- Captain America and the Avengers
title = Captain America and the Avengers
Data East, Mindscape, Inc
1991Arcade, NES 1992Genesis 1993SNES, Game Gear 1994Game Boy
Beat 'em up, platformer, Action
modes = Up to 4 players simultaneously
cabinet = Upright
arcade system =
cpu = 2x ARM6 9.3333 MHz,
Yamaha YM2151, (2x) OKI MSM6295
display = Raster resolution 320x240 (Horizontal) Colors 2048
input = 8-way
joystick, 2 buttons
platforms = Arcade,
Nintendo Entertainment System, Super NES, Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Dreamcast, Sega Game Gear, Game Boy
"Captain America and the Avengers" is the title of a beat 'em up
coin-op arcade gamereleased by Data Eastin 1991based on the Marvel Comics' series "The Avengers".
Players can choose to play one of four
superheroes - Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, or Vision - as they battle through New York City, the underwater world of Atlantis, and eventually into Red Skull's moonbase, which has a giant lasercannon pointed at Earthfor destruction. The game comes in both two and four-player cabinets. In the two-player version, each player chooses the character they want to play whenever they start or continue. In the four-player version, each character is assigned a specific coin slot and set of controls. The program can be switched between two and four-player modes via a dip switchsetting.
Each character can attack and jump, and also pick up and throw certain objects positioned in each level, i.e. bricks or barrels. Attacks are accompanied by comic book-style
sound effectwords such as "THWAK!," "WHAM!," "KABOOM!," "KRAK!," etc. Each character also has a special projectile attack, and the ability to block certain shots. The players battle their way through hordes of relatively weak enemies who die after only a few hits, then must face and defeat more powerful boss characters at the end (and sometimes in the middle) of each level.
The boss characters in the game include
Klaw, The Living Laser, Whirlwind, the Wizard, the Grim Reaper, the Mandarin, The Juggernaut, Ultron, Crossbones, and Red Skull. Other Avengers such as the Wasp, Quicksilver, Wonder Manand the Sub-Mariner make cameo appearances. The giant robot seen in the second stage resembles either the Sentinels or Master Mold.
Some of the dialogue was mistranslated. One example is during the battle against
Klawand the Living Laser, where in response to the villains' demand, "Don't disturb us", the player's character replies "Why should it goes well?"
Data East originally released a home version of the game for the
Sega Genesis. The game was later licensed to Mindscape, who released their own ports of the arcade game for the Super NES, Game Boyand Game Gear. The versions published by Mindscape were developed by Realtime Associates. citeweb|url=http://www.rtassoc.com/pastprojects.html|title=Realtime Associates - Past Projects]
Data East also released an NES version which is drastically different; the only playable characters are Captain America and Hawkeye; their mission is to save the Vision and Iron Man from the Mandarin. The game has a map with various locations (similar to the NES version of "
Bionic Commando"), representing different levels and super villains that the player must battle through. Rather than a port, this was simply a different game with the same name.
In the North America version of the arcade machine, when a player's character died, the game prompted them to continue by saying "AMERICA STILL NEEDS YOUR HELP!" This line was removed in the European and Asian versions of the game.
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