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Hey- I'm a pretty uneducated video game kinda guy, so this may be a dumb question.

Around 1988 or so, there was a nifty top-to-bottom combat type of game. The layout was very similar to the famous Ikari Warriors. You had two guys (two players) at the bottom of the screen as it moved up. Ocassionally, whe you got a midway point in the level, you would move sideways... I remember crossing a rope-bridge, for instance. It was sort of like a futuristic/sci-fi version of Ikari.

Along the way, you could pick up power-up weapons. Flamethrowers, bazookas, etc. The most vivid power-up I remember was a big-ass "flail" type of weapon. You'd launch it, and it would send out a big spiked ball that orbitted around your guy and took out anything.

The "boss" for the first level was on a robotic gantry. It moved left to right and would shoot out robotic claws. Quite the bitch to beat. In all, I think the game had 6 levels.

That's about all I accurately describe. I remember playing it in the arcade, endlessly, in the summer of 1988. I don't think it was ever released on Nintendo, Sega or any other home game system of the time. My buddy and I can't remember what it was called... just that we racked ass at it.



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Searched for "similar to Ikari Warriors" on Google, and after following a few links I came up with "Heavy Barrel":

http://www.klov.com/ game_detail.php?letter=H& game_id=8094

Is that it?
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If it had the mace, yeah, I'm pretty sure that's Heavy Barrel. There were a couple other Ikari-ish games with a futuristic theme (notably Ikari Warriors 2: Victory Road, which was what I initially thought you were talking about... but it had a sword, not a mace) but I think that's your game.



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YES! Heavy Barrel was the one! Thanks.



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I remember the super weapon was pretty kick-ass too; only got it once.

Ikari Warriors and Heavy Barrel had that weird rotatable octagonal joystick so you could aim in those 8 directions. There's also some shoot-em-up called Gondomania that used that joystick too.




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As for overhead auto-scrollers, I'm partial to Gunsmoke and Commando.


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    Originally posted by zoggy1
    I remember the super weapon was pretty kick-ass too; only got it once.

    Ikari Warriors and Heavy Barrel had that weird rotatable octagonal joystick so you could aim in those 8 directions. There's also some shoot-em-up called Gondomania that used that joystick too.



If I ever get around to building a MAME cabinet at home, it will absolutely use that style of joystick. I'll rig it to work with games like FrontLine and Wild Western, too.





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Hey, if you read the news post he actually likes the game. Some of the later puzzles (especially the bonus puzzles) will make your brain hurt something fierce. Good lord.
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