another unknown NES title shortly
after with the unappealing title of Lickle. This one too features
walking on the ceiling. Furthermore, you can play as a rat!

--crymad
May 17, 2005 5:50:23 PM

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"crymad" <crymadSPAMBLOCK@xprt.net> wrote in message
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>
>
> Tweek wrote:
>> It was a futuristic, side-scrolling, platform jumper where you
>> play a robot who can invert gravity locally.
>
> Thanks for the tip -- this is a good one.
>
> And by coincidence, I tried out another unknown NES title shortly
> after with the unappealing title of Lickle. This one too features
> walking on the ceiling. Furthermore, you can play as a rat!

Wouldn't your claws be too small for the controls?
Anonymous
May 17, 2005 5:50:24 PM

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John wrote:
> "crymad" <crymadSPAMBLOCK@xprt.net> wrote in message
> news:118iq93h26qah7a@corp.supernews.com...
>
>>
>> And by coincidence, I tried out another unknown NES title
>> shortly after with the unappealing title of Lickle. This one
>> too features walking on the ceiling. Furthermore, you can
>> play as a rat!
>
> Wouldn't your claws be too small for the controls?

You'd be surprised. Rats are very resourceful creatures.

Actually, it's a good habit to keep rats away from your
controllers. They love to chew on the cords. And one of ours
actually nibbled off the triangle Start button on a Dual
Shock...while my wife was playing a game, resting the controller in
her lap.

--crymad
May 17, 2005 8:22:07 PM

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On Mon, 16 May 2005 20:53:32 -0700, crymad <crymadSPAMBLOCK@xprt.net>
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>And by coincidence, I tried out another unknown NES title shortly
>after with the unappealing title of Lickle. This one too features
>walking on the ceiling. Furthermore, you can play as a rat!
>
>--crymad

For what it's worth, Lickle was released in the US as Little Samson.
Not a cart you see 'in the wild' too often, though.

-lugnut
Anonymous
May 17, 2005 9:20:00 PM

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>
>I just did a quick Google and it appears that Metalstorm suffered from poor
>distribution. It was featured on the cover of Nintendo Power 22, which was
>about the only marketing it received. The only place I ever saw it back in
>the day was a single copy at a video rental store, which I never rented.
>
Really? Interesting, it seems to be a pretty common game around here.
(Northern California) I didn't have an NES when it was popular, I
start collecting for it shortly after it's death, but everyone with a
decently sized NES collection seems to have a copy, and it showed up a
lot in bargin bins when I was collecting. Anyway, you're right, it's
really an excellent game.

--
Jim Leek
jrleek@soda.berkeley.edu
!