- Heavy Barrel
Infobox VG| title = Heavy Barrel
released = 1987
Run and gun
Single player, Cooperative
platforms = Arcade,
Apple II, NES, MS-DOSnihongo|"Heavy Barrel"|ヘビー・バレル is a 1987 run and gun arcade gameby Data East.
The story is that terrorists have seized the underground control complex of a
nuclear missilesite, and it is up to the player to infiltrate the base and kill the enemy leader. The name "Heavy Barrel" comes from a powerful weaponwhose components the player collects throughout the game. If all of the pieces are collected, the player can wield it for about 30 seconds.
It was ported to the Apple II and
DOSin 1989 and the Nintendo Entertainment Systemin 1990.
Players begin armed with a laser gun with unlimited ammunition and a limited supply of grenades. Improved weapons and grenade powerups are made available within the game, either in plain sight or within crates that must be unlocked using keys. Additionally, crates may contain orbs or one of the six pieces of the Heavy Barrel superweapon.
SNK's Ikari Warriors, the original arcade version featured rotary joysticks.
The name of the game is from an ingame weapon. The "Heavy Barrel" is found in 6 pieces and is an energy cannon capable of destroying any enemy in the game with a single shot (except the final enemy, and possibly one other boss that may have required 2 shots). The weapon has a wide arc of fire and can be fired as fast as the player's trigger finger permits, but after thirty seconds its use is exhausted, at which point the bearer reverts to his previous weaponry. Best used to get past tough bosses, the weapon could be built several times in a single game (probably 3 or 4 times). In a two-player game, whoever collects the 6th piece is equipped with the Heavy Barrel.
* [http://www.dataeastgames.com/title_heavybarrel.html Official G-Mode webpage of Heavy Barrel]
* [http://www.gamersgraveyard.com/repository/nes/manuals/manuals/heavybar.txt NES "Heavy Barrel" instruction manual]
* [http://www.dataeastgames.com Official Website of Data East Games]
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