Metal Slug is a Japanese run and gun video game series originally created by Nazca Corporation before merging with SNK in 1996 after the completion of the first game in the series. Spin-off games include a third-person shooter to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the series and a tower defense game for the mobile platform.
Metal Slug Gameplay
The player has to constantly shoot at a continual stream of enemies in order to reach the end of a level. At the end of each level, the player must confront a boss who is often considerably larger than regular enemies and takes multiple shots to defeat. On the way through the level, the player finds weapons upgrades and “Slug” vehicles that can be used not only as weapons but also as added defense.
The protagonists can perform melee attacks by using a knife and/or kicking. The player does not die for simply coming into contact with most enemies. Correspondingly, many of the enemy troops have melee attacks. Much of the game’s scenery is destructible. Sometimes this reveals extra items or powerups, other times it simply results in collateral damage.
During the course of a level, the player encounters POWs. If these are freed, the player can receive bonuses in the form of random items or weapons. The player receives a score bonus for freeing prisoners at the end of the level; at this point the game shows the name and rank of each POW freed. If the player dies before the end of the level, the tally of freed prisoners is deleted.
There are a total of six levels, with themes ranging from forests, garrisoned cities, snowy mountain valleys, canyons, and military bases.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who developed Metal Slug?
SNK, Nazca Corporation, Irem
When was Metal Slug made?
April 19, 1996
What genre is Metal Slug?
Shoot ’em up
What is Metal Slug Anthology?
Is a video game compilation for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, PC and the Wii. … The game also marks the return of SNK Playmore as a third-party developer for a Nintendo console since the SNES era.
What system is Metal Slug on?
There is also an anthology of the first 7 games in the main series (including Metal Slug X) available for the Wii, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation 2. In 2009, the three first games were officially ported by Games Load to Windows.