Game: "Metal Storm"
System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Genre: Action
Published by: Other

Reviewer: Dr. Boogie
Posted: 1/13/2009

Review: Hey, remember Metal Storm? Whatís that? Youíve never heard of it, and youíre sure it must have been a crappy game because of that? Well youíre wrong. No marketing and a generic name do not a bad game make.

The plot is... ah, who cares. The plot is that you control a big robot and youíre fighting through waves of robots and such in order to, letís say, save the world. Itís the NES. The ratio of games with stories to games without stories was somewhere in the neighborhood of 1:50.

That your robot has guns should go without saying. The thing that sets your robot apart from others in the giant robot genre is that yours can reverse gravity at will. If you come to a gap thatís too wide to jump, you can simply flip the gravity and walk along the ceiling. Being able to fly wouldíve been handy (instead of up or down, you could switch the gravity to ďneutralĒ), but the controls are simple enough that youíll have a pretty good handle on it after only a few minutes of play.

And god help you if you donít. The first stage of the game has you running down a single hallway blasting away at mostly defenseless robots to build up your confidence. By the second stage, however, youíll need to have a good handle on both gravity flipping, and just plain jumping. The bad news about your hi-tech robot body armor... thing, is that even the slightest touch of anything that isnít either a powerup, or the ground itself, means death by spontaneous combustion.

Action is definitely the main focus, but negotiating each of the gameís 7 stages also requires a small amount of puzzle-solving. In the above mentioned second stage, for instance, you must travel from the left side of the screen to the right side of the screen, but the catch is that the levels wraps from top to bottom. You can use this to get around some of the trickier robots, but a careless gravity flip could land you right in a bed of spikes you didnít even see because they used to be below you. Later, youíll encounter levels that wrap from top to bottom AND are constantly scrolling upwards like some kind of insidious horizontal barber pole, and in later scenarios, youíll be trapped inside a box, dodging enemies and hazards alike as they scroll past you.

It all requires quick thinking, good reflexes, and a certain amount of memorization to make it through. In other words, itís a true old school game. Newer gamers may find themselves irritated by some of the games trickier sequences (not the least of which being a boss that uses a pair of satellites), but itís just a matter of practice makes perfect. You start off with three lives, and though extra lives are in short supply, the game allows an infinite number of continues. I recommend bringing a friend so that you can alternate. Youíd be surprised just how angry you can get, dying in the same spot over and over again.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

dead end
Jan 13th, 2009, 06:37 PM
this is one of my favorite nes games, as far as pattern recognition it's not really that difficult a game. i play through it maybe twice a year or so to hear the music again.

the story is that a laser cannon on pluto that was designed to protect the solar system from hostile aliens has gone haywire and is systematically destroying all the other planets. and earth is next :O and you pilot the m308-gunner the ultimate robot or whatever etc

it's really fantastic i recommend it often
Ancient Mariner
Jan 13th, 2009, 06:54 PM
God yes
Jan 13th, 2009, 06:59 PM
I want to thank you guys so much for this. It's nice to see this game get more recognition, and it's just a shame that it didn't get the recognition it deserved.

You DO know, however, that after beating the game you can get a special password that allows you to play the game again on an INSANE DIFFICULTY?
dead end
Jan 13th, 2009, 07:43 PM
unfortunately the 'game for experts' is just stupidly impossible. you get to lvl2 and those electric barricades or whatever that move in to crush you react twice as fast, so you have to get the armor and take a hit goin up the first five, then pull off this perfect maneuver jumping the right height to set it off, then when its pulling back jump down and jump again doing a gravityflip the instant youre high enough to clear the platform.

i spent like 2h to pull that off and got killed right after by some stray bullet and blarg
Jan 13th, 2009, 08:02 PM
Old school NES games for life!
Jan 13th, 2009, 09:11 PM
At first I thought I had played this but it appears I have mistaken it for a similar SNES mecha robot game that also has Metal in the title. That had a killer 2 player Vs mode.
Jan 13th, 2009, 11:01 PM
I always hated singl hit deaths, especially damage for touching enemies. I'm looking at you, Contra...
Turrican't. :(
Jan 14th, 2009, 01:05 PM
Doctor Caliente
Jan 14th, 2009, 06:01 PM
From a self proclaimed old school NES geek: Great game.
Jan 14th, 2009, 09:30 PM
hmm, thanks for the info. never heard of it before, going to ebay it now
Can't touch this
Jan 15th, 2009, 03:13 AM
My GOD the rom kicks my ass