G.I. JOE (arcade)
200x100 GFX Company: Konami
Genre: Shoot 'em up
Released: USA: 1992
From the game's intro
Cobra army finishes up the heavy bomber and attacks the big cities.
Then Cobra spreads mass destruction and chaos.
Cobra Commander declares "At last we completely, rule the world!"
G.I.JOE is ordered to advance and to stop Cobra's sinister plan.
This game's engine is similar to Konami's 1988 3-D view run-and-gun (no pun intended) shooter, Devestators. Background elements and sprites are resized, stretched and angled to simulate a 3-D playfield. Like many of Konami's post-1989 action arcade games, this game follows the TMNT/Gauntlet formula of four-player simultaneous action, though there was also a two-player version. Playable Joe team members are Duke, Roadblock, Scarlett, and Snake-Eyes.

Many of the games' cinema graphics were based on art from the Marvel Comic series, the Marvel/Sunbow series, the animated Marvel/Sunbow animated movie, and the then-current DiC cartoon with any shots of the four playable characters being updated to their DiC series designs Those figures were Duke v.3 from 1992, Roadblock v.4 from 1992, Scarlett's original 1982 figure and Snake-Eyes v.4 from 1991. The intro is filled with clips from the intro for the movie (which later became an intro for the show), including the Cobra Troopers parachuting from the Cobra air battleship and the animated bits that introduce the Joe team members; the DiC intro can be seen when the Laser Vipers appear after the parachuting Cobra Troopers and again when Metal-Head (one of the main Cobra members during the DiC series) fires his missiles. A picture of Snake-Eyes standing in front of a line-up of Joes with Cobra Commander looming in the background is a modified version of Lee Weeks' cover for G.I. JOE issue #109 (Marvel series). A picture of Scarlett is based on a pin-up drawn by Adam Hughes from issue #111.

Levels:(Mission 1)Chemical Plant, Air Base, Cobra Weapons Plant, (Mission 2) Jungle, Cavern Base, (The Final Battle) Battleship

The introductory animations for the four Joe team members were all taken G.I.JOE the Movie (from 1987) except for Scarlett's scene, a Cobra-kicking clip from "Duel in the Devil's Cauldron," the fourth episode of the first G.I.JOE mini-series.

The group shot from the attract mode is from the infamous issue #109, the story that features the deaths of quite a few G.I.JOE members.

According to the Japanese flyer, this game takes place in one of the most popular and vague years in video gaming, 199X.
Player Characters:
Duke, Roadblock, Scarlett, Snake-Eyes
Other Characters:
Quick Kick (seen in intro group shot), Scoop (seen in Mission 2 intro), Storm Shadow (seen in intro group shot)
Screenshots (click to see full-sized):
Title Screen Player Select, 4-player version 4-player, level 1 explosion intro/attract mode
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